- Fans Take Videogame Damsels Out of Distress, Put Them in Charge | The Wall Street Journal: Players Rewrite Story Lines to Highlight Heroines; Princess Peach Saves Mario
- Tumblr rejects Disney’s billionth white princess | The Daily Dot: “This Could Have Been Frozen is a Tumblr dedicated to the idea of an alternate Frozen where some of the lead characters are people of color.”
- How my spoof BBC Question Time Twitter account showed me the level of abuse political women face on social media | Martin Belam: “Operating a spoof Twitter account during BBC Question Time gave me a glimpse of the level of misogyny that women in politics face on social media every day.”
- Writers, artists, editors, everyone taking part in the creative process – DON’T DO THIS | The Bird and The Bat: there comes a point where you have to put your foot down and say, “I will not give you money to offend me.”
- Gender as represented in spec script sales | Go Into The Story: Wonder why you don’t see more sci fi films written by women? @SusanDelCampo has written a groundbreaking analysis gender & spec script sales
- 15-year-old girl invents flashlight powered by the heat of your hand | Extreme Tech: “Makosinski said she’s been quite interested in harvesting unused energy in the surrounding environment, which led her to discover Peltier tiles.”
- Evi Nemeth, retired CU-Boulder computer professor, missing at sea near New Zealand | Daily Camera: “Retired University of Colorado professor Evi Nemeth, a computer engineer renowned in tech circles for her expertise in UNIX and Linux systems, is reportedly lost at sea between New Zealand and Australia.” (Sadly, the search has since been suspended.)
- Why Penny Arcade’s Foot-in-Mouth Problem Is Bigger Than Penny Arcade | Wired: “But what Krahulik—like a lot of the self-identified “geek” community—doesn’t seem to understand is that a history as a target doesn’t translate to license to shoot wherever his own crosshairs happen to fall.”
- What Does Feminism Have to Offer Me? | 2013 USENIX Women in Advanced Computing Summit: “Studying feminism at an all-women’s college gave me tools I have used to combat impostor syndrome, improve my work environment, and form lasting collaborative relationships with people of any gender. This talk will provide an introduction to feminist thought and offer pragmatic ways it can be applied to our day-to-day experiences as programmers.”
- More than a Meat Market | The Order of the White Feather: “Dismemberment of women in media is not a topic talked about often enough. It is so normalized that most people don’t even realize that they are looking at an image of something that was human. The image of a person becomes a part, a chunk, a piece of meat. A woman becomes her thighs, her hips, her breasts. She stops being a person. Once she is dehumanized, she becomes an item for consumption. That is what happened to me and many other women attending this convention.”
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