There Can Be Only Linkspam (19 September 2014)

  • on being a woman and a war historian | armsandthemedicalman: “As I say, we all bring our own histories, including our subjective constructions of gender, to our historical practice. Which is why it is important not only that we note and acknowledge that women have written and are writing the history of the First World War, but also that we don’t categorise their writing simply as a category of ‘other’. How I embed this in my own practice as a woman writing the history of the First World War is something I am still working on and probably will be for the rest of my professional life.”
  • Steampunk without POC is so 1899 | K. Tempest Bradford: “While I do really want to see this succeed, it would be ridiculous to make a steampunk film with only white characters. There’s no justifiable reason for this cast not to be racially diverse.”
  • Racial discrimination & resignation of Dr. Misee Harris – An Open Letter to media | Black Girl Nerds: Forced out of her job because of her (private!) social media posts. “Dr. Misee Harris wants to go public with this unfortunate story of racial discrimination in the workplace because it has been her mission to empower black women, many of whom, when subjected to this kind of discrimination do not have the financial freedom to leave with dignity the way Dr. Harris chose to.”
  • MacArthur Awards Go to 21 Diverse Fellows | Alison Bechdel is among the winners. “Several of the new fellows are combating pressing social problems, including violence against women and racial bias.”
  • 5 Things I Learned as the Internet’s Most Hated Person | [CW: article illustratively quotes violent threats and misogynistic slurs] “Do you know how weird it is to see an actor from a show you love repost conspiracy videos about how your sex life is somehow ruining video games? Pretty goddamned weird, it turns out.”
  • The Greatest Black Women In Superhero Comics (Who Aren’t Storm) | io9: “Whenever anybody asks about black women in comics, the immediate response is to bring up Storm. But Storm isn’t the only black woman to rock superpowers and a costume. Here are 20 other black female characters in superhero comics who deserve more love and attention.”
  • Smartphones Are Used To Stalk, Control Domestic Abuse Victims | All Tech Considered : NPR: [CW: domestic violence, abuse] “But there’s another kind of privacy concern that is a lot more intimate. You could call it Little Brother, though it’s really more like husbands and wives, lovers and exes who secretly watch their partners — from a distance. They are cyberstalking — using digital tools that are a lot cheaper than hiring a private detective. NPR investigated these tools, also known as spyware, and spoke with domestic violence counselors and survivors around the country. We found that cyberstalking is now a standard part of domestic abuse in the U.S.”
  • Guest post by Kameron Hurley: Why I Stopped Writing About White People | Far Beyond Reality: “There will always be people calling my decision political, of course, without asking themselves about the political decision made by those who have written in unrealistically white worlds their whole lives. What could be more political than a legal, political, and social system that seeks to erase the majority of the world’s population and pretend a minority population – white people make up just 20% of the world’s population – owned the past, and will own the future?”
  • Why It’s Time To Put A Stop To Feminist ‘Infighting’ Accusations | Ravishly: “Feminism is only effective when it is self-critical. When marginalized voices are shut out, you create an environment where dissent is disallowed, which puts holes in our visibility and presence. Inclusion of marginalized women is not optional. With them/us, feminism remains as pockets of isolated consent, a lot of sound of fury signifying nothing. That is what actual divisiveness looks like.”
  • Grin and Bear It?: On Staying in the Picture | Camille E. Acey: “As a black woman in free software/free culture (what I guess could be called a Double Unicorn?), I find that I am often The Only One In The Room and — as one can imagine — there is a certain amount of discomfort/unwanted attention that comes with that. So when it comes to pictures, if the group is truly progressive/diverse or has it’s heart t in the right place and seems to be making strides towards inclusiveness then I am mostly fine for my image to be used to signal to the world that ‘Hey, this is an inclusive bunch’ and further to signal to other black women like me ‘Come on in, the water is warm (or at least not icy cold!)’. However, if the group is less than hospitable and/or does not seem like something I’d want anyone I care about putting time into to, then I do my best to dodge the lens. And so time and time again in different meetups and gatherings, at work and at play,  I’ve literally had to take a moment to determine whether I should ‘Give a grin or get going’.”
  • Tech’s Wakeup Call From Your Trans Coworker | The Bold Italic – San Francisco: [cw: transphobic slurs, discrimination of trans and genderqueer individuals] “A friend of mine who identifies as genderqueer told me about how they had to explain to their own HR department that outing someone without their permission is wrong. If you can’t rely on your HR department, where they’re supposed to know this stuff, then who can you rely on?

    This lack of knowledge about how to properly handle trans issues exists industry-wide. On top of it all, there is an immense pressure to believe that these problems don’t matter, shouldn’t be discussed, or that they don’t exist at all. If we don’t fit in to ‘the culture,’ in tech, we get iced out silently and forcefully.”

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1 thought on “There Can Be Only Linkspam (19 September 2014)

  1. blablablaandgabbler

    We quite wish that Gwendolyn from Saga had been mentioned in i09’s list of Greatest Black Women Superheroes. But, then again, not really a hero. Just in a comic book.

    P.S. We love the name Gwendolyn!

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