Linkspam: it’s what’s for dinner. (11 December 2015)

  • Reframing the Responsibility Narrative Around Online Harassment | The Daily Beast: [content note: article has an alternate headline] “This is the root of victim blaming. Harassers’ responsibility for awful actions are eroded, such that a false image of power lies with the recipient of abuse. Instead of confronting harassers and abusers, people blame targets for taking action in response to abuse—to protect themselves and others, as in Ford’s case. “You got a man fired!” instead of “That’s what happens when you’re a jerk to someone.””
  • Speak Up & Stay Safe(r): | A Guide to Protecting Yourself From Online Harassment: “This guide is for anyone who fears they might be targeted, or who is already under attack, for speaking their mind online, but is especially designed for women, people of color, trans and genderqueer people, and everyone else whose existing oppressions are made worse by digital violence. It details best security practices for social media, email, online gaming, website platforms, and ensuring privacy of personal information online, as well as the documentation and reporting of harassment, and caring for yourself emotionally during an online attack. You don’t need any specialized knowledge to use this guide – just basic computer and internet skills.”
  • Confidence Through Feedback, or Why Imposter Syndrome is the Wrong Metaphor | Beth Andres-Beck: “Without feedback, there are three options: I can believe, without evidence, that I am an awesome programmer.  I can believe, without evidence, that I am a terrible programmer and quit to go do something else.  Or finally, I can believe, without evidence, that I am a terrible programmer somehow successfully pretending to be an awesome programmer.”
  • Please stop asking women to prove they can do science | Scientific American Blog Network: “The other half of the problem is that so many people are content thinking that they can discount women in these roles. Ignore them. Not hire them. Belittle them. And with no repercussions. As much as we should celebrate women in science, we must also shame the antiquated views that started this problem in the first place.”
  • The New Intimacy Economy | Thoughts on Media – Medium: : “Pretending at closeness is really the only way forward for anyone who wants to make money on the internet. As such, watch as organizations pretend, with increasing intensity, that they are individuals. Start counting how many times platforms, services and websites entreat you in human voices, with awkward humor, for money. Watch as the things we expect to be invisible, utilitarian, start oozing emojis and winky-smileys. Even Silicon Valley, global epicenter of whitewashed empathy voids and 1-percenter sci-fi wank fantasies, is going to pretend it cares about you. Especially Silicon Valley. Ugh.”
  • Meet Three Straddlers in STEM: Bessie, Adrienne and Thacher | Autostraddle: “You all know how much I love talking about women in STEM. But do you know what I like even better? Talking to women in STEM! So for today, I thought I’d take some time to talk with a few kickass, super smart Straddlers who are crushing it in their respective fields: Bessie, Adrienne and Thacher.”
  • Working together on the problem of online harassment in Wikimedia communities | Wikimedia blog: “We hope that this work will lead towards a better understanding of how misanthropy in all its forms—misogyny, racism, xenophobia, and the many other types of hatred some humans harbor for others—manifests in our movement, and how it can be countered.”

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