Goto Considered Linkspam (11 Oct 2013)

  • The DNA of a Geek Feminist | Being Geek Chic: “So I’ve been thinking a lot more recently, about where these two geeks intersect: the one who loves Harry Potter, Alice in Wonderland and American Gods, and the one who is passionate about battling sexism on tech teams and harassment at tech conventions.”
  • I Am So Very Tired | foz meadows: “I am tired, not of arguing in favour of equality, diversity and tolerance, but of having to explain, over and over and over again, why such arguments are still necessary, only to have my evidence casually dismissed by someone too oblivious to realise that their dismissal of the problem is itself a textbook example of the fucking problem.”
  • Why Are There Still So Few Women in Science? | New York Times: “I was taken aback by his (Lawrence Summers) suggestion that the problem might have something to do with biological inequalities between the sexes, but as I read the heated responses to his comments, I realized that even I wasn’t sure why so many women were still giving up on physics and math before completing advanced degrees.”
  • IBM’s Plea for Gender Parity … in an Ad From 1985 | The Atlantic: “It isn’t, actually, terribly dated. It feels, actually, quite contemporary. It’s for IBM, one of those pitching-products-without-actually-pitching-products kinds of ads, and it complains about a problem that is just as relevant today as it was in 1985: the dearth of women in engineering jobs.”
  • How Carnegie Mellon Created a More Inclusive Hackathon | Amy Quispe: “Hackathons don’t need to be about shiny webapps; we wanted to enable students to experiment with other areas of computer science. We worked to have a technically diverse mentorship staff, gave out prizes not for API use, but for categories like “Best User Interface” and “Best Hack for Hack’s Sake” and “First Penguin” (biggest risk), and had judges that could discern the technical difficulty of a project.”
  • Uptalk and Impostor Syndrome | This Ain’t Living’: “Do you talk differently with your doctor, a group of friends at a restaurant, your students, your coworkers? You likely do, even if you aren’t making a conscious choice to do so. Speech is how we fit ourselves into social roles, marking membership within a community, projecting dominance, asserting confidence, deferring to people whom we think of as senior.”

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5 thoughts on “Goto Considered Linkspam (11 Oct 2013)

  1. d2k

    Mark Bennet: I am a Whore – “The short story: Biol­o­gist Danielle N. Lee, who blogs at The Urban Sci­en­tist, gets a request from “Ofek,” an edi­tor at “Biol­ogy Online” to write con­tent there for free. She politely declines. The edi­tor responds:

    ‘Because we don’t pay for blog entries? Are you an urban sci­en­tist or an urban whore?’

    Lee writes about the expe­ri­ence on The Urban Sci­en­tist; Sci­en­tific Amer­i­can takes the post down with­out noti­fy­ing her.

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