Linkspams don’t have what it takes (15th August, 2010)

2010 August 15
  • Alice Adams writes about What women want and how not to give it to them, which includes a list of things companies do that cause their attempts at hiring more women to be ineffective.
  • Chantaal wrote to xbox live to downgrade her own account. The xbox customer service response assumes she’s asking on her nonexistent son’s behalf. Others say they’ve had similar issues.
  • SMBC tackles the ‘why so few women in math’ issue.
  • Rocket nerd Cicutae writes:

    “Do you have any questions Sir?” The response was almost always the same – a glance at me, a cursory “Yeah.”, and then they would turn to one of my male colleagues and direct the question to one of them.

    I don’t blame my co-workers. They clearly know far more about the rocket than I do. I mean, they have penises. All I have is the fact that I was the one who designed the damn rocket. *sigh*

  • HP’s CEO has stepped aside after he was found to have “breached its Standards of Business Conduct” in circumstances surrounding events that led to him being cleared of involvement in “the sexual harassment of a contractor”.
  • A professor at University of Colorado’s Business School says that:

    Attractive women were discriminated against when applying for jobs considered “masculine” and for which appearance was not seen as important to the job. Such positions included titles like manager of research and development, director of finance, mechanical engineer and construction supervisor.

  • Sometimes, you get what you’ve asked for when ordering “girls” shirts.

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3 Responses
  1. jon permalink
    August 19, 2010

    Tereza Nemessanyi’s got a Reuters op-ed Will the next Google be started by a woman?, also cross-posted as a guest post on Fred Wilson’s blog — a followup to her earlier “XX Combinator” post.

  2. Carla Schroder permalink
    August 21, 2010

    How Patriarchy Screws Men out of Screwdrivers
    “The imperative for men to avoid doing anything associated with femininity — lest they get called a “sissy,” “fag,” “woman,” or “girl” — derives directly from the valuing of men and masculinity and devaluing of women and femininity. Men are stigmatized when they do feminine things because femininity is stigmatizing.”

  3. Greg Christopher permalink
    August 23, 2010

    Here is a link you all might find interesting.

    This is my RPG game that just went public beta last night. It incorporates all female pronouns and example characters (though a few males appear as NPCs in some examples). Almost all the artwork is of female characters. I tried to lean the opposite direction against the patriarchy :)

    And completely free. Check it out!

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