Never get involved in a land war in linkspam

  • The Toast’s Recipe for Bootstrapping a Profitable Media Business | Fast Company (October 1): “Feminist commentary wrapped in jokes is Ortberg’s signature style, and what draws over a million unique visitors (per Quantcast) to The Toast each month. Only a little over a year old, the site was profitable just after three months. And, as Ortberg and her cofounder Nicole Cliffe (formerly of The Hairpin) like to point out, unlike so many of the high-profile media startups today–Vox, 538, First Look–they succeeded without any financial commitment from men.”
  • Women Who Conquered the Comic Book World | Ms. blog (September 29): “Robbins knows something about the glass ceiling for women cartoonists because she first hit it herself in the early 1970s, when she tried to join the male-dominated “underground comix” movement based in San Francisco. After the men cartoonists shut her out, Robbins joined forces with other women cartoonists to create their own women’s-lib comic books. She went on to become a well-respected mainstream comic artist and writer, as well as a feminist comics critic who’s written myriad nonfiction books on the subject of great women cartoonists and the powerful female characters they created.”
  • Why I choose to speak at a tech event which had booth babes | Matter Chatter (September 29): “I’m pretty sure Netguide didn’t do their market research which shows that 45% to 48% of gamers are female and at a predominately gaming conference, they were pushing away half of the attendees.  As a female gamer, and a female engineer myself I can tell you that bikini clad girls will not entice me into your booth.  However, the bigger question to ask is what sort of message was this sending to our daughters about their value and to our sons about respecting females?”
  • Apple’s Health App: Where’s the Power? | The Society Pages (September 30): “Apple doesn’t hate people with eating disorders. They probably weren’t thinking about people with eating disorders at all. That’s the problem.”
  • Y Combinator and the Negative Externalities of Hacker News | Danilo Campos (September 29): “I renew my calls to Sam Altman and Y Combinator’s leadership to expound a Code of Conduct for Hacker News. These issues persist, in part, because the organization has yet to draw a line in the cultural sand. It is the height of hypocrisy to claim that sexism and discrimination are problems while leaving unchecked one of the most obvious sites of infection for those ills in our industry.”
  • LoG: Little Women in Gaming | The Lonely D12 (September 26): “During game club at school last week, I had 3 freshmen girls pick up the Shadowrun: Tool Kit and asked me how to play. I told them all about the world and different characters I had played and they said it sounded amazing. They stared at the rule books and were just overwhelmed. These young ladies want to play an RPG but have no means to do it on their own. Which is why getting these girls involved in gaming early, and getting boys to accept women at the table as the norm is so very important.”
  • Male Allies and GHC | Accidentally in Code (October 1): “There’s a lot of discussion about women in tech, and there’s this constant refrain of “what about the men” and I am tired of hearing it. It’s not about the men. It’s about women, and other minorities (who have it far worse). The fact that (some) men have made this, like everything, about them is illustrative of the problem.”
  • Sam Pepper sexual harassment row: How YouTube teen fan girls found their voice | The Telegraph (September 30): “Since Peppergate, young female YouTubers have sought to expose the seedy, misogyinistic underbelly of the vlogging. A number of girls have uploaded their own videos to youtube. There have been extensive allegations of sexual harassment, assault, coercion and rape, with high profile, adult male youtubers accused of soliciting sexual images from underage girls. This flurry of testimonials has sent shock waves through the community.”
  • Man receives 4.5 months of jail time for Twitter rape threats | Ars Technica (September 29): “Nunn began his Twitter attacks around July 29, 2013, five days after the Bank of England announced that the Austen campaign was successful. “Hi, it took Twitter 30 minutes to ban me before. I’m here again to tell you that I’ll rape you tomorrow at 6pm” is one of a handful of tweets Nunn directed at Creasy. The message did indeed originate after the suspension of another of his accounts from which he was tweeting threats.”
  • Spyware executive arrested, allegedly marketed mobile app for “stalkers” | Ars Technica (September 29): “Selling spyware is not just reprehensible, it’s a crime,” Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell saidin a statement. “Apps like StealthGenie are expressly designed for use by stalkers and domestic abusers who want to know every detail of a victim’s personal life—all without the victim’s knowledge.”
  • Learning to Love Criticism | The New York Times (September 27): “The study speaks to the impossible tightrope women must walk to do their jobs competently and to make tough decisions while simultaneously coming across as nice to everyone, all the time. But the findings also point to something else: If a woman wants to do substantive work of any kind, she’s going to be criticized — with comments not just about her work but also about herself. She must develop a way of experiencing criticism that allows her to persevere in the face of it.”
  • People hate me, I must be doing something right | Mathbabe (September 30): (in reference to a quote from the above article) “This is so true! I re-re-learned this recently (again) when I started podcasting on Slate and the iTunes reviews of the show included attacks on me personally. For example: ‘Felix is great but Cathy is just annoying… and is not very interesting on anything’ as well as ‘The only problem seems to be Cathy O’Neill who doesn’t have anything to contribute to the conversation…'”

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3 thoughts on “Never get involved in a land war in linkspam

  1. Lisa Hirsch

    That NY Times op-ed piece is awful – you should link to it primarily to tear it to shreds. The author tells women to just accept criticism in performance reviews and learn from it, without distinguishing between legitimate professional feedback and sexist nonsense. I sent the Times a letter to the editor. It wasn’t printed, but another letter objecting to the op-ed piece was.

    1. Kactus

      Lisa, can you link to the response piece that was published? Or to your letter if you’ve published it elsewhere?

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