- A Brand New World In Which Men Ruled | New York Times (December 23rd): “Yet instead of narrowing gender gaps, the technology industry created vast new ones, according to interviews with dozens of members of the class and a broad array of Silicon Valley and Stanford figures. “We were sitting on an oil boom, and the fact is that the women played a support role instead of walking away with billion-dollar businesses,” said Kamy Wicoff, who founded a website for female writers.”
- On Nerd Entitlement | New Statemen (December 29th): “White male nerds need to recognise that other people had traumatic upbringings, too – and that’s different from structural oppression.”
- Brief Critique of Paul Graham’s Essay “Let the Other 95% of Great Programmers In” | Shanley on Storify (December 27): “You look at underrepresentation and say this is explained by “inherent skills” = genetic/biological justification for racism and sexism.”
- Why 2014 was actually a positive year for women in tech | The Kernel (December 21st): “At first glance, it’s just another year full of a number of very high-profile events highlighting how toxic the tech industry can be towards women. But look again: 2014 was actually a great year. Not because of the things that happened, but because women are finally talking about their experiences. Perhaps more importantly, people are listening.”
- Hello, Quotas: The 2015 Diversity Imperative | Medium (December 19th): “Ergo, quotas. Not out of generosity or an earnest commitment to changing the ratio — please, nothing hates change more than the status quo — but out of urgency. Organizations are realizing that actual diversity results takes effort and commitment, and can’t be waved away with an obligatory seminar and vague promises to do better. It comes down to making it a priority.”
- An illustrated guide to superhero movies that pass the Bechdel Test | The Daily Dot (December 30th): “For films like Spider-Man, Batman, and The Avengers, all of which have extensive supporting casts, there’s really no excuse for having so few women in speaking roles.”
- Concern for Equality Linked to Logic, not Emotion | Sociological Images (December 26th): “A new study finds that people with high “justice sensitivity” are using logic, not emotions. Subjects were put in a fMRI machine, one that measures ongoing brain activity and shown videos of people acting kindly or cruelly toward a homeless person. Some respondents reacted more strongly than others — hence the high versus low justice sensitivity — and an analysis of the high sensitivity individuals’ brain activity showed that they were processing the images in the parts of the brain where logic and rationality live.”
- Meet the most famous woman in computing you’ve probably never heard of | PRI (December 23rd): “Famous computer scientist Alan Turing was the first person in the modern computer age to reference Lovelace in his own writings. She was later hailed as the world’s first programmer and a visionary who saw the potential of modern computers 100 years before they were built. In 1980, the US Defense Department named a programming language after her. And then in the mid-80s, the backlash started, says computer scientist Valerie Aurora.”
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