The Linkspam is Coming from Inside the House (27 May 2013)

  • We Have Always Fought: Challenging the Women, Cattle, and Slaves Narrative: “Half the world is full of women, but it’s rare to hear a narrative that doesn’t speak of women as the people who have things done to them instead of the people who do things.”
  • Google+ What’s Hot Serves Based On Gender: “I get that WH algorithms are based on what people click, like, share, comment on, etc. Fine. But I challenge anyone to give me one good reason why there should be such a drastic difference in less than ten seconds by simply changing my gender, other than institutionalized sexism about what girls and guys apparently like.”
  • Mapping the Geology of Skyrim: “What I now aim to do is open this project up a bit to other geologists out there who I know are interested in mapping Skyrim. I would like to call on your expertise to come up with hypotheses about the geological evolution of Skyrim.”
  • The Business Case Against Booth Babes: “But the booth babe approach overlooks the essential connections brands need to make with their customers–for many brands, a group that is mostly and increasingly women–and the subsequent need to develop a culture that includes women as part of the conversation.”
  • Come here and work on hard problems, except the ones on our doorstep: The San Francisco startup scene and wealth disparity.
  • Dear Learn to Code Startup, an open letter from a computer science teacher. “[I]f you really want kids to learn to code […], then don’t make yet another tool or start yet another class that’s separate from your nearby school.” What follows is some good practical advice on how to help way more children learn to code.
  • No, you’re not entitled to your opinion. “The problem with “I’m entitled to my opinion” is that, all too often, it’s used to shelter beliefs that should have been abandoned.”
  • Why Do Men Keep Putting Me in the Girlfriend-Zone?: “But then, then comes the fateful moment where you find out that all this time, he’s only seen you as a potential girlfriend.”
  • Meet the Woman Behind Pakistan’s First Hackathon: “Last month,the café hosted Pakistan’s first hackathon, a weekend-long event with nine teams focusing on solutions to civic problems in Pakistan ahead of last Saturday’s national election.”
  • Girl Expelled For Science Experiment Going To Space Camp: Not an entirely happy ending, but certainly a hopeful one.

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Thanks to everyone who suggested links.

9 thoughts on “The Linkspam is Coming from Inside the House (27 May 2013)

  1. Kimberly Chapman

    /me dies and goes to feministnerd heaven at being cited here. That just made my day. Not that it fixes the problem, and now word’s going around that Google Play also offers recommendations based on gender in the same sexist way, but I’ll take what small joy I can out of an ugly situation. And this site gives me joy. :)

    Further: I have a notification circle on G+ for gender issues. Anyone who wants in should tell me and I’ll add you.

    1. Dorothea

      Thank you for noticing and thoroughly documenting that. G+ critique fell substantially silent after the nymwars died down; it’s worth a lot to know that the tiger has not really changed its stripes.

      1. Kimberly Chapman

        Actually I loudly complain about G+ a lot and to ears that hear it. Mostly I rant about creeper/harasser issues and why they keep changing the aesthetics of the UI when there are actual functionality issues unaddressed like notification management, spammy community invites, etc. I love G+ and it’s my main social media but I’m not afraid to call STINKYPANTS when I smell it, which is often. And on gender issues, the stench is deep, wide, and soaking into everything. :(

        1. Dorothea

          Good to know. The nymwars convinced me to avoid G+, so I have no presence there. I hope I wouldn’t have missed you otherwise!

  2. tekanji

    Can you either fix or disable the mobile site? It’s gotten to the point where the “View Full Site” link does nothing, and since the mobile site only displays a blank “Front” page, that makes the site unreadable for me.

    1. Maki

      Going to geek on my mobile phone is a workaround that works for me. Inelegant, but it works.

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