- The frustrating dichotomy of Silicon Valley | Molly McHugh at The Kernel (November 23): “In short, this issue tackles the big ‘why’ behind hating Silicon Valley, and at the same time acknowledges our fault in enabling the monster it’s become. Are we the users or just the products, and is there even a difference anymore?”
- Letter from a Former Gamergater | Brianna Wu at Space Channel 6 (December 5): “I am so sorry about the way you have been treated.”
- Online firm Zillow ranked female employees by breast size | Arturo Garcia at Raw Story (December 2): “The suit by Rachel Kremer, filed in Orange County on Monday, accuses supervisors at the company’s Irvine office of cultivating an ‘adult frat house’ culture and refusing to take action when she reported the offensive behavior. Kremer also accuses the Seattle-based company of firing her for bringing the harassment to light.”
- Building a Character: Cremisius “Krem” Aclassi | Patrick Weekes at the Bioware Blog (December 4): “First, any conversation about [a character being trans or genderqueer] had to come up naturally in-game. A minor character like a shopkeeper would have no reason to explain that she is trans… Second, the character had to serve a purpose beyond ‘being there to be a genderqueer person.’ Every character in our game serves a purpose…”
- To address tech’s diversity woes, start with the vanishing Comp Sci classroom | Casey Johnston at Ars Technica (December 5): “Today, despite clear real-world relevance, [computer science] is more often viewed as an elective, a club, or an after-school activity than as a core subject. The message seems to be that not everyone needs to know about computers. And that may be one of the reasons why computer science still has such a diversity problem.”
- 25 Invisible Benefits of Gaming While Male | Feminist Frequency (December 2, video with transcript): “Working towards solutions requires that male gamers become aware of the ways in which we unconsciously benefit from sexism. We can’t work to fix something unless we first understand its effects.”
- Where the Fuck Is Princess Leia? | Glynnis MacNicol at Medium (November 19): “I was not a tomboy growing up. I was an energetic, active, often bossy, athletic girl who loved adventure and books and clothes and hair, all at the same time… Finding a figure who embodied all these qualities in the books or films that were available to me was not all that easy… [But now] the boys section [has] an entire row devoted to Star Wars. The girls: Nothing.”
- Grace Hopper, computing pioneer | Walter Isaacson (December 3): an excerpt from The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution.
- We linked Steven Saus’ Why I Am Resigning As Programming Director For Context (November 28) previously, he’s since updated that post and also added A few notes replying to some replies about my leaving Context (November 29) and A Short (but significant) Update About Context (December 1): “I learned late last night that the board met and dissolved itself. The convention is starting over, with last year’s Con Chairs (who were not part of the resistance I experienced) starting over.” See also Harassment at Context | Jim C. Hines (November 29): “Here’s my roundup of links about what happened.”
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