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Enough of this linkspamming nonsense (7th September, 2011)

  • (Warning: stalking and threats of sexual violence.) OkCupid allowing impersonation, which allows someone to set up an account with your email address inviting, essentially, harassing replies. (In this case, someone also maliciously posted their target’s address, which is harder for OkCupid to check for automatically, but a complaint should result in a takedown.)
  • Don’t dumb girls down: The next time you want to tell a little girl how cute she is, try something else instead. (Discussed on Hacker News, ‘ware general fail.)
  • Gender Bias in Wikipedia and Britannica in International Journal of Communication, Vol 5 (2011). Is there a bias in the against women’s representation in Wikipedia biographies? Thousands of biographical subjects, from six sources, are compared against the English-language Wikipedia and the online Encyclopædia Britannica with respect to coverage, gender representation, and article length.
  • Women’s Quest for Romance Conflicts with Scientific Pursuits, Study Finds: Four new studies by researchers at the University at Buffalo have found that when a woman’s goal is to be romantically desirable, she distances herself from academic majors and activities related to science, technology, engineering and math…
  • Seriously, stop with the booth babes: On the one hand, YES! Absolutely!
    On the other hand, women have been saying this for years and been told, "You're making too much of it."
    Now, all of a sudden, the mens are up in arms. *facepalm*
  • A widely linked nymwars post by danah boyd that we may not have shared yet: “Real Names” Policies Are an Abuse of Power: She draws on Skud's survey, and adds some additional context based on her FaceBook research. boyd points out that ethnic minorities and teens have used handles on Facebook—signing up and giving the name that they were most commonly known by.
  • Felix Salmon believes Apple CEO Tim Cook’s sexuality should be publicly discussed. (Salmon discussed it in Don’t ignore Tim Cook’s sexuality and Why I’m talking about Tim Cook’s sexuality.) Ken Fisher at Ars Technica asks Does the press have an ethical duty to out powerful gays in tech? Note that Cook is not on the record about his sexuality or his private life much at all.

You can suggest links for future linkspams in comments here, or by using the “geekfeminism” tag on delicious, freelish.us or pinboard.in or the “#geekfeminism” tag on Twitter. Please note that we tend to stick to publishing recent links (from the last month or so).

Thanks to everyone who suggested links.

9 thoughts on “Enough of this linkspamming nonsense (7th September, 2011)

  1. mercredigirl

    Thanks as ever for the linkspam, but please include a trigger warning for rape threats and stalking on the OKCupid link!

  2. Deborah

    Some nice points in the booth babe bit, despite the predictable fail in the comments. I was fond of his plan:

    When the first person at a booth approaches you, treat him or her exactly the same way you would a sales or implementation engineer. Ask questions regarding the technology. Ask about planned life cycles of the software, on use counts, and other things. Treat them exactly as you would an equal.

    What he doesn’t continue on to say is “and then if it turns out that she’s a knowledgeable employee who happens to be hot, win!”

    But double sigh, yeah.

  3. ContainsCaffeine

    Shouldn’t we be celebrating the fact that men are getting on board with the no booth babe thing instead of facepalming?

  4. moose

    This weekend is the Ohio LinuxFest. We are very against Booth Babes and put language against sexually oriented materials and inappropriate behaviour in both our Conduct Policy and the contract our sponsors sign to get a booth in our Expo.

    My favorite response to this, so far, is the group that is going to staff their booth with an infant because, of course, we don’t ban Booth Babies!

  5. Jayn

    I’ve always said, ‘cute’ is a four-letter word. I know people usually mean well by it, but it carries an image with it that’s at odds with how I see myself.

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