The linkspam your mothers marched in the street for (10th June, 2010)

  • Get ready to PITCH: Women 2.0 Startup Competition: it’s open to entrants around the world, and entries close October 1.
  • Lisa Crispin writes What Gender Diversity Means to Me: Jon Bach asked me a good question… The group was nicely balanced with as many women as men. Jon asked me what advantages I felt this gave the conference. He found my reply helpful and encouraged me to share it here.
  • Penny Arcade Expo fans come out against booth babes: … 60 percent of respondents either lik[ed] or lov[ed] the ban on booth babes. Only 12 percent of respondents hated the ban, putting public opinion firmly in the anti-babe area. The major addition to the policy stipulates that the models need to be educated about the product, and partial nudity has been banned. Models can dress up like characters from games and wear revealing clothing, as long as it’s true to the original character.
  • cme writes In which everything takes rather longer than I thought: When I get to this point, people often say that the Open Source movement has a history of being hostile to all new people (true), so it’s not a big deal and certainly doesn’t mean they are anti-woman (false)… it *does* mean that their attitude has the effect of being anti-woman (really, it has the effect of being anti-everyone-who’s-not-a-white-straight-cis-ablebodied-man). Because any barrier will affect people more who have more barriers to hurdle. The less privilege you have, the more any particular barrier will set you back.
  • Alana Kumbier analyses Jessica Floeh’s line of insulin pump accessories: Insulin-Pump Accessories And Cyborg Embodiment
  • Kamvar, Schiavoni: Techies with a Cause: [Sep] Kamvar and his wife, Angie Schiavoni, recently launched CodeEd, a pilot program to introduce fifth-grade girls to computer science. Funded with $20,000 donated by the couple, it’s the only such program in the U.S. geared to underprivileged preteen girls.
  • In Mary Anne Mohanraj’s WisCon 34 Guest of Honor Speech she issues a call: I’m asking you to take up that flaming sword, because it is here; I am standing on your doorstep, and I am calling you. You can be brave enough, you can be a hero.
  • Jill Psmith is a radical feminist who doesn’t think science is bad: The argument has been made that intuition is superior to science because it is somehow free of the oppressive misogynist entanglements that encumber its dude-dominated counterpart. A spin-off of this argument says that, because academia has traditionally given (and continues to give) women the stink-eyed bum’s rush, science is antifeminist and, presumably, must be shunned in favor of this women-centric intuition dealio… Unfortunately, it is not possible for any concept, process, person, or cognitive function to exist outside of patriarchy. (See also PZ Myers, Stereotyping women right out of science)
  • Standard Operating Procedure: tech vendor VersionOne is using gender stereotypes in their promotions. But it’s a joke! Nothing to see here!

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Thanks to everyone who suggested links in comments and on delicious.

2 thoughts on “The linkspam your mothers marched in the street for (10th June, 2010)

  1. Laughingrat

    The thing is, most radfems don’t think reason and the scientific process are bad. The “irrational” label and its parallels (such as “anti-science”) are the kind of dismissive label that gets slapped on any member of a marginalized group who protests against oppression culture. It doesn’t matter how reasonable they are; if their stance is anti-oppression, they get labeled “irrational” by the folks on top, the folks whose privilege allows them to be arbiters of Absolute Reality. The surprise some science bloggers are expressing about how Jill, a radical feminist, actually likes science, is pretty disingenuous.

    Now, some feminists do criticize science as a social institution, which, like any other major social institution, has helped perpetuate oppression culture; sexists who willfully confuse that with criticism of the scientific process are, however, being irrational.

    The irony is that recently a bunch of pornsick dudes and their pet collaborators have sallied forth to spew vitriol and even death threats at Ms. Psmith because she picked apart a very unscientific “science” post claiming to prove the awesome effects of porn. People who enjoy the fruits of oppression culture get very emotional when their privilege is questioned.

    PZ Myers’ post was problematic in that it sneered at traditionally “feminine” obligations like housework, and his commentariat is largely of the “you ladies are too emotional to accurately communicate your experience of oppression” party. It and other science blogs are usually not a safe space for women. Myers and his ilk are often proud of that, no doubt in the name of “intellectual freedom,” which in reality is only free for those with privilege.

    1. Mary

      I was interested to note that Myers’ post was suggested on delicious to us quite a few times (I count four) and Psmith’s IBTP posts, which he quotes extensively, not once. So he’s getting quite a lot of attention in that talk-fest, and she isn’t.

      I’m not familiar with Myers’ blog except through occasional links passed to me, which is usually to his specifically atheist posts. From the comments on those I’m not surprised it’s not a very feminist commentariat in general.

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