Linkspamming from the mountaintops (29th November, 2010)

2010 November 28
  • A Very Special Episode of Grey Areas: Privilege Denying Dude Edition: In social justice, not all tactics that are divisive are effective, but all tactics that are effective are divisive. That doesn’t mean we should set our phasers to divide, but when a tactic is labeled as divisive or radical, there is a chance it might be one worth considering.
  • HTML pseudocode cross-stitch for geek feminist gift-giving.
  • 15-minute writing exercise closes the gender gap in university-level physics: Think about the things that are important to you. Perhaps you care about creativity, family relationships, your career, or having a sense of humour. Pick two or three of these values and write a few sentences about why they are important to you… This simple writing exercise may not seem like anything ground-breaking, but its effects speak for themselves.
  • Disalienation: Why Gender is a Text Field on Diaspora: Sarah Mei writes The “gender” field in a person’s profile was originally a dropdown menu, with three choices: blank, male, and female. My change made it an optional text field that was blank to start. A wide open frontier! Enter anything you want.
  • Grandma’s Superhero Therapy (18 photos) – My Modern Metropolis: GO SUPER MAMIKA!!!!! A few years ago, French photographer Sacha Goldberger found his 91-year-old Hungarian grandmother Frederika feeling lonely and depressed. To cheer her up, he suggested that they shoot a series of outrageous photographs in unusual costumes, poses, and locations.
  • New-ish site you might want to check out: Ars Marginal: So much of the arts and entertainment we get exposed to is by and for straight White guys*. We figured it’s time for us to talk about what we get out of it. Because, frankly, we’re tired of that shit. Ars Marginal flips the script and looks at movies, TV shows, comic books, and games from our point of view.
  • Context. Or, no you don’t get to apply your Internet niche knowledge to me doing my job. :>: yes, using a swastika in your gaming profile is going to get you banned, internet contrarian.

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  1. Shauna permalink
    November 28, 2010

    Those photos of Mamika are fabulous! I especially like the picture of her tucking in the superman figurine, and also of her flying while walking her dog. Whimsical and badass both at once.

    I watched Agora this weekend and wrote a review on my blog. Would love to hear what other people thought of the movie.

  2. Joseph Hewitt permalink
    November 28, 2010

    The author of the 15 minute writing exercise article pointed out on twitter how different the comments are between this post and one he did earlier about a similar study applied to race.

    http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/notrocketscience/2009/04/16/simple-writing-exercise-helps-break-vicious-cycle-that-holds-back-black-students/

  3. Woodrow "asim" Jarvis Hill permalink
    November 29, 2010

    In the same vein as Joseph’s link, here’s one from Ars Technica on a similar Self-affirmation technique applied to women:

    http://arstechnica.com/science/news/2010/11/personal-essay-boosts-coeds-physics-skills.ars?comments=1&p=21064450#comment-21064450

  4. Meg permalink
    November 29, 2010

    The comments at Sarah Mai’s website are half thank-you notes, and half depressing to read. I should know better by now ;-)

    I figure that there are two reasons to include a gender option: to avoid assuming all your users are male, or because people use social networking sites for dating and many people have gender preferences for dating. Both are well satisfied by having a free-form text box, and I think it even serves them potentially better. For #1, it reminds you not to assume that your users are homogeneous blobs and for #2, I know that I’m generally attracted to certain gender expressions rather than half the population. It’s probably really helpful to be able to list “bear” (no thanks) or “fae” (yes please!) instead of having to categorize yourself into one of two boxes. Additionally, it doesn’t assume that everyone wants to opt in to the dating aspect of a social network, allowing as it does “Why?” or “Hit on in inappropriate circumstances” as valid responses.

    It’s also awesome, in that it doesn’t set up a “normal” and “weird” dichotomy that so many of the other options do (like the “simple”/”advanced” screen, or the “male/female/it’s complicated” selections.) If you care about diversity (for example, you want to know how diverse open source contributers are), you can either poll contributers separately (and possibly anonymously), or stick yourself with writing a perl script and knowing that there are likely to be some unresolved cases, which simply takes on the impossible task you were previously saddling your users with!

    For site customization, I could see why a “what pronoun do you prefer?” option could be useful, with a gender-neutral default, but then again I have pie-in-the-sky dreams of purpose-driven data collection.

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