- Diversity is making DC Comics great again | Vox (October 19): “”At the end of the day, [diversity] was just critical for us,” co-publisher Jim Lee told me. “This is something that we’ve been working on for years. We acknowledged that it was an issue. We could be doing a better job of it, and this is the first step toward that eventual goal.””
- Nerd Culture is Not a Contest | She Geeks (December 14): “The “place” for women in geek culture (or any culture for that matter) is the same today as it has always been: Wherever the hell we want. There is no more a “place” for women than there is a specific “place” for men in geek culture.”
- Content warning: descriptions of online harassment The Serial Swatter | The New York Times (November 24): “After being attacked, several victims reached out to Twitch, asking for information that they could give to detectives or for advice on how to protect themselves from further abuse.”
- Sixteen years ago… | Jen Myers (December 17): “Suddenly, it occurred to me that I wasn’t alone, or at least didn’t always have to be. That maybe, out there in the larger world beyond an Ohio small town, there were still big new stories to be told, and even weird girls could tell them. Maybe they could even be in them.”
- Pulling the Thread of Unsafe Spaces: Part 1 | Tim’s Journal (December 16): “When your boss (or your boss’s boss’s boss, or someone acting on that person’s behalf) grants you permission to bring your whole self to work, what’s the subtext?”
- Finding support as a new senior (woman) leader | Lara Hogan (December 16): “As a female Senior Engineering Manager at a tech company, I’m in a weird spot. There are lots of women role models ahead of me who I look up to, and who I’m fortunate enough to call mentors. There are a bunch of women who I mentor, too, and many more women just entering the industry. However, I’ve found it difficult to find peers.”
- Poker, Wikipedia, and the Singular They | Waxy (December 11): “Grammar manuals and copy editors may be slow to adapt to how the rest of the world uses language, but the increasing popularity of “they” reflects an increasingly gender-inclusive culture.”
- Lowering the bar | Moishe’s Blog (December 16): “So, there are white men in positions of power (building an engineering org, deciding who to fund) implying that hiring diverse candidates means that some “bar” has to be “lowered.” Going back to Gould’s thesis, this is alarming in a) the false implication that diverse populations somehow don’t meet b) some reified “bar” that’s a projection of a mind-bogglingly complex set of traits which can basically really only be guessed at, with varying but generally low degrees of accuracy.”
- Carrie Fisher’s press tour for Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been spectacular — and revolutionary | Vox (December 14): “as she prepares the world to see her as General Leia in The Force Awakens, Fisher is doing the whole rigmarole with not just a wink, but an uncanny way of dismantling what’s expected of her.”
- What’s the Best Holiday Gift You Can Give? Fanfiction! | Tor.com (December 14): “Like a Secret Santa, participants are assigned to one another and try to come up with something that matches the recipient’s likes and personality. Unlike a Secret Santa, everyone is giving the same gift: a new piece of writing crafted for the special occasion.”
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