The five linkspam languages (6 March 2015)

  • Fat Chicks in SFF | Alis Franklin: “I don’t have any answers here, no uplifting mortal. Only anger, and a rallying cry. I want more fat women in genre fiction. I want fat women whose narratives don’t revolve around their being fat, and whose fatness is not used as a lazy shorthand for mothers or for monsters.”
  • how to write a sexist character without being sexist | We are book punks.: “You may have complex feelings about where sexism comes from and how it works.  Think about them.  Think about them some more. Writing on autopilot and then falling asleep at the wheel have real and painful consequences off the page.  It is your responsibility to stay the fuck awake.”
  • The Queen of Code | FiveThirtyEight: A short and lovely documentary of the great computing pioneer Grace Hopper
  • Why we offer childcare | Write/Speak/Code: “At Write/Speak/Code we know that if we really want to empower existing women engineers, we need to acknowledge the reality of our lives. The fact is that the time when women have the greatest opportunity for visibility and leadership, they are also most likely to be starting a family. Women (and marginalized groups in general) are more likely to be caregivers — for children or other adult family members. Ignoring these facts would directly contradict the mission of Write/Speak/Code – we cannot increase the visibility and leadership of woman software developers without accomodating the needs of mothers and caregivers.”
  • 2015 Leadership Awards Finalists | Women In Technology: Women in Technology Announces Finalists for 16th Annual Leadership Awards: “The awards program honors outstanding women working in the Greater Washington, D.C. region who have exemplified unique vision, leadership and profound success in the technology industry.”
  • Starting your own feminist backchannel | Valerie Aurora: “I’ve started or been part of many feminist backchannels in years past, and lately I’ve been surprised by being invited to several new feminist backchannels by people I don’t even know. I thought it was time for a step-by-step guide to starting and maintaining your own feminist backchannel, in the style of “Start your own b(r)and: Everything I know about starting collaborative, feminist publications” which I had fun co-writing with Amelia Greenhall.”
  • Remembering Octavia Butler & Examining Diversity in Science Fiction | The Marc Steiner Show: Podcast episode discussing diversity in science fiction; guests include “Ytasha L. Womack, author, filmmaker, and dancer, whose latest book is Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci Fi and Fantasy; adrienne maree brownco-editor of  Octavia’s Brood, sci-fi writer, and Emergent Strategy facilitator; K Tempest Bradford, speculative fiction writer, media critic, gadget head, and board member of the Carl Brandon Society, an organization dedicated to supporting and highlighting people of color in science fiction, fantasy, and horror media; and Jason T. Harrisauthor and editor of REDLINES: Baltimore 2028.”
  • Stuck in the Middle On Being Neither an Abused, Nor Ultra-elite, Woman in Tech | Medium: “From my perspective, what’s missing are the stories of women in tech who had a more varied path to the c-suite (or to whatever more senior role was their goal, understanding that goals can and do change) — those who haven’t had the editorial-friendly ultra-rapid rise to the top, who weren’t profiled in Wired, who didn’t have a book tour, and who can help bring others up behind them along the way. There’s nothing wrong or inauthentic about those who did have that experience, but it’s not reflective of those who started off as worker bees and continue to keep the hive humming.”
  • Inclusiveness Towards Non-Drinkers: FAQ (Google Doc): Lists ways to de-emphasize alcohol as primary purpose of team gatherings, and gives multiple reasons people might not be comfortable at drinking events.
  • Advice for women looking to get into game design: Part 1 | Go Make Me a Sandwich: “So I’m going to write a 2-part series here about getting started as a woman in indie publishing… Part 1 is going to handle what I’m calling “thinky stuff” – pros and cons of publishing your own content, as well as common cognitive pitfalls that women face in game publishing. Part 2 is going to deal in more practical matters. I’ll talk about my experiences as a self-publisher: how I got started, what goes into making a finished game, and the many different avenues available to self-publishers.”
  • This Month (And Every Month), Black Sci-Fi Writers Look To The Future | Code Switch : NPR: “But what’s happening now? There are more black writers of science fiction than there have ever been. Every year more of us debut to wider acclaim, find ourselves regularly on genre awards lists for the first time, and experience the pleasure of seeing more and more diverse faces at conventions. The black community has always embraced science fiction — the famous Dark Matter anthologies, edited by Sheree R. Thomas, included a work of speculative fiction from W.E.B. Du Bois. And now science fiction has, I think, finally been forced to recognize us.”
  • One Big Reason the Ellen Pao Case Matters | Nilofer Merchant | LinkedIn: “As the trial continues, the question is whether Silicon Valley and the tech industry as a whole will get a much-needed wake up call to acknowledge sexism exists. That’s why this case matters.”
  • Queer Quest 8: Trans characters in speculative fiction – GLBT News: “Sometimes, critiques of stereotypes and problematic representations can make creators hesitant to try to represent minority characters at all, but I’d argue that’s the exact opposite of the right response. The rarer it is to see a member of a given group in fiction, the greater the burden of representation is that falls on each individual character. Under those kinds of circumstances, the slightest imperfection can become seriously problematic. On the other hand, the more a group is represented in general, and the more a group is represented within a given work, the less of an issue it becomes if this character falls into slightly stereotypical behavior or if that one ends in tragic circumstances. It’s my firm belief that the way to address problematic representation is not necessarily with different representation so much as more representation.”

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2 thoughts on “The five linkspam languages (6 March 2015)

  1. d2k

    Coding Like A Girl “I want to share with you some of my experiences during my 20 years of presenting as feminine and being a programmer along with similar experiences shared by some women I’ve talked to. I’ll also talk about some actionable things that we can do to make tech and games a place where people can feel comfortable presenting as any gender.”

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    #FilmHerStory: 10 Female Biopics That Desperately Need to Happen#Filmherstory, a new Twitter hashtag started by female critics and filmmakers Lexi Alexander, Miriam Bale, Shaula Evans, and Cat Cooper, is providing a nice counterbalance to the ever-boring narrative of the biopic about a white guy who did something by highlighting a range of women across eras, countries, and ethnicities who led incredible lives; the sort that could make for an incredible film or documentary (and in some cases, even a book). Check out all the amazing women in STEM already suggested and add your own!”

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