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I get “fake geek girl” BS in job interviews. I have skipped applying for programming jobs because the ads promote the “bro-centric company culture,” where it is common to drink beer and no one complains about your naughty sense of humor. I have applied at companies that won’t interview me for the position that I’m qualified for because the type of programming that I do is more typical for guys and this other type over here that I don’t do is more typical for girls; in order to show how inclusive of women they are, they strongly encourage me to apply for [girl job] despite me being grossly overqualified for [boy job that I can’t be interviewed for]. I have gone to interviews where it is made clear to me that I’m the affirmative action candidate, that they were intrigued by my claim to play video games [which I was tested on], and then had the technical interviewer act astounded because during my whiteboarding exercise, I followed a coding standard that prevents a security breach and no other applicants did— and then not gotten the job. I have had jobs where my opinion was dismissed by my superiors who were less qualified than me, who repeatedly interrupted me during demos to tell me that I’m doing the demo wrong on a product that the interrupter has never used— and then gotten fired for calmly standing up to him.

So let me tell you why there are so few games with strong female protagonists and so few games with characters that women can identify with as idealized heroes: games are made by men for themselves.

PetticoatDespot (Click for full comment on an also great article)

Yeah but WHY aren’t there more women in the tech center? Must be because of their genetically weird lady brains AMIRITE?!

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I’m just going to assume that any other group or members of intersecting groups that aren’t straight, white, cis, able-bodied, class-privileged dudebros are going to have a similar experience.

Because the common factors in any field that excludes, (everything but teaching, carers, or service industry) is that straight, white, able-bodied, cis, class-privileged dudebros HAVE THE POWER AND PRIVILEGE to exclude.

It’s not that being any of those things in any combination is inherently bad, it’s that when the systems you dominate reward you for being an asshole while being a combination of those things, rather than discouraging you from being an asshole at all…
You’re probably going to be an asshole.

So here’s a tip: if you don’t want to be an asshole, make the conscious choice not to be. Do the work of not being an asshole. That’s going to require giving up shit you only get while being an asshole, and opportunities handed to you for just being a combination of traits. It’s kinda gonna suck.

The alternative is knowing you’ve chosen to be an asshole and that everyone knows you made that choice.

(And yes, white cishet, able-bodied, and class-privileged ladies: ditto.)

(Source: shatteredjunk)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/10/20/gary-women-killed/17598281/

Based on the names that have been released, it looks like this man targeted black women, possibly sex workers.

Afrika Hardy and Anith Jones, and any other victims did not deserve to be this man’s prey. Their lives are not defined by their work. They were women with families, friends, and dreams. Do not erase them from their own stories.

Let’s not allow the media or the justice system to sweep them away as though they have no value. They had value, as human beings.

Moreover, let’s not use their work to wage campaigns that remove the voices of sex workers from any discussion of its dangers or to “Rescue” those who are capable of speaking for themselves.

It is horrific and tragic that at least 7 women are dead, and we will probably know far more about their murderer than we will ever know about them.

Some days, it’s easy to see social media, perhaps most especially Twitter, as a giant Milgram experiment.
Warren Ellis (via wilwheaton)

This is not…wrong, but incomplete. Because of this http://www.alternet.org/story/126492/questioning_authority%3A_a_rethinking_of_the_infamous_milgram_experiments?paging=off&current_page=1#bookmark

The conclusions frequently drawn from Milgram are the horror show we can be, but the applications of group dynamics and social psychology also show how quickly we can reinforce positive behavior and effect beneficial change in a group.

Social psych and group dynamics are pretty interesting and social media IS a rapid vector of behavior and sentiment, but that’s a really awesome thing since there are more of us than there are of the truly heinous people. And the better we are connected, the less likely we are to allow horrific things to happen.

So, yay US.

http://isreview.org/issue/91/black-feminism-and-intersectionality

This is an important read. When we talk about intersectional feminism, we have to understand that it’s not enough to be inclusive of presence. We have to materially address the intersections of racism, sexuality, classism, ableism, native women, sex workers, and being transgender WITH being women. Too often we say, “Intersectional,” as though it’s about diverse representation rather than about specific needs of groups of women who are not only not present in the visible, leadership, and agenda setting roles within feminism but who are being badly represented in patronizing ways. The homogeneous and highly-privileged group that mainstream feminism has fossilised into since before the turn of the twentieth century is less about women and deconstructing the systemic inequality we face, than it is about garnering influence for another small group of people who are women.

Do any of us have time for that, now?

