Linkspam barefoot in the kitchen (10th July, 2010)

  • Mystery and the Modern Woman: Tara Hunt writes about heterosexual dating, and men who are intimidated by heavy social networking “full disclosure” women.
  • Closing the Venture Capital Gender Gap: Astia’s CEO, Sharon Vosmek, writes about why she and Astia promote and support women entrepreneurs.
  • svollga points out a lot of irritating privilege fail in a discussion about the invisibility of queer characters in the current Doctor Who season.
  • Time to Hire a Housekeeper?: The study shows that highly productive faculty members, both male and female, employ others to help with core housework at a higher rate than others — but women do it much more often than men. (Note, there’s no discussion of any of the race, class or disability issues around doing housework or paying others for it.)
  • A Conversation with Ava Pope, physicist: Most physics majors don’t spend months carefully analyzing a few lines of poetry, let alone publish a paper on the research in a national publication. But Ava Pope wasn’t the average physics major.
  • skeptifem: Where are all the female skeptics at?: Anyone who has been in a skeptics group knows this discussion. Some dudes (and occasionally a few ladies) decide that it has something to do with the evolution of the mind and the innate ability of women to understand science or logic… These debates start because there is a noticable lack of women in skeptic groups, but also because statistically women are more likely to be religious or believe in stuff like psychics.

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8 thoughts on “Linkspam barefoot in the kitchen (10th July, 2010)

  1. Stephen M (Ethesis)

    Hmm, when I was a physic major I wrote poetry, though I was more interested in writing it than publishing it.

    Now that I’m a lawyer, I write a lot more, but less poetry. I think physics is closer to poetry than law. Physics, in many ways, is art.

    BTW, I loved this quote below The scientists used good vocabulary and spoke like they knew what they were talking about.


    At least those who were physicists.

  2. thewhatifgirl

    Argh! Not another person telling women to lower their housekeeping standards (in the housekeeping article)! Can we please ask men to raise theirs already?

  3. Amanda

    In regards to Doctor Who sexuality discussions: I’m not sure what I prefer. No gay characters or the pretence of gay characters, like in the RTD-era.

    And before people pounce on me…seriously, when was there ever a girl/girl relationship in either Doctor Who or Torchwood that didn’t end in one half being evil. So you’ve got Tosh/creepy psychic alien and Gwen/body-stealing alien who is addicted to sex. Both inevitably end in failure.

    There was also a lot of heterosexual relationships with Martha lusting after the Doctor, falling in love with a guy then ending up with Mickey. Rose was only ever paired with the Doctor, Mickey or the Doctor!clone. Donna getting married to a guy…twice! And the romantic lure between the Doctor and one-shot companions like Astrid.

    The only good LGBT relationship was Jack/Ianto. After that you’ve got Jack lusting after the Doctor or Jack/John. You could push it a bit further and go for the Doctor/Master, if you choose to to see it that way.

    So really, in the end, all you have is Jack Harkness. Who mostly takes up Torchwood despite starting off in the main show. I fail to see where Doctor Who was LGBT to begin with.

    Let’s just hope they never have a Time Lord commit suicide to regenerate into a Time Lady/dog, which has been mentioned as happening in canon. I like how the two are mutually interchangeable /sarcasm.

  4. Ellie

    Amanda: while I wouldn’t disagree with what you said, something I actually liked with the precedent Doctor Who series was the message that LGBT people existed: though most main characters (except Jack) appeared straight, there was sometimes the presence of a couple of married women, or two flirting men, or a steward making announces to “ladies, gentlemen and variations thereupon” and I personally felt that it was pretty cool since it avoided what is often present in Sci-Fi: the implicit message that even in this kind of fantasy world, there is absolutely nothing else than heterosexuality.

    1. Amanda

      I see what you mean, Ellie. And it is pretty ground breaking, considering. The only other mentions of anything other than heterosexuality I can remember in sci-fi shows are fleeting, usually girl/girl and there’s the underlying impression that it’s only happening for male fantasy.

      I guess I feel annoyed as a queer woman that…only gay male relationships were given attention. The instances with Tosh, Gwen and the evil Victorian Torchwood lesbians seemed like token offers (seriously, why so evil). And I think that was for the opposite reason: both shows have large female audiences and they were catering to female fantasy. A lot of fandoms exclude lesbian relationships and female slash was rare when I started out, although it’s beginning to pick up now, but only just. A lot of the time, there is still a sense of ‘ew.’ Or that lesbians don’t have sex. Or…some other fangled, ignorant reason.

      Sometimes I feel like guy/guy is tolerated –barely tolerated– but girl/girl is still fetishised or ignored. Because, hey, there are all these cute male actors saving the day! Why would you turn when you have that on your front door?

      1. Ellie

        Yeah, I also found the way girl/girl relations were portrayed in Torchwood quite horrible, particularly the episode with Tosh which could have actually been good if the first (and only, I think) real lesbian experience depicted in the show didn’t end as “evil alien dyke who manipulated poor het girl”. And on a side note, I also felt it was a bit transphobic when Jack Harkness explains the reason he was vigilant is because the last time a “friend behave[d] out of character”, “he disappear[ed] for a couple of months, he c[ame] back and [Jack] got to start calling him Vanessa.”

        This being said, while it’s the same creator and the same universe, I didn’t have the same feeling for series 1-4 of Doctor Who, where there are some secondary characters who evoke being lesbian just as some gay or bi characters do, even if globally the majority of portrayed relationship is heterosexual.

      2. Kite

        I too have been really pissed off by queer invisibility in season Fnarg/5. Moffat’s dropped that like hotcakes as far as I’m concerned. Yeah, I appreciated how in almost every episode there was [i]some[/i] slight queer reference, at least.

        Totally agree about what you’re saying about gay male vs lesbian. Torchwood and its stereotype evil dyke storyline – ugh. On Doctor Who, almost no lesbian references, even in passing/background, except for Gridlock (not bad but safely asexualised), and Midnight (oh look, one dyke thinks her evil dyke ex is back to kill her, snore, yawn). That said, wasn’t too impressed by RTD’s portrayal of the neurotic lesbian couple in Queer as Folk, so yeah, it’s not really much on his radar. I missed that transphobic reference in Torchwood – ugh! but I thought it was sooooorrrttt of cool in DW that Cassandra used to be a boy – though maybe it plays into stereotypes, I’m not sure.

        Season 5 minus queer and me thinking Moffatt’s gender politics in general suck (and some godawful kill-the-black-person-first storylines), and yeah. Grr.

  5. Kite

    Although I read and listen to skeptic material, skeptic groups don’t personally appeal to me because I don’t have much time or energy to spend as it is, and there is such a focus on “objectivity” and “rationality”, as if there’s only right way to perceive the world, that matters of oppression & privilege & identity difference, are seen as misdirection, or special pleading, or an attack on free speech, or irrational and without supporting evidence. This is possible in a movement made up largely of those who have been granted the social power of objectivity, and haven’t really experienced otherwise. Also, the smug can get to me sometimes.

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