Counting Colored Cash: there’s plenty of successful media with central characters of color, there’s plenty of whitewashed/all-white media that flops. So why the myth that all-white/whitewashing is just good business?
Trigger warningResistance Is Useful: An Essay: Weâ€™re going to talk about geek culture, about misogyny, about rape culture and rape apologismâ€¦ Weâ€™re going to talk about my experience of this in a small Australian city
Trigger warningKeycon: I posted a few months ago about starting the Back-Up Project at Keycon, and was looking for suggestions on panels. I was asked to talk to both women and men and get a general idea of what the situation was at Keycon, and how safe it was for women. The results were absolutely horrifying. I couldn’t find a single woman who hadn’t been followed, groped, or harassedâ€¦ Looks like Keycon doesn’t care about preventing the assault of women OR children.
Marginalization Is Not a MonolithSee, this is why sometimes criticism and fannishness should be kept apartâ€¦ You defend your object of fannishness to the deathâ€¦ but when your fannishness edges into shutting other people down, itâ€™s no longer okay.
Photography and Sexism in the Skeptical Movement: Unless Mr Dunning has reversed the image on the flip side of his single, with the young woman in a tux and himself completely naked and on his knees serving her, than I do not see how this photograph can do anything but send the message than his view is that women are of a lesser value and merely objects to be used in skepticism.
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The Royal Society’s lost women scientists: A study of the Royal Society’s archives reveals that women played a far more important role in the development and dissemination of science than had previously been thought
Rock Stars Vs Cheerleaders:scicurious questions the Science Cheerleaders and whether scientists and rock stars do much for science by hanging out in GQ.
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There’s an argument that comes up a lot in (geek) feminism discussions:
This isn’t a problem with $community, it’s a problem with society
This is used to explain everything from distasteful jokes to someone’s inability to spell, but especially it’s used to “explain” why there aren’t more women in the community or why they have crummy experiences when they do participate. And it raises the question:
Why can’t geek communities be better than society as a whole?
If you reported a software bug and the developers said, “we don’t believe you. Or the other 50 people who reported this bug,” you’d be annoyed, along with 50 other people. If they said “it’s someone else’s problem, XYZ software/hardware sucks” you’d be pretty unsatisfied, even if it was true.
What you want to hear is “thanks for reporting that! I’ll get it fixed right away.” And you still feel like they care if they say “well, that’s because XYZ software/hardware sucks, but we can do this workaround…”
Geek communities are full of smart, inventive people who produce everything from free software to fan fiction. I think we can probably do better than putting an SEP field around issues.
In academia, Hard Problems are the ones that are worthy of further study, research, and discussion. In geekdom, we like to eat impossible for lunch. So stop shuffling your feet and waiting for the “there aren’t many women participating” bug to be fixed upstream. We might need some clever social hackers to find us good workarounds, but know what? We’ve got just the sort of talent in our communities that might manage it. If people could only admit to themselves that it’s not someone else’s problem.