Hairy-legged bra-burning linkspam (17th June, 2010)

2010 June 17
  • Open World Forum 2010 (Sep 30 to Oct 1, Paris) is having a Diversity Summit: Why women matter? relating to women in Free/Open Source Software. There’s an associated poll to gather data about women in FLOSS that anyone involved in FLOSS might be interested in taking.
  • Andrea Phillips is super-excited about Caitlin Burns and Jurassic Park Slope events.
  • Making games is hard: On the barriers that women face: … as someone whose life has been consumed by learning the ins and outs of game development for the past three years, I have to say that making a game is pretty damn hard. And I think that the complicated process of game development itself can be a barrier to women entering the field
  • Discussing sexism in geek communities is more important than discussing gender imbalance: Restructure! writes Ironically, when some female geeks use the capitalist discourse of increasing female representation in STEM fields as a structural strategy for reducing sexism and improving our personal autonomy / right to pursue our career of choice, many male geeks misunderstand these efforts as being anti-choice.
  • In light of Restructure!’s post, see Eric Ries, Why diversity matters (the meritocracy business): That’s why I care a lot about diversity: not for its own sake, but because it is a source of strength for teams that have it, and a symptom of dysfunction for those that don’t.
  • Women and Technology and Myth: Adriana Gardella interviews Cindy Padnos, a venture capitalist. The article is a little bit on the "suck it up, buttercup" end of the spectrum, but has good points about critical mass and homophily.
  • Jessa Crispin has given up reading bad books about women: I had to give up on a pretty good book because halfway through I did a little equation: what was the probability that the two women in the book would turn out to be anything other than gold diggers and sluts. Not great! So: gone.
  • Isis the Scientist has more on John Tierney, bonus humorous pictures!
  • What I got wrong about women in science: Maggie Koerth-Baker writes Several hours after I hit “publish”, I realized that I’d managed to put together a panel on diversity made up of nothing but white people.
  • Her blogging about social justice doesn’t make Renee your on-tap free expert on womanism, anti-racism or social justice.

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This post was written by mary.

Mary is a Free Software contributor, computational linguistics research student and programmer at large. She can also be found at and Hoyden About Town.

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  1. Addie permalink
    June 17, 2010

    My rant about Intel’s “Generations” ad; would love to hear if other Geek Feminism readers have been equally irritated by it:

    • Melissa permalink
      June 18, 2010

      Nice writeup and spot on.

      Sadly, the biggest thing I took from it though is “Holy Fuck! Feminist YouTube comments? Nowai!”

      Though it’s good, nay, freaking awesome that people are talking geekfem in places like YouTube.

  2. Melissa permalink
    June 18, 2010

    I’m way behind on my BB reading, so I’m only just now seeing Maggie’s awesome post. She posts something saying “Discrimination can be accidental and it’s easy and this is why and why it’s bad. Look even I overlooked PoC for this diversity panel!” and within the first half a dozen posts people are almost tripping over themselves to tell her “It wasn’t discrimination it was an accident! It would have been tokenism!”

    It’s not what I’d call hostile or anything, but I just can’t read past it for fear of splitting my head open on my desk. Accidentally.

  3. GingerLucy permalink
    June 18, 2010

    Interesting stat not included in all the commentary on the predominance of girls in gifted programs: more boys are tested for giftedness.

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