- Women do not apply to ‘male-sounding’ job postings | Klaus Becker at Technische Universität München (April 3): “If the advertisement described a large number of traits associated with men, the women found it less appealing and were less inclined to apply. Such traits include ‘assertive’, ‘independent’, ‘aggressive’ and ‘analytical’. Women found words like ‘dedicated’, ‘responsible’, ‘conscientious’ and ‘sociable’ more appealing. For male test subjects, on the other hand, the wording of the job advertisement made no difference.” (Citations follow the press release.)
- Is the Oculus Rift sexist? (plus response to criticism) | danah boyd at apophenia (April 3): “[M]ilitary researchers had noticed that women seemed to get sick at higher rates in simulators than men. While they seemed to be able to eventually adjust to the simulator, they would then get sick again when switching back into reality. Being an activist and a troublemaker, I walked straight into the office of the head CAVE researcher and declared the CAVE sexist.” Warning: as discussed at the end of the piece, boyd uses some language that trans people have criticised, explaining it as the language of her trans informants.
- Introducing ‘Sexism Ed’ | Kelly J. Baker at Chronicle Vitae (April 2): “But look: We could lean in until our backs were permanently bent forward and still face discrimination, bias, harassment, and more recently, rescinded job offers… I’ll be writing an occasional column—I’ll call it Sexism Ed—as a way to continue the conversation on sexism and gender discrimination in higher ed.”
- Creepshots: Microsoft discovers an on-campus peeping tom | Nate Anderson at Ars Technica (April 5): “The Muvi camera [found by a Microsoft vendor employee] contained ‘upskirt’ video footage of women climbing stairs or escalators—or sometimes just standing in checkout lines—and some of it had been shot on Microsoft’s campus.”
Lots of goodness in Model View Culture‘s Funding issue, including:
- Hiring, Rock Stars, and How Camaraderie Fails Us | Alyssa Kwan Imagine a Silicon Valley funding culture that focused on building great engineering teams rather than recruiting individual great engineers.
- A two-parter: Gawking At Rape Culture | Kiriko Kikuchi, Mike Kim and Dorothy Kim and The #TwitterEthics Manifesto | Dorothy Kim and Eunsong Kim
- Networking for Capital: Advice for Entrepreneurs Getting Started in Tech | Christine Johnson If companies founded by underrepresented groups are to ging an occasional column—I’ll call it Sexism Ed—as a way to continue the conversation on sexism and gender discrimination in higher ed.”row and scale, they must be vigilant in creating their sphere of influence.
- Shit Men Say to Women Founders | Shanley Kane and Amelia Greenhall “Good luck with your project.” “What’s your real job?” Plus, random bits of advice and brilliant ideas for business that we’ve never thought of before.
- Five Good Things Happening in Venture Capital | Shanley Kane Often, the worlds of venture capital and tech investing seem almost totally full of bad news. But there are signs that change is coming.
Check out the whole issue!