Open Thread: Bangable Dudes in History

You know, I’m not sure I can think of any commentary that would really enhance this link: Bangable Dudes in History.

So instead, I’m going to tell you that this is an open thread. We have open threads because comments close after two weeks, and sometimes you’ll want to say something about a story here that’s older than that. Or maybe you just have something else on your mind and think maybe it should be on ours too. By which I mean, you don’t have to talk about Bangable Dudes in History; you can talk about anything you want as long as it fits our comment guidelines.

And here’s a picture of Tesla so you know what you’re missing if you don’t click that link:

The graph tells you why Tesla was a lot hotter than Edison

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Terri has a PhD in horribleness, assuming we can all agree that web security is kind of horrible. She stopped working on skynet (err, automated program repair and AI) before robots from the future came to kill her and got a job in open source, which at least sounds safer. Now, she gets paid to break things and tell people they're wrong, and maybe help fix things so that people won't agree so readily with the first sentence of this bio in the future. Terri writes/tweets under the name terriko, enjoys making things and mentoring others and has a plain ol' home page at

11 thoughts on “Open Thread: Bangable Dudes in History

  1. Elizabeth G.

    I wanted to share this on the next linkspam. Turns out that women leaving engineering isn’t as much about “wanting to spend more time with family” than the engineering community sucks for women. New Study on Women Leaving Engineering. File this under stuff-we-really-didn’t-need-a-study-to-tell-us.

    1. Mary

      I’ve got a separate discussion thread for Stemming the Tide: Why Women Leave Engineering , it will go up tomorrow.


  2. Pashupati

    Thinking of something that was said somewhere here, about the Missing White Female, I wondered if the number of kidnapped (or personnapped) males that weren’t childs/preteens was really so low?
    I never see any adult or older adolescent males missing on my TV, except if they are missing since they were childs or preteens.
    Then, if it is really so low, why is it like that?
    Also, the titles of the linkspam posts, are they references to anything?

    1. Pashupati

      Also, wanted to share my “Fantômette is one frakking role model” obsession. Both the one of the animated series and the books, but in the series, she’s got a cool motorcycle, and a computer, but I don’t remember the computer quite well. Wanted a motorcycle like that when I was littler, actually made plan to transform my bicycle into a motorcycle.
      Maybe Alice in Whiz Kids would be a great role model too, but sincerely, in that show, Richie did almost everything. Then, sometimes, Alice did something and the others seemed to do nothing.
      In one episode was a case of “That’s my fault I did it not her she doesn’t know anything about computers she just is my girlfriend!”, then there was another case in the movie Hackers, and I’m sure I heard this in a lot of other places.
      Strange how to assume a responsibility, you’d need to dismiss one competence. When a male friend in a movie is in such a situation, it ends like that: “Woah, it was my fault! I know him, he’d never agree to help me to do that!”

    2. Mary

      Also, the titles of the linkspam posts, are they references to anything?

      They’re usually quotes, often feminist or anti-feminist with the word “linkspam” substituted for “women” or similar. But they aren’t always. “Death before linkspam” is “Death before dishonor”, which is a military film and totally off-topic for the blog. It’s basically whatever quote comes to the mind of the editor hitting “Publish” at the time the Linkspam goes live.

      1. Bruce Byfield

        Maybe I have a warped sense of humor, but I usually get a smile out of the linkspam posts’ names. They’re a lot more interesting than “Links, April 3, 2011” or something similar.

  3. Ella

    Tesla looks like such a poser in that picture; it’s almost like he’s pulling off an early MySpace shot…

    Additionally, I was wondering if you ladies might be interested in a potential guest post (or posts) about the portrayal of women/feminism in video games and the industry as a whole; not sure if this is the right place to ask but if I could pointed in the right direction/flung an email address to send my credentials to I’d be much obliged :)

    (Also I apologise for the sheer number of slashes going on up there.)

    1. Mary

      An open thread is a fine way to get in touch. We’ll email you back via the email you used for the comment.

  4. FarMcKon

    A plea for help.

    Dear Geek Feminism Weblog: I have started a small open source project, (gitmarks), which is just barely started. I do not want to take on anymore white-male-college-educated contributors until I get a better showing of folks that aren’t so WASP’y. Since this is a Geek Feminism weblog and all, I’d love to get some ideas, feedback, and help on getting women involved. Also I’m taking advice on class/race/ethnicity diversity as well.

    Thanks in advance,

  5. John

    There’s a “have your say” on the BBC about Is it OK to compliment a stranger? — some might like to join in the commentary?

    There’s a line of thought recurring in the discussion there that might tie in with the title of this OP: “Is it OK for a bangable dude to compliment a stranger?” (My guess is that, statistically, it’s probably true. The matching hypothesis has been around for a while now with some experimental support.)

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