At my signal, unleash Linkspam (7 March 2014)

  • Your Critic is in Another Castle: Not a “Real” Gamer: “It’s so insidious. The culture sneaks up on you so easily. And while I watched my husband finish his personal-canon Mass Effect trilogy replay in the evenings, I sat and stewed and lamented that I don’t appear to be a gamer anymore… while holding my 3DS in my hand.”
  • 5 Big Problems with Compassion-Baiting: ‘To ask someone to publicly defend their humanity through “dialog,” and then chastize them for refusing to do so, completely ignores and obscures the additional burden of oppressed people participating in “dialogs” that evaluate their own humanity.’
  • Sexism in fandom and Bullying: Analysis of recent Ross/Hugo Award article shows how the usual power dynamics, victim-of-bullying appropriation, and gendered slurs came into play when people protested the choice. Bonus ref to Mary Beard’s recent essay on the silencing of women in 2000 years of Western lit.
  • Capcom can’t include female characters in Deep Down because reasons. (Many images) | Go Make Me a Sandwich: “Stories are things written by people – they don’t spring out of some magical thought vacuum. Neither are they things that are received from on high, perfect and immutable, that must be transmitted without any change from its original form. If you’re incapable of telling the story you want to tell while also including female characters, that says a lot about how you look at the world as a creator, none of it good.”
  • YC Female Founders Conference | Ellen’s Blog: “So, I’d go to the event again. I wish the industry was far enough along that I was writing about clever lessons I learned and was coming back to apply. Unfortunately, it’s not. The YC Female Founders conference made me realize how far we still have to go.”
  • Microsoft ads show women focused on how computers can help their wedding planning and children | Slate: “They’re funny, sure, but ads that misrepresent the relationship between technology and women aren’t harmless. They perpetuate the idea that women are less equipped to interact with technology and imply that specific devices must be marketed to women to be appealing. “
  • Calling IN: A Less Disposable Way of Holding Each Other Accountable: “I picture “calling in” as a practice of pulling folks back in who have strayed from us. It means extending to ourselves the reality that we will and do fuck up, we stray and there will always be a chance for us to return. Calling in as a practice of loving each other enough to allow each other to make mistakes; a practice of loving ourselves enough to know that what we’re trying to do here is a radical unlearning of everything we have been configured to believe is normal.”
  • Double Union — How not to support women in tech: “In fact, any situation that allows people to be in a position of power over women and/or marginalized people (such as mentorship or volunteer coding workshops) is likely to attract creepy or abusive people. If your organization serves women in tech and/or marginalized people, we argue that your organization has a specific responsibility to screen for, detect, and eject creepy or abusive people. “
  • Indian Wikimedia community coordinates Women’s History Month « Wikimedia blog: “The Indian Wikimedia community is pleased to invite you to participate in Women’s History Month events, 2014… We have planned events all through this month. They aim at creating new articles, expanding the existing stubs and translating English articles to various Indic languages.”
  • How to Level the Playing Field for Women in Science – Advice – The Chronicle of Higher Education: “Our study also identified interventions that could help change that disheartening pattern. Some of these policies are now in place at some universities and are being promoted by some federal agencies. We are at a critical point, where the story could change dramatically: The “baby penalty” could be wiped out, or at least greatly ameliorated, by these four reforms: better child care (in many forms), effective dual-career policies, childbirth accommodations, and compliance with Title IX’s prohibition on pregnancy discrimination.”

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2 thoughts on “At my signal, unleash Linkspam (7 March 2014)

  1. d2kd3k

    Great Linkspam today! Brava.

    For the next one:

    How to add more women to your story | The Black Board: “Are the “tips” no-brainers and self-evident? Yup. Because this stuff isn’t rocket science: if you want more women (or people of color, or GLBTQ characters, or other marginalized/erased characters), write them into your scripts.”

  2. Suzanne

    In the discussion of what makes a “real” gamer, I have often wondered if, instead of trying to define what makes a ” real gamer” (“Does Bejeweled count? How much time/wk? What genres?” etc.), we define what makes a “casual gamer”.

    In my view, that means that the people who actually get paid to game–people who get sponsors and participate in eSports and the like–they are pro gamers. The people who do gaming as a hobby (which is the vast majority) are all casual gamers. Because it is casual. There is no fame or fortune hinging on it. You are playing it for fun, in your free time, because you like it. Ergo you don’t really have license to get all elitist about it, and to shame someone else for playing cutesy Nintendo titles while you’re busy shooting virtual soldiers in their virtual heads with your virtual 360 no-scope.

    I’m sure this is mostly pure idealism, but it seems like that might be a bit of a reality check for some of the ego-inflated gamers in our midst. Everyone’s a casual, except for the pros. Relax and learn to deal with it.

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