The linkspam-whore dichotomy (17th May, 2010)

2010 May 17
  • Lightgetsin rants in The one where I shout about able-bodied technology privilege for a while: Also, the next person to tell me to get a Kindle . . . really shouldn’t. The Kindle occasionally reads a book out loud… But the Kindle itself is not accessible… I have a handheld reading device. Hint: it cost more than a Kindle.
  • sqbr reviews standard tropes in Disability in Speculative Fiction: Monsters, mutants and muggles. (via FWD)
  • Anna talks about how incessant criticism of a blogger you disagree with is harassment.
  • Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal thinks the answer to "why are there so few girl engineers?" is in the toys. (There’s a discussion thread at Sociological Images following from it too.)
  • China targets online commentator anonymity: BBC News reports that China is considering forcing its citizens to use their real names when they post comments on internet bulletin boards.
  • Smashing Magazine has an interview with 16 Women In Web Design: Group Interview – Smashing Magazine: ‘ware, the comments are apparently a bingo card or two.
  • Do you know any women leading the development of an emerging programming language? It seems that perhaps O’Reilly doesn’t, so introduce them if you like.
  • Fannish spaces, girls, and the culture of silence. Saying sorry, I can write whatever I want, and I only want to write boys snogging is a valid individual response when it only applies to your fictional life. But when it starts to be a symptom of a cultural problem, then we need to talk.
  • The Penguin Trail – Cape to Cairo: a project by two women, Veera Uusoksa and Armi Korhonen, who are travelling from Cape Town to Cairo, starting January 2011, while raising awareness for free and open source software.
  • Cosplay, race, ability, and gender; or, who gets to dress up as whom?: I think Caitie did a good job pointing out why it’s problematic to cosplay as characters of color as a white fan, so I want to talk a little about how this conversation links to other kinds of minority cosplaying (namely, disability and gender).
  • People love to hear about you walking alone at night, feeling free, but there’s the obligatory rape culture ‘stay safe’ rider

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2 Responses
  1. Katherine permalink
    May 18, 2010

    Re: SMBC and kids’ toys: There is something to that, but then, my sister and I were allowed to let our imaginations soar with our dolls. They were explorers and engineers, they had a complex (for the age we were) political system.

    It’s sad when girls only have dolls to play with though, I always think that’s something that we as a society should have grown out of by now. I’m going to investigate a toy library near me and see if they divide toys up by gender far too much.

  2. tigtog permalink
    May 25, 2010

    I totally missed Anna’s post (I’ve missed lots of stuff lately), and I think it’s an immensely important one. Because I think more people might read it here than on a fortnight old post at Anna’s place, I’m reposting the comment I just left there:

    Not a request for more context – you’ve made it clear why you’ve limited the specifics and I fully support your decision. Just that my spoons have been low for months and I just haven’t been following as many blogs/journals as I normally do, so I feel that I’ve missed absolutely heaps of background on this. However, I will cope.

    Here is an open invitation to anyone who wants to post an exploration of this or similar harassment issues as a guest poster on Hoyden About Town, by all means using a single-purpose new nym, where I can cope with all the moderation of nastiness with my vorpal blade of SMITE! so that you don’t have to – I have filters and I’m not afraid to use them.

    This sort of harassment needs to be spotlighted, especially our own complicity in it.

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