- io9 interviews Liza Trombi and Kirsten Gong Wong, the new editor and managing editor of the SF magazine “Locus”.
- A cool job post through the Language Creation Society. Linguists take note!
- Hilary Lister, first quadriplegic to sail solo around Britain — but the bit I liked is that she’s also a biochemist. Nerd sailors represent!
- I want to play too! by Selasphorus over on Shakesville, about video games’ screwed up views on sex and gender.
- Alas, A Blog on The Bechdel Test and Race in Popular Fiction, and which SF/F TV shows pass.
- The F-Word Blog reviews Bluestockings, about women at English universities from 1869-1948.
- Inside Higher Ed reviews The University of Texas at Austin’s initiatives to hire women into senior academic positions rather than waiting for them to trickle up the promotion ladder (via tigtog).
- Suzanne’s Bookshelf describes a Where are the women? discussion in Bible blogging (via Jonquil in comments).
- Yonmei over at Feminist SF writes a heartbreaking post about Alan Turing (who was convicted of gross indecency for homosexual acts) and Orson Scott Card (who supports such criminalisation).
Let’s all imagine that we’re cognitive neuroscientists and we want to do some “research” about fanfic (why fanfic? nobody knows!) and see if we can get a bunch of
womengurlz to support our pet theories about “the unified fabric of human desire” (whatever that is — ilithiana says plaid). Because you can totally tell stuff about brain function from hacked-together surveys on Appspot.
What will we put on our survey? Here are my questions.
1. What sex are you?
a) Man. 100% manly man. GRRR. Â
b) Female. *teehee* Â
2. Which statement do you agree with? Choose one:
a) I love cock!
b) All men are heterosexual.
c) One day my prince will come, and he will be Edward Cullen.
3. Which best represents your fanfic reading habits?
a) I fulfil my personal fantasies by inserting myself into fictional scenarios.
b) Because of my sexual inexperience, I read fanfic as research about boys.
c) I read fanfic because I am into depraved kinks like homosexuality and bandom.
Jonquil (who, incidentally, is kicking bottoms and taking names on this one — check recent entries on her journal) suggested via IM:
4. Will you please tell me about your sexual practices? With pictures?
In conclusion: fandom, I love you. You are smart and funny and don’t take shit from anyone — especially not cave-dwelling neanderthals posing as scientists.
- Margaret Atwood doesn’t think she writes science fiction. Ursula K Le Guin would like to disagree. (A review of “Year of the Flood”.)
- sarahtales takes on Uhura, Harriet Potter, and Jo from Little Women and wonders why we hold women in fiction to different standards.
- ROSE blog interviews Kanika Vats (GSoC student)
- “I never identified as a feminist because, never having personally experienced sexism in real life, I thought the topic was irrelevant. Reddit, you have proved me wrong!” Â Hey Reddit, why is there so much sexism on here?
- Lovelace and Babbage vs the Client pt. 3 — you DID see this awesome Ada Lovelace comic when it debuted a while back, didn’t you? If not, go NOW.
- Boys outperform girls in maths for a change — the article, as oursin points out, is “molto creepy”.
- Cate at Hardcore Nerd City posted Gatefail 2009 (or, A Primer on Stories that Scream) which explains the whole Stargate: Universe brouhaha for those who are coming in late to the drama.
- Johanna at Comics Worth Reading reviews the Manga Guides to Calculus and Electricity
- lizbee reviews Loving Richard Feynman, a book about a 15 year old girl who fangirls Richard Feynman.
- Flickr blog: many different takes on We can do it!
I can’t remember how I found this post (probably looking at linkbacks from FeministSF), but I’m so glad I did. It breaks down the number of women who’ve directed episodes of Stargate: SG-1 and Stargate: Atlantis and reveals that, behind the scenes, women don’t play much of a role. Some years there were only one or two eps directed by women and, after SG-1 Season 8, none. Fantastic.
I used to love Stargate SG-1 and would still sit and watch many of the episodes in the first 8 seasons with happiness. (Seasons 9 through whatever do not exist because they are filled with shame and stupidity.) I even gave Atlantis a try for a season or so. But both shows slowly chipped away at my love for them due to their portrayals of women and people of color.
The fact that both shows have women and POC in lead roles is great, believe me. I am a fan of Samantha Carter and definitely heart me some Ronon. But in the end I loved them despite what the Powers That Be did in terms of writing and directing. Looking at their dismal record of including women behind the scenes, this is not surprising. And though they have a very smart and competent guy as a creative consultant (John Scalzi), I am not sure even he can stem the tide of ickiness that has flowed from the Stargate franchise lo these 6 years at least.
- The F-Word blog reviews She Should Have Gone To the Moon, a documentary about Jerri Truhill, one of 13 women who trained to go into orbit in the early years of the USâ€™ space programme.
- Sheafrotherdon delivers an awesome smackdown to Darren Sumner on his excuses/explanations for the Stargate: Universe thing.
- Rikki Kite interviews Carla Schroder about open source. She’s also looking for more women to interview!
- Lindsey Kuper writes about her experiences at the ICFP Programming Contest
- Emily “Domino” Taylor talks about telling stories within games, and how for her the draw for MMOs isn’t the oft-cited competition, but rather being able to share with people. (Hm, collaboration rather than competition… sound familiar?)
One of my formative geek experiences was watching Star Trek with my Dad, so when the reboot came out this summer I watched it with a huge mob of friends and a childlike glee. That moment where a young James Tiberius Kirk looks out over the Iowa cornfields to what will become the USS Enterprise? The hairs on the back of my neck stood up.
Zoë Saldaña’s kickass reinvention of Uhura was another big part of that delight. I was a bit surprised to find that not everyone shared my neo-Uhura love, and greatly relieved when Rebellious Jezebel and Rawles laid out strong arguments in favour.
Much more problematic (=bullshit) were the characterizations of Kirk’s and Spock’s mothers, both swiftly consigned to refrigerators to give Our Heroes matter on which to brood. You may imagine how much I appreciated Latropita’s open letter to Winona Kirk: “Who wouldn’t want to hear your stories?” That plaint inspired a whole LJ community, Where No Woman, dedicated to those untold stories.
In her provocative and memorable meta-fic, Bravecows reminds us that however shiny our future may be, our stories will not all be the same.
“Don’t think I don’t believe in Starfleet,” said Sharanjeet. “I think our kind of job is very important also. But a lot of you young people just come in thinking about all the holo-movie you see. You think you’re going to have adventure like all the starship captain you hear about. You don’t really know what to expect. But you know, when you come onboard a Starfleet ship and the computer cannot understand your accent, you really have to start to wonder.”
- jmtorres posts about her Bechdel-Test-passing vid show from Vividcon. Links to numerous fanvids about women relating to each other.
- Sarah Allen, who teaches Ruby on Rails to women, posts about Test Driven Teaching
- Stargate: Universe responds to the furore over the disabled-lesbian-bodyswap thing.
- Irene Alder guest blogs about Girl books vs boy books, and how painting in such broad strokes leads to some pretty ridiculous conclusions.
- JAOO Aarhus (a European software development conference) is offering free single-day entry for women to encourage a more even gender representation at the event. Google is also offering two grants for women to attend.
- Via the Feminist SF blog: If you’re a publisher or author or just in the know, let them know about recently published or upcoming SF/F/H fiction by women and they’ll post a monthly roundup.
- Newsflash: there are more men than women speaking about tech is the latest in the ongoing discussion of the issue.
- GF blogger Terri over on her other blog: Why DON’T we teach computer science earlier?