“Why #patriarchy fears the scissors…” [#geekgirl]
[From this article at The New Statesman] “My own “game” hasn’t suffered at all from having short hair, and it’s a really good way of filtering out the douchecanoes. Neo-misogynists tend not to want to sleep with me, date me or wife me up however I wear my hair, because after five minutes of conversation it tends to transpire that I’m precisely the sort of mouthy, ambitious, slutty feminist banshee who haunts their nightmares, but if I keep my hair short we tend to waste less of each other’s time. If you’ve a ladyboner for sexist schmuckweasels, short hair isn’t going to help, although they might let you administer a disappointing hand-job.
But if you want to meet men as equals, if you want to fill your life with amazing men and boys as lovers, as life-partners, as friends and colleagues who treat women and girls as human beings rather than a walking assemblage of “signs of fertility” – believe me, they are out there – then I wouldn’t start by changing your hair. I’d start by changing your politics, and surrounding yourself with people who want to change theirs, too.”
[From an article at Kotaku] '"As a woman in game development, I have only so much political capital to spend before I get dismissed as a chick, [as] crazy, hysterical, shrill, stupid, not a real woman, not a real gamer," one developer tells me. After six years in the industry, she says, "I've been soaking in it so long, I mistrust my own internal calibration."'
“”We are not post-racism any more than we are post-feminism…” [#geekgirl]
“We are not post-racism any more than we are post-feminism. This is the context into which this video falls: a white middle-class woman playing ringleader to anonymous black women. Maybe there is a knowing wink here I missed. But I haven’t missed years of black women writing about how their bodies are used for white people to write their own scripts all over them.
Whether the project is feminism or a way of selling a song. Our sketches matter. Who gets to be in charge of our bodies matters. So I am sorry but Allen cannot be the one to say this is nothing to do with race. Racism works precisely by denying the presence of race. The privilege is to not notice it.
Does liberal feminism expect so little that we lap up the crumbs from the table? That we say to women of colour: I am afraid your concerns are a bit humourless, we will sort out the race stuff later, and by the way where did you get your nails done? Well, it’s just not good enough for this bitch.
As hard as it might be here, I still know it’s a damn sight harder for some bitches than others.”
The Creepy Cull of the Female Protagonist [#nsfw] [#geekgirl]
“Twitter vs Female Protagonists in Video Games” [#geekgirl]
“Stories are more likely to carry a male byline…” [#geekgirl]
despite recent research showing women working in the media now outnumber men. There are also many more women graduating from journalism courses across Australia.This report is based on a snapshot of nine metropolitan and regional print media publications on 4 March, 2013. Stories with bylines were coded for gender and were allocated to a theme or “round”. Content categories included: arts, climate/weather, crime/law, economy (including business and finance), education, entertainment, environment, fashion, food, health, industrial relations/workplace, international, media, politics, relationships and sport.”“Who reports the news in Australian daily publications? Stories are more likely to carry a male byline rather than a female one across all daily publications investigated by New Matilda. The dominance of men is focused on the big reporting fields of sport, economics (including business and finance) and politics and the most prominent parts of the publication. The gender gap is slightly greater in News Ltd publications and is most marked in the national newspaper, The Australian.The gap exists
Sexist “WTF-ness” Brought to You By Wikipedia [#geekgirl]
”Many female novelists, like Harper Lee, Anne Rice, Amy Tan, Donna Tartt and some 300 others, had been relegated to the ranks of “American Women Novelists” only, and no longer appeared in the category “American Novelists.”
Male novelists on Wikipedia, however — no matter how obscure — all got to be in the category “American Novelists.” In an Op-Ed article I wrote, published on The New York Times’s Web site on Wednesday, I suggested it was too bad that there wasn’t a subcategory for “American Men Novelists.” And what do you know; shortly after, a new subcategory called exactly that appeared.
But there was more. Much more. As soon as the Op-Ed article appeared, unhappy Wikipedia editors pounced on my Wikipedia page and started making alterations to it, erasing as much as they possibly could without (I assume) technically breaking the rules. They removed the links to outside sources, like interviews of me and reviews of my novels. Not surprisingly, they also removed the link to the Op-Ed article. At the same time, they put up a banner at the top of my page saying the page needed “additional citations for verifications.” Too bad they’d just taken out the useful sources.
In 24 hours, there were 22 changes to my page. Before that, there had been 22 changes in four years. Thursday night, a kind soul went in there and put back the deleted sources. The Wiki editors instantly took them out again.
I knew my page might take a beating. But at least I’m back in the “American Novelists” category, along with many other women.
For the moment anyway.”
Kathrine Switzer: First Woman to Enter the #BostonMarathon [#geekgirl]
[On this day of lingering sadness regarding the Boston Marathon Bombings (and not forgetting the devastation that's currently unfolding in Waco, Texas), take in the positives of the above video of ballsy Kathrine Switzer: the first ever woman to complete the Boston-based race.]
“All She Did Was Join Twitter…” [#geekgirl]
…when Elise Andrew, the brain behind the popular Facebook page I F**king Love Science, posted her Twitter profile picture there last week, some of the page’s 4.3 million fans were shocked to learn her gender—even though Andrew’s identity as a woman was no secret.
#Latent #Tech #Sexism Still Alive and Well in 2013 [#geekgirl]
There’s been a huge outcry of “WTF”? media guff regarding Sony’s PlayStation 4 New York Event [and with no actual pics of the new console on show, it's no wonder why]. Another glaring omission during the PS4 show[-without-the-]casing was the lack of gal participants during the entire event, with Russell Brandom from The Verge banging out his concise take regarding it:
“This has sadly become business as usual in gaming and consumer electronics. If you didn’t notice, it’s probably because there also weren’t any female devs or executives onstage at the Wii U launch, or the EA Gamescom event, or the most recent HTC unveiling, or any Apple keynote in recent memory. With an all-male board and executive staff, Apple would have no one to send. In 2013, that should be shocking, but it’s so much the industry norm that it’s hard to single Sony out as especially egregious. Onstage, this is what the game industry looks like. It just isn’t what gamers look like.”
If all this sensible talk about leaving gals out of product launches just doesn’t
fit in with your narrowly-focused phallocentric world viewfloat your boat, try this pisstake-type-angle on the PS4 Event from VideoGamerTV instead.
[Update: for one of the first demos of the PS4 in action watch Jimmy Fallon and his testosterone-drenched buds below shoot the crapola outta stuff while demo-playing
another hackneyed high gloss FPS-penis-replacement game"Killzone: Shadow Fall" (again, with no gal pals present).]