Anthropologist Biella Coleman just posted “1998 and the Irish Accent is Why I Study F/OSS”. She quotes a rumination by Don Marti on 1998 as a crucial and strange year in tech:
…there was all this fascinating news and code for â€¨recruiting new hackers at the same time that thereâ€¨ was a huge power grab intended to drive hackers out.
Biella tells her own 1998 story as well:
…that was the year I ditched my other project and decided to go with F/OSS for my dissertation….I let the idea go for a few weeks, possibly months until one Very Important Conversation over coffee transpired with an Irish classmate…
So I asked my co-bloggers to tell us whether 1998 was a pivotal year for them, too. For most of us, it was.
Fairly recent items from around the web:
Green, by Jay Lake
- The Hathor Legacy reviews and recommends “Green” by Jay Lake, a new fantasy novel about a young, bisexual woman of colour.
- K. Tempest Bradford on Creating Better Magazines (and Anthologies): “The present and the future of the genre and the community is not just heterosexual, able-bodied, upper or middle-class American or British white males. The future of SF is made up of women and people of color, and people of various cultures and classes, and LGBT folks, and non-Americans and non-Western nationalities (China, India, the Philippines, to name just three).”
- Editorial work is hard, asshole. “This response to Tempest’s post (above) reads like a list of things I wish had thought to put on the tips for finding women speakers.” – Skud
- Trigger warning Harriet Jacobs of Fugitivus recounts in Two More Things how a fellow D&D roleplayer of allegedly liberal beliefs made constant misogynist jokes in character.
- Socialogical Images: a collection of items related to gender and science/tech topics.
- OTW: two early fan-written Star Trek novels by Jane Land are now available online through the Open Doors project. “Kista (1986), a novel about Christine Chapel, was described by the author as, ‘an attempt to rescue one of Star Trek’s female characters from an artificially-imposed case of foolishness.’”
- The nonprofit scifi/fantasy magazine Strange Horizons needs to raise about $5500 more in its annual fund drive. Â One of the most women-friendly pro markets in our genre: the editors publish more fiction by female than male authors, and have been considering gender issues in SF publishing for a while.
- Girls have less free time to play video games than boys do. Â ”Our findings suggest that one reason women play fewer games than men is because they are required to fulfill more obligatory activities, leaving them less available leisure time.” Â Comments from Amanda Marcotte and Hugo Schwyzer. Â How many girls get as much free, unstructured time to game and hack as their male counterparts?
- Blogger rawlesÂ suggests that it’s more empowering to see Nyota Uhura get the guy in the new Trek movie than it was for her to be single in the original series. Â In mainstream media, “[t]his near total invisibility [of black women] is perhaps the very first thing that I think needs to be understood in any feminist discourse about Uhura, but it seems to be the last thing most people talk about.”
Again, if you see something geek-feminist that we should link to in the next roundup, drop us a comment.