Look at Me, I’m a Linkspam! (10 July 2015)

  • Google’s algorithm shows prestigious job ads to men, but not to women. Here’s why that should worry you. | The Washington Post (July 6): “when Google presumed users to be male job seekers, they were much more likely to be shown ads for high-paying executive jobs. Google showed the ads 1,852 times to the male group — but just 318 times to the female group.”
  • [CW: brief description of harassment] This Industry is Fucked | Jessie Frazelle’s Blog (July 5): “Ever since I started speaking at conferences and contributing to open source projects I have been endlessly harassed.”
  • Silence is Complicit. I’ll Speak Up Now. | evanbrown.io (July 7): “Don’t be complicit, don’t be a safe harbor. Call people out on the spot. Shine a big bright light every chance you get. Do other things, too. Find something concrete that you can contribute and let’s get to work on cleaning up the mess in our industry.”
  • Just don’t do it | language: a feminist guide (July 5): “No one writes articles telling men how they’re damaging their career prospects by using the wrong words. With women, on the other hand, it’s a regular occurrence. “
  • An Unassuming Web Proposal Would Make Harassment Easier | WIRED (July 2): “WHOIS is an archaic remnant from the earliest days of the Internet whose “fathers” neglected to think about the consequences of requiring domain owners to make their physical addresses public.”
  • WVU Libraries partners with Wikimedia foundation to create first Wikipedian-in-Residence to focus on gender gap | WVU Today (June 25): “The Wikipedian in residence at the WVU Libraries will help to increase the profile of several West Virginia women who have excelled in their fields – whether that be science, healthcare, business, or entertainment – but who have not yet garnered the public attention they deserve.”
  • CRISPR: Move beyond differences | Nature (June 24): “People at the conference quipped that this gendered divide reflected the following: men are pro-science and women are pro-ethics; men draw on rational criteria to support their arguments whereas women draw on emotional ones; men are interested in tangible, pragmatic issues whereas women are interested in values and deep ethical thought.
    All of these ideas are reductive and sexist. They fail to recognize that people — whatever their gender, race or class — generally focus on pragmatic and measurable solutions to the problems they find the most pressing. People just differ on which issues they think are the most important.”

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