We are all pretty WEIRD: noting that most psychological research is done on Western, Educated, Industrialised, Rich and Democratic (WEIRD) subjects, and the implications for science reporting on gender and race.
MMORPG News reports that Aurora Technology’s King of the World MMORPG is going to enforce character genders matching player genders by asking players creating a female character to undergo a “webcam test”. Apparently they hope that this will make female players feel respected. We just bet.
The Los Angeles Times had an article about Brightkite, describing it as targeting “hot girls”, since “guys will go where the hot chicks are.” Brightkite CEO Jonathon Linner posted an apology to the company blog for upsetting women Brightkite users.
We linked to the GNOME Journal Women in Open Source issue before, but a lot of people are especially liking Cathy Malmrose’s The Un-Scary Screwdriver about her five-year-old daughter and friends installing Ubuntu and building computers.
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