- Geeky Feminism discussion 23 February in New York City: Upcoming event: N.K. Jemisin, Emily Asher-Perrin, Jenn Northington, Alena Graedon, and Diana Pho discuss feminism in nerdom and geek culture as part of our special GEEK WEEK programs.
- How Elementary School Teachers’ Biases Can Discourage Girls From Math and Science | The New York Times (February 6): “A new study points to the influence of teachers’ unconscious biases, but it also highlights how powerful a little encouragement can be.”
- Gendered Language in Teacher Reviews: “This interactive chart lets you explore the words used to describe male and female teachers in about 14 million reviews from RateMyProfessor.com.”
- “Brain Study Confirms Gender Stereotypes”: How science communication can fuel modern sexism | Impact of Social Sciences (February 4): “The way much research on sexual differentiation is conducted and communicated has come under intense criticism from scholars in both the natural and social sciences. Cliodhna O’Connor describes how traditional gender stereotypes are projected onto scientific information and its subsequent reporting.”
- Outreach Program to Join Conservancy from GNOME; Program Renames to Outreachy | Software Freedom Conservancy (February 4): “Outreachy helps people from groups underrepresented in free and open source software get involved by providing a supportive community for newcomers to contribute to throughout the year, and by offering focused internship opportunities twice a year with many free software organizations. “
- Mapzen’s Code of Conduct Policy | Mapzen (February 3): “Starting in 2015, Mapzen will only sponsor events with a strong code of conduct in place.”
- Ruling Update – Iron Solari League | garena (February 3): Possibly the worst inclusivity policy in the history of ever: “Each team will be allowed to have a maximum of one (1) Gay/Transgendered woman for the entirety of the tournament day.” Thankfully updated based on outcry.
- The Imposter Syndrome | The Year of the Looking Glass | Medium (January 27): “Focus on the strengths of being different rather than the weaknesses. Because an imposter is always trying to fit in, she views her differences from her peers as something to overcome.”
- Kameron Hurley: The Privilege to Publish; the Power to Persevere | Locus Online Perspectives (February 4): “the only ones of us left in this business are the writers with safety nets. The writers who have another way to eat, and have the privilege, yes, privilege, of persevering even in the face of constant rejection. I’ve been aware at every turn that I had advantages others didn’t: middle-class parents who didn’t insist I get a real career. A grandfather who paid for graduate school in a cheap foreign country. No children of my own, or parents or siblings I had to care for.”
- When will gamers understand that criticism isn’t censorship? | Technology | The Guardian (January 30): “Anita Sarkeesian has announced a new video series looking into masculinity and video games. The hate has already started, but it is misplaced.”
- Dueling Petitions Surround GamerGate Promotor Adam Baldwin’s Supanova 2015 Appearance | BuzzFeed (January 27): “A petition started … to revoke Baldwin’s invitation has been challenged by another, allegedly spearheaded by 8Chan.”
- Nerds Welcomed Here: Six Ways My Daughter’s Childhood Will Differ From Mine | Black Girl Nerds (February 4): “There are many ways that my daughter’s experiences and mine are different, but here are six ways our childhoods are worlds apart”
- No Woman Should Ever Be Called A “B….” on Stage At A Tech Conference or #Crunchies Awards Show Period #thatisall | SocialWayne.com (February 6): “Another week, another sexist, disrespectful incident in tech. “Also links to My first and last time at the Crunchies which includes a first hand account.
- Silicon Valley sexism: why it matters that the internet is made by men, for men | NewStatesman (February 4): “Tech’s institutionalised male dominance, and the sex segregation and hierarchies of its workforce, have serious and harmful effects globally on women’s safety and free expression.”
- Stop Equating Women In Tech With Engineers | TheLi.st @ Medium (February 1): “The conflation of STEM experience with ability to be “in tech” is something that seems to happen far more frequently (and reflexively) where women are concerned — yet it’s a standard that is not similarly imposed on the many, many male entrepreneurs and VCs who participate in the industry. “
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