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Because its editors are mostly male, an open-source map that provides data to companies like Foursquare and Craigslist may contain more strip clubs than day care centers.
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Because its editors are mostly male, an open-source map that provides data to companies like Foursquare and Craigslist may contain more strip clubs than day care centers.

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When it comes to "adult content," Game of Thrones should look to Penny Dreadful for guidance.

The main excuse given by the IeSF seems to be that women are segregated in order to better promote women’s esports, giving women opportunities to compete without being dominated by higher numbers of male competitors.

If this reasoning were sincere, we’d be seeing women’s tournaments given the same coverage and support as men’s events. The Hearthstone World Championship, to be held at Blizzcon in November, boasts $250,000 in prize money. The Starcraft World Championship Series offers up $100,000 for first place alone (and, of course, also uses male pronouns as default throughout its site). Esports are serious business, not chump change, and relegating women to separate brackets on the sidelines under the guise of supporting them sends a very clear message about how seriously the IeSF takes female competitors.
Narelle Battersby’s epic smackdown on the Hearthstone bullshit: “When it comes to women in esports, separate is not equal

The truth about tech's sexism problem is even worse than you think

That the tech industry is sexist is no surprise: One need only peruse the extensive timeline of incidents at Geek Feminism for an illustration.

But every now and then, it’s especially sexist, like Sexist Superman exploded out of the underoos of the latest set of khaki-clad dudebros—as in the case of Tinder, where co-founder and former marketing vice president Whitney Wolfe is suing the company for sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and defamation.


What the box-office win for 'The Fault in Our Stars' means for Hollywood

The Fault In Our Stars beat Edge of Tomorrow at the box office this weekend, bringing in $48.2 million across North America.

Translated into layman’s terms, that means a low-budget teen movie about cancer patients was more successful than a blockbuster action movie helmed by Tom Cruise. And Edge of Tomorrow wasn’t even a flop. By and large, it had surprisingly excellent reviews.

The success of TFIOS hopefully marks a tipping point in the way Hollywood caters to young, female audiences. Recent movies that did well with female leads (The Hunger Games, Divergent) were also marketed with an overall tone of, “Hey, we know this has a female lead, but boys can totally enjoy it too, don’t panic!”

TFIOS, on the other hand, cost $12 million to make, played to an 82 percent female audience, and required Shailene Woodley to wear a nasal cannula throughout.


The Telegraph gives her the inaccurate but far more positive rating of “the most (the first?) complex female role in the Avengers franchise to date.”
Apparently he failed to notice Pepper Potts (40-year-old tech company CEO), the four central female characters of the Thor movies, Peggy Carter (World War II intelligence agent), Maria Hill (deputy director of an international spy agency), and half the main cast of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
This article throws so much shade at male reviewers and it is glorious (via inkdeaeth)

Steven Moffat's life is unbearable bc you want a woman to be the next Doctor

Apart from the enormous pile of evidence suggesting that Moffat would be the least-qualified showrunner in history to write a female Doctor, he seems to think it’s a matter of pride at this point to continue to uphold the bland, boring, white dude status quo. As he defensively told the audience:

"I don’t know why I’m the one who gets the grief for this. I’m the one who put the dialogue into the show to say it can happen.

"Do you know how it will happen? It will not happen that somebody sits down and says we must turn the Doctor into a woman. That is not how you cast the Doctor.

"A person will pop into the showrunner’s head and they’ll think. ‘Oh, my God, what if it was that person?’ And when that person is a woman, that’s the day it will happen."

It seems far from likely that such a person will pop into Moffat’s head. This is, after all, the same showrunner who has never hired a single female screenwriter during his reign over Doctor Who, and has only ever hired a grand total of two female directors. Hiring women just isn’t at the top of Moffat’s priority list.


'Dark Knight'/'Man of Steel' writer dismisses She-Hulk as a 'porn star', insults comicbook fans.

Man of Steel writer David S. Goyer has some unexpectedly terrible ideas about how to appeal to his audience. For example, joking that comics fans are nerds who never get laid.

In the same podcast, Goyer went on to discuss Marvel’s She-Hulk, saying, “[She] was created by a man, right? And at the time I think 95% of comic book readers were men and certainly almost all of the comic book writers were men.”

"Most of the people reading comic books were these people like me… little kids getting the shit kicked out of them every day. I think She-Hulk is the chick that you could fuck if you were Hulk, you know what I’m saying? She-Hulk was the extension of the male power fantasy. So it’s like if I’m going to be this geek who becomes the Hulk, then let’s create a giant green porn star that only the Hulk could fuck.”

She-Hulk was indeed created by male writers, but that was in 1980, when an awful lot more than 5% of readers were women. In fact, there has probably never been a time when Marvel’s gender divide was so extreme.

Goyer’s comments are reminiscent of Star Trek writers J.J. Abrams and Roberto Orci. In the past, Orci visited Star Trek message boards to mock and pick fights with fans, while Abrams has the odd habit of repeatedly telling people that he was never a fan of Star Trek.

This defensive attitude has a lot in common with Goyer’s desire to remind everyone that he was a skinny nerd who got bullied at school, while simultaneously making fun of nerds himself. It comes across as a kind of self-conscious superiority.


Like Jennifer Connelly in The Hulk, Olson is merely The Woman Who Cries, her face acting as a register for audience emotion. Despite Olsen’s clear skill at conveying shock and horror (what one might call “actual acting”), Godzilla never gets around to suggesting that she’s more than a narrative prop, a footnote in the story of some boring white guy.

But even when women are allowed to save the world, they’re still something of a side character and a curiosity, rather than an actual lead. Rinko Kikuchi became an audience favorite for her role in Pacific Rim as the tortured Mako Mori, a brilliant trainee fighting personal demons. The character’s inner turmoil, as seen in flashback, offers the film’s most powerful scenes, as she struggles with the memory of losing her family. There’s no reason that she (or Idris Elba’s Stacker) shouldn’t be the center of the film, except that this isn’t the way things work.

Why fans have high hopes (but low expectations) for 'Supernatural'

In Supernatural's reality, geeks are losers unless the thing they’re being nerdy about, like Charlie's gaming, Sam's research, or Dean's cars, is sanctioned by male culture. And since geek culture is also a natural home for alternative gender and sexual identities, when SPN shames the former, it's implicitly shaming the latter. 

The result is a snake eternally eating its own tail. SPN builds its homoerotic subtext into the narrative, using traditionally romantic plot tropes to advance its brotherly bonds…

GIF via kindly-hers

…then lays waste to that subtext by turning queer male sexuality into an awkward punchline.

GIF via supernatural-crowley-kingofhell

When fandom responds sincerely to that subtext, the show lashes out with derision and amusement at their geeky audience for thinking their show is anything but a straight dudebro fest. When Supernatural kills off its women, fandom responds by celebrating them and making as much noise about it as possible, in hopes that the creative team will move the narrative along a progressive trajectory.