You’re The Linkspam That I Want (1 March 2015)

  • The Hand on the Knee: A Guide to Twitter DM Etiquette for Men | Amelia Greenhall (February 24): “The “Hand on the Knee” metaphor makes an important point: getting DMs from unknown men does feel… well, here’s how it feels for me: even though 1 in 10 of my unsolicited-DMs-from-men interactions feel ok, usually they feel gross, creepy or patronizing.”
  • Not a “Good Guy” | Anil Dash (February 24): “But I’m a regular guy, just like most of the people who read this site are regular folks. I am dedicated to improving the deep and pervasive sexism in our industry. I am also a man who doesn’t do his share of work around the house. I disproportionately foist the burden of childcare on to my wife, despite the fact that she is, in addition to the best person I’ve ever met, an actual Woman In Technology.”
  • There’s No Morality in Exercise: I’m a Fat Person and Made a Successful Fitness App | Matter | Medium (February 12): “the story I got told about what it meant to have a fat body, that it must mean that I sat around all day eating deep-fried stuffed-crust pizza and watching TV—that story just wasn’t true. The story about how people who look like me hate to exercise just isn’t true. It’s so easy to let the media you see or the discourse you hear define who you are before you’ve even learned about yourself. And I bought into it for too long.”
  • Revenge porn boss wants Google to remove his “identity related” info | Ars Technica (February 24): “What do you do if you’re a revenge porn site operator and the Federal Trade Commission has barred you from publishing nude images of people without their consent? You demand that Google remove from its search engine links to news accounts about the FTC’s action and other related stories, citing “unauthorized use of photos of me and other related information.””
  • How one lawyer is making a dent in the tech world’s gender imbalance | Fortune (February 24): “More people have expressed support than criticized or quietly protested. He’s noticed more women showing up to his events because they know they won’t be the only females in the room. He’s had event organizers reach out to him for suggestions of qualified women speakers. “
  • The Time Everyone “Corrected” the World’s Smartest Woman | Pricenomics (February 19): “The outcry was so tremendous that vos Savant was forced to devote three subsequent columns to explaining why her logic was correct. Even in the wake of her well-stated, clear responses, she continued to be berated. “I still think you’re wrong,” wrote one man, nearly a year later. “There is such a thing as female logic.””
  • I Spoke About Feminism to a Buncha Dudes at a Tech Conf & it Was Actually Pretty Good | Puppet Labs (February 11): “Being inclusive is tough, especially if you are trying to include people who are so used to being on the outside that they keep themselves there. For example, I’m offered the chance of a lifetime to fly to Barcelona to talk about feminism, and my response is to feel microscopic. Shouldn’t an opportunity like that make me feel big, or at least not-bad? And there’s the fact that I didn’t feel technical enough to give a talk about the work that I do every day, and I still don’t”
  • The Hidden Story of Harley Quinn and How She Became the Superhero World’s Most Successful Woman | Vulture (February 17): “”Feminism is about showing women as fully fleshed out human beings, and that’s what Harley is,” Strand said. “She doesn’t make choices that are smart or good for a woman, but she gets to make those choices. Men are allowed to be fuck-ups in all kinds of characters, and women aren’t. We have to be idealized. She gets to not be.””
  • Why the ‘Women in Tech’ Problem May Actually Be a Silicon Valley Problem | Inc (February 25): “But some new research from SmartAsset, which draws on data from the U.S. Census Bureau, shows that if you’re a woman working in tech, Silicon Valley really isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. For women, the hotbed of tech innovation is more likely to be New York, where the sheer of women working in tech is three times that of Silicon Valley. And while women face a substantial pay gap compared to men in Silicon Valley, there are two other major metro areas where women working in tech actually get paid more, on average, then their male colleagues.”
  • Institutional Barriers for Women of Color at Code Schools | Model View Culture (February 24): “Unfortunately, for many of the same reasons that WoC don’t make it into the interview rooms of tech companies, we often don’t make it into the interview rooms of these tuition-free or scholarship-providing code schools. We can trace this back to the pipeline problem, imposter syndrome, and the reality that many of us are caretakers who have people that rely on our time and our income.”
  • Silicon Valley Could Learn a Lot From Skater Culture. Just Not How to Be a Meritocracy | Wired (February 23): “If we’re going to talk about skate culture as a positive influence, we must take lessons from the good and the bad. Especially the bad. To ignore skate culture’s utter disrespect for women while celebrating it as cool and innovative is tacit acceptance of its sexism. We can do better. We must do better. We are better. And way deep down, I still hold out hope that skate culture might get better too.”

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