All your linkspam are belong to us (19 November 2013)

  •  Ms. Male Character – Tropes vs Women in Video Games | Feminist Frequency on YouTube: “In this episode we examine the Ms. Male Character trope and briefly discuss a related pattern called the Smurfette Principle. We’ve defined the Ms. Male Character Trope as: The female version of an already established or default male character. Ms. Male Characters are defined primarily by their relationship to their male counterparts via visual properties, narrative connection or occasionally through promotional materials.”
  • So Many Reasons | Can’t Stop the Serenity: “Can’t Stop the Serenity (CSTS) is a unique opportunity to indulge your geeky side while doing some good! Since 2006, fans have organized screenings of Joss Whedon’s Serenity to raise funds and awareness to support Equality Now in their work for the protection and promotion of the human rights of women around the world. Join us as we aim to misbehave for a good cause!” (also have a look at the items available to buy/bid for on Ebay)
  • Sexual Harassment in Comics: The Tipping Point | Comics Alliance: “Since [Tess] Fowler’s comments [about sexual harassment in the comics industry], and the wider-ranging debate that followed, I have seen conversation after conversation of men debating with other men whether or not the reality of women is real, men asking other men to confirm that what women were saying was true, men testifying that they’d never seen harassment – or else piping up that they knew there was harassment, yes, but it wasn’t as bad as people were saying. As though they, somehow, were some sort of authority on the experiences of women.”
  • There’s an All-Female Team of Spelunking Scientists Making Amazing Discoveries Right This Very Moment | The Mary Sue: “A veritable treasure trove of prehistoric bones is discovered. A small team is needed to retrieve what could be evidence of a new human ancestor. The chosen few have to be scientists and experienced cavers. Of the 57 applicants, six were selected for this highly dangerous mission. And they all just so happen to be women.”
  • Who Wants to Work for a Woman? | Harvard Business Review: “Gallup’s question asked, “If you were taking a new job and had your choice of boss, would you prefer a man or a woman?” Only 25% of Americans expressed no preference in 1953 but today it’s 41%.”
  • On Accepting Privilege | Lindsey Bieda: “Understanding your own privileges means also understanding how your own axes of identity intersect and how they interact. Things people can see about you and things you can’t hide in your sleeves and pretend they aren’t there usually are bigger effectors of privilege. By this I mean; I’m an atheist you can’t tell by looking at me that I am an atheist (my shoes definitely don’t say atheist), so anyone who might discriminate against non-christians would not be aware unless I said something. However, a woman who was non-gender conforming was denied a tip because of her appearance.”

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2 thoughts on “All your linkspam are belong to us (19 November 2013)

  1. Brent Laabs

    Based on the events in Skud’s article last year: Rape as Backstory – Now on the GF wiki, several people got motivated on creating a backup of TV Tropes’ content, for well, a lot of reasons. After a year, this has finally turned into a fully functioning fork wiki named All The Tropes.

    We have no advertising and are 100% nonprofit, so we don’t have to have the censorship that goes along with that. Because censorship doesn’t actually get rid of the unpleasant tropes in popular culture, it just sweeps the problems under a rug. We think it’s better to talk about them in the open.

    So I was going to ask for a couple of things: Are there steps we could take to make a website that covers tropes in media more welcoming and useful to women and feminist points of view? And: if anyone is interested in doing a follow-up story, go ahead and send me an email.

  2. Ellen Spertus

    You may know about from last year’s viral video about careers in computing and publicity about the upcoming Hour of Code, in which they hope to expose ten million children to computer programming. They have now announced that they will fund K-8 teachers $750 to teach a 20-hour curriculum they developed, with a $250 bonus if at least 40% of the students are female. Disclosure: I helped develop the curriculum while employed by Google, one of’s funders.

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