“Ursula K. Le Guin on Being a Man” [#geekgirl]
[From an article at brainpickings.org] “Le Guin writes:
I am a man. Now you may think I’ve made some kind of silly mistake about gender, or maybe that I’m trying to fool you, because my first name ends in a, and I own three bras, and I’ve been pregnant five times, and other things like that that you might have noticed, little details. But details don’t matter… I predate the invention of women by decades. Well, if you insist on pedantic accuracy, women have been invented several times in widely varying localities, but the inventors just didn’t know how to sell the product. Their distribution techniques were rudimentary and their market research was nil, and so of course the concept just didn’t get off the ground. Even with a genius behind it an invention has to find its market, and it seemed like for a long time the idea of women just didn’t make it to the bottom line. Models like the Austen and the Brontë were too complicated, and people just laughed at the Suffragette, and the Woolf was way too far ahead of its time.”
Where Did All the Women Coders Go? [#geekgirl]
But a lot of computing pioneers, the ones who programmed the first digital computers, were women. And for decades, the number of women in computer science was growing.
But in 1984, something changed. The number of women in computer science flattened, and then plunged.”
“Better Identification of Viking Corpses Reveals: Half of the Warriors Were Female”
[From this article at tor.com] “By studying osteological signs of gender within the bones themselves, researchers discovered that approximately half of the remains were actually female warriors, given a proper burial with their weapons.
It’s been so difficult for people to envision women’s historical contributions as solely getting married and dying in childbirth, but you can’t argue with numbers—and fifty/fifty is pretty damn good. The presence of female warriors also has researchers now wondering just how accurate the stereotypes of raping and pillaging actually are:
Women may have accompanied male Vikings in those early invasions of England, in much greater numbers than scholars earlier supposed, (Researcher) McLeod concludes. Rather than the ravaging rovers of legend, the Vikings arrived as marriage-minded colonists.
In many ways, this discovery is well-timed with the recent uproar over Thor becoming a title for both sexes instead of an exclusively male name. Fingers crossed this means that pop culture could start including more female warriors than just Sif and Lagertha (from The History Channel’s Vikings, above). Just so long as they’re not wearing boob plate armor.”
“Women in Art and Technology” Part 2 [#geekgirl]
“A.I.R. Gallery and 2013–14 Fellowship Artist, Amelia Marzec, are pleased to announce the second installment of “Women in Art and Technology,” an evening of presentations, discussion, and exhibitions.
Technology is the medium we use to communicate today, but we still experience a gender gap and a generation gap in terms of women’s participation in technology as a creative medium. A.I.R. Gallery invites artists, curators, creative technologists, critics, historians and researchers with an interest in women, art, and technology to join us on July 22 for an evening event. We’ll talk about women trailblazers in new media; enjoy presentations and exhibitions by digital artists; and hold a roundtable discussion to consider these issues within the larger context of the history of art. Our interest is in creating a platform for further conversations and participation at the ﬁrst all female cooperative gallery in the United States.”
“Always #LikeAGirl …” [#geekgirl]
Horror Films Directed By Women Wanted [#geekgirl]
Entry is free and only online screeners are accepted.
To qualify your film must be:
- directed by a woman
- produced in the last 2 years
- a horror film (broadly defined, and dark fantasy, thriller, Gothic melodrama or similar may also be considered)
You may submit films of any duration but note that only short films will screen competitively and only a handful of feature films will be programmed. If you have a feature film you would like us to consider, please submit or contact the festival about it as as soon as possible.
Unless your film is unambiguously horror, comment in the bottom field as to what genre or sub-genre it belongs to and why you feel it may be suitable for the festival.
Note that we may consider films that are older than 2 years under special circumstances.”
Hirsute Girly Armpits Ahoy! [#geekgirl]
London-based photographer Ben Hopper recruited dozens of models and actresses to grow out their body hair for the Natural Beauty series, with the aim of proving that women don’t need to conform to society’s expectations in order to be attractive.
‘The whole point is contrast between fashionable female beauty and the raw unconventional look of female armpit hair,’ the Israeli-born photographer told the Huffington Post.”
“I Like Being 98″ [#geekgirl] [#wonderful]
“…remember #flaws are ok :-)” [#geekgirl]
i find this curious – two photos from today, one edited so my skin is perfect and one real. remember flaws are ok pic.twitter.com/PuRhxt2u2O
— Lorde (@lordemusic) March 31, 2014
Corinne Grant Does A Burn-A-McBurn-Burn [#geekgirl]
[From Corinne Grant's blog] “Dear ‘Nick’,
You have been adding comments to a number of my articles of late, claiming that I should be dismissed as a professional opinion writer because I am a ‘celebrity mummy blogger’. I suspect this is an important issue to you and there are probably a great number of other female writers who irritate you just as much.
Anyway, I just wanted to congratulate you for finally pointing out the elephant in the room.
What would someone who has worked in television and has the ability to bear children know about politics, or anything at all for that matter? It does seem to be quite a leap of logic to think that a woman who has worked as a performer for 20 years could possess even the slightest level of intelligence.
As for the work I’ve undertaken as an MC and interviewer for countless functions for corporate, legal, academic, arts and human rights outfits which require the specialist skills I’ve developed – maybe that wasn’t me up there.
I am either thinking of someone else or suffering from false memory syndrome.
The claim that I know stuff is further undermined by the fact that, when I was first offered a job on TV, I had to undergo neurosurgery to remove everything except my brain stem before they’d put me in front of the camera. (There really should be an investigation into that. They do it to all the lady television people. I’d write the story myself, but as I no longer have a left or right hemisphere, the task is beyond me.)
The scariest thing of all is that I know heaps of other women who are claiming (obviously falsely) to have all manner of skills, experience and tertiary qualifications.
They keep insisting that they not only have a right to an opinion, but that their opinion is intelligent and informed…”