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themundanematt:

Why #gamergate is important

Fun fact: Morgan Ramsay, founder of the Entertainment Media Counsel, did an objective study of how much of gaming journalism talks about sexism or social justice.

To do this, he downloaded 130,524 articles from 37 RSS feeds of 23 outlets, including The Escapist, Rock Paper Shotgun, CVG, Edge Online, Eurogamer, Gamasutra, Game Informer, GamePolitics, GamesBeat, GamesIndustry International, GameSpot, GamesRadar, IGN, IndieGames, Joystiq, Kotaku, Massively, MCV, NowGamer, PocketGamer.biz, Polygon, Shacknews and VG24/7, published over a period of twelve months. He then did a search on how often these games articles mentioned sexism, feminism, or misogyny.

The result? Over a period of one year, 0.41% of 130,524 articles referenced feminism, feminist, sexism, sexist, misogyny, and misogynist explicitly.

That’s less than half of one percent.

So next time you hear someone whining that “feminism is taking over video games journalism”, what they’re actually whining about is that feminism exists in video games journalism.

What they’re whining about is that journalism isn’t exclusively feeding into their loop of misogyny to affirm them. The actual feminism is just the match to the fuse on that powderkeg.

The ultimate weapon against GamerGate time-wasters: a 1960s chat bot that wastes their time

saathi1013:

dduane:

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Oh my god I clicked through to see recent tweets and one GGer said something about how he’s trying (to compile more links at her request)

AND HER RESPONSE:

"Do you enjoy being trying?"

That is some ‘monkeys typing Shakespeare’ moment right there, folks.

This is actually profoundly beautiful.

grizzlykurtz:

witchesbitchesandbritches:

lifeundefeated:

Yea it’s clearly our “generation that’s making homosexuality a trend.” Seriously, pisses me off when people say that. look at this! It’s always been around, it’s not a trend, it’s real. It’s beautiful.

These are really beautiful images.

History Lesson: In America from about 1700-1920 there was a social rule that said that women did not have a sex drive. According to men, all women ever were asexual and only ever had sex because their husbands wanted it and as a good doting wife they would open up for him. That said, lesbians flourished in this time! Because it was believed that women did not have sex, when two women would share a house and finances together (called a Boston Marriage, look it up!) nobody thought anything of it. Because clearly they werent homosexuals since clearly women were incapable of being independently sexual. The more you know!

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gettyimagesnews:

Photographer Scott Olson was back in Missouri last night covering protests over the October 8 killing of 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. by an off duty St. Louis police officer on October 9, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri. The St. Louis area has been struggling to heal since riots erupted in suburban Ferguson, Missouri after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9. 
Top and Middle: ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 09: Demonstrators march through the streets protesting the October 8 killing of 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. by an off duty St. Louis police officer on October 9, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri. 

Bottom: The grandmother of 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. is comforted during a candlelight vigil for her grandson on October 9, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri.
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gettyimagesnews:

Photographer Scott Olson was back in Missouri last night covering protests over the October 8 killing of 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. by an off duty St. Louis police officer on October 9, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri. The St. Louis area has been struggling to heal since riots erupted in suburban Ferguson, Missouri after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9. 
Top and Middle: ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 09: Demonstrators march through the streets protesting the October 8 killing of 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. by an off duty St. Louis police officer on October 9, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri. 

Bottom: The grandmother of 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. is comforted during a candlelight vigil for her grandson on October 9, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri.
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gettyimagesnews:

Photographer Scott Olson was back in Missouri last night covering protests over the October 8 killing of 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. by an off duty St. Louis police officer on October 9, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri. The St. Louis area has been struggling to heal since riots erupted in suburban Ferguson, Missouri after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9. 
Top and Middle: ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 09: Demonstrators march through the streets protesting the October 8 killing of 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. by an off duty St. Louis police officer on October 9, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri. 

Bottom: The grandmother of 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. is comforted during a candlelight vigil for her grandson on October 9, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri.
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gettyimagesnews:

Photographer Scott Olson was back in Missouri last night covering protests over the October 8 killing of 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. by an off duty St. Louis police officer on October 9, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri. The St. Louis area has been struggling to heal since riots erupted in suburban Ferguson, Missouri after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9. 

Top and Middle: ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 09: Demonstrators march through the streets protesting the October 8 killing of 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. by an off duty St. Louis police officer on October 9, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri. 

Bottom: The grandmother of 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. is comforted during a candlelight vigil for her grandson on October 9, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri.

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