Linkspams and Chocolate Milk (23 September 2014)

  • Official #teamharpy Statement on the case of Joseph Hawley Murphy vs. nina de jesus and Lisa Rabey | Team Harpy: [CW: retaliation against whistleblowers, sexual harassment] “We both also believe that women calling out harmful the behaviour of men is an act of free speech and of resistance to a culture that regularly reduces our bodies to sexual objects existing only to serve men. We have decided to fight this lawsuit, at great financial and emotional cost to ourselves, because we believe that all victims of sexual harassment should be supported and believed.” “Team Harpy” have also posted about Round 1 of fundraising efforts, for those who would like to offer support.
  • Privilege | Robot Hugs: Short comic explaining privilege, and how to manage it responsibly.
  • You Asked: Why aren’t more companies putting their weight behind diversity initiatives? | ashe dryden: “Industry-wide change isn’t coming from within companies but, increasingly, from people who are able to operate outside them where the risk of being harassed, fired, or pushed out of the industry all together seems lower. When we’re seeing companies actively punish marginalized people for speaking up, we have to question their mission statements proclaiming a commitment to diversity.”
  • What We Talk About When We Talk About What We Talk About When We Talk About Making | Quiet Babylon: “We too can access the tools of publishing and the means of production and find success as independents. We too can be small scale Tims Cook. Some of us who make the attempt will be made rich and some of us will be driven from our homes and some of us will putter along comfortably and all of us will have made our bed upon a great deal of human and environmental suffering.”
  • How to Detoxify the Web | The Kernel: [CW: discussion of abusive language / behavior] “A lot has changed in the world and online, but being 14 still sucks. Plenty of times, just being human sucks. Without someone to talk to or to help you figure out which end is up, it’s easy to push it down—like a man, right?—or fall for advice that doesn’t have your best interest at heart. Those readers still message me sometimes to tell me the impact my advice columns had on their lives. As much as I’d like to think it was because of my fantastic writing, I know it’s because of the community we created together.”
  • Geeks have become their own worst enemies | The Washington Post: “The essence of confidence is the ability to handle critiques and the existence of challengers with grace and security in your own position. If what deBoer is describing is a permanent state, though, then a certain subset of angry geeks will prove themselves to be exactly what the once-dominant culture said they were all along: myopic and insecure. The hysterical reactions to criticism and challenge do far more damage to the proposition that geek culture contains rich forms, stories and communities worth taking seriously than any critic ever could.”
  • GaymerX2: Internetting While Female | YouTube: Video: “Carolyn Petit, Katherine Cross, and Anita Sarkeesian discuss their experiences ‘Internetting While Female’ at GaymerX2 2014.”
  • Dear DC Comics, This Is Why You Shouldn’t Leave Creative Little Girls Behind | The Mary Sue: “Maybe statistically it’s more likely to be four boys playing, and they want to cater to that. But if so, it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy. If you market only to boys, don’t be surprised boys are your only market. And don’t be surprised if the boys with sisters and female friends end up playing something else entirely.”

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