- Donna Benjamin is trying to raise money to get The National Library of Australia to digitise The Dawn, Louisa Lawson’s Australian journal for women from the nineteenth century.
- Joseph Reagle has posted the introduction to a draft of his article “‘Free as in Sexist?’: Sexism in the Free Culture Movement”.Â “…while ‘free’ may denote freedom, that freedom, so far, has included the ability of one group of participants to alienate another.” Reagle is quoted in a New York Times article about the gender imbalance of Wikipedia’s participant base, as is Kat Walsh, Wikimedia board member.Â Walsh doesn’t think Wikipedia has a monolithic culture that’s unfriendly to women, but she does want greater diversity among its participants.
- Both keynote speakers at this year’s Southern California Linux Expo (SCALE 9X) are women: Jane Silber, CEO of Canonical, and Leigh Honeywell, HackLab TO president and cofounder (and Geek Feminism blogger).
- More Dickwolves grossness: Melissa McEwan has a roundup at Offended Is the Worst Thing to Be (
some of the most remarkably insensitive minimization of sexual violence and some of the most callous ridicule of survivors I have ever seen), The Pratfall of Penny Arcade – A Timeline has links to problematic comics and tweets and (warning) I hate neckbeards and rape apologists has the comics graphics.
- Raiders of the Lost Etiology:
… this vexatious quest betrays another deeply rooted assumption about gender in our society that plainly reveals our position as The Other. Where are the studies that inquire why cis people are cis? Or why heterosexual people are het?
- Linking Citizens United to Octavia Butler’s Science Fiction:
What would Octavia Butler say about the way corporate power is growing? What solutions would she write into a novel in which people who had for generations gained citizenship by virtue of their humanity and place of birth are slowly edged out of citizenship because they lack access to money?
- Chromatic Campaign, anyone?: The Case For Rashida Jones To Play Lois Lane, also with a history of other portrayals of Lois Lane as a woman of color.
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