The Phantom Linkspam

  • Where do programmers work? Help us show the world | The Media Show (November 24): “We want to show as many kinds of people as we can programming. People of color. Queer and trans folks; men and women. Older and younger folks. People with disabilities. People with tiny kids running around them while they code.”
  • The Data on Diversity | Communications of the ACM (November 2014 issue): “Diverse teams are more effective: they produce better financial results and better results in innovation. These results show that having a diverse organization is a business imperative.”
  • Women ‘belittled, underappreciated and underpaid’ in tech industry | The Guardian (November 21): “Beyond structural gender disparities, many respondents complained of a “macho, misogynist culture”, with bosses organising events at strip clubs, and frequent commentary on women’s bodies the norm.”
  • Your groundbreaking is not my groundbreaking | N.K. Jemisin (November 25): “I’m pretty sure nobody in the planning meetings for this game went Muahahaha, now we can really stick it to those curly-haired, dark-skinned people!* I think they just started from a completely different set of assumptions about what is “normal”, than… well, what actually is normal to a lot of people. And those assumptions have skewed the whole bell curve of the game.”
  • My Magical Experience at Geek Girl Con | Black Girl Nerds (November 19): “This is why conventions like this exist.  It is to illustrate in such a magical way that you are not the only Black geek girl or queer geek girl, or fat geek girl, or disabled geek girl.  There is a place for you in this community and you have friends and fellow geekettes out there who are willing to support you and tell you that you need not to fear being a member of geekdom.”
  • “I’m so done with it”: Conservationist speaks out against sexism in science | Retraction Watch (November 24): “I think there’s been a sea change in conservation and conservation science. We’re seeing a shift…a lot of discussion about diversity of culture and diversity of gender in conservation science. It’s up to all of us to speak out and say, this is not ok in our community. We’re just not gonna take it.”
  • Pro Star Craft 2 Player Makes Rape Comment about Female Opponent, Gets Booted from Tournament | The Mary Sue (November 24): “I’ve spent some time in competitive gaming myself, and I can’t count the awkward confrontations I’ve gotten into over other gamers—friends, even—throwing around “rape” and other words that they shouldn’t. Unfortunately, most of the time the comments go unanswered, which leads to impressionable players getting the idea that they’re acceptable and even funny things to say.”
  • It’s Not about that Damn Shirt | Women in Astronomy (November 20): “Women said “Dude, wearing that shirt is not cool”. Men are now spending days telling those women the graphic, specific ways they would like to rape and murder them.”
  • No Title, by Marie Connelly | The Pastry Box Project (November 24): “When we talk about platforms, about social networks, we often focus primarily on the technology. Yet in my time as a community manager, I have found that community is rarely about the technology itself—a platform is nothing without the people who use it. And right now, we are losing people. We are losing people who have wisdom and insight and so much to share, because public participation on the web has become increasingly more dangerous.”
  • #Gamergate as a response to re-engineering: BPC as a conspiracy to change computing | Computing Ed (November 23): “We in the Broadening Participation in Computing (BPC) community are aiming to achieve a similar kind of social engineering that the Gamergate supporters are complaining about.  I am part of a vast, international (though maybe not particularly well-organized) conspiracy to change computing culture and to invade computing with many women and members of under-represented groups. We are “actively plotting to influence” computing.

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