Posts tagged sexism

Diverse hires are often treated as though they should consider themselves lucky to be hired, even when they have the same (or better) skills than the people they beat out during the hiring process. Being told that you were hired simply because of what you brought to the table demographically isn’t good for morale, and it doesn’t speak well to a company-wide commitment to change culture.
The worst part is that this is a self-fulfilling prophecy: If men make an assumption that women aren’t great at tech, then those men won’t help mentor women. Women will then start believing they aren’t great at tech or feel alienated from the community. As a result, there will be no women in tech, which just perpetuates the stereotype and the cycle.

Last year, soon after I’d moved into a co-working space, I was working on yet another Saturday afternoon. A fellow founder in the space — a male, early forties — started chatting with me. He’d just started working on his own startup, and had a question.

“I see you in here every day working late, and on the weekends. I’m building out my own team and was just wondering how he keeps you motivated to work so hard?”

“What do you mean?” I asked. I was thoroughly confused. “Its my own startup. Of course I’m motivated.”

“Ohhh,” his voiced trailed off. “I just thought… well, I just assumed he was the founder.” The guy pointed at Marcin’s desk. Marcin just happened to be the only male on the team who worked in that office.

Chuck Palahniuk’s confused gender politics are stranger than fiction

"That fact that Fight Club is being taught seems—to me—to underscore the dearth of novels that explore male issues. The past years have given us so many books, from The Color Purple to The Joy Luck Club to How to Make an American Quilt, which depict women in groups and relationship, but almost no books depicting social models for men.”

Thank you, Chuck, for standing up for male writers, a desperately marginalized group.”

Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk's Tumblr Q&A meant to promote his new book goes awry.

It’s time for a female-led Marvel movie
Frozen, Maleficent, and Lucy are proving that women come to see movies that focus on women. Who could have known?
But for now, some Hollywood executives would rather lose money chasing a demographic that’s fleeing theaters than pay attention to the female butts that are currently filling their seats.

It’s time for a female-led Marvel movie

FrozenMaleficent, and Lucy are proving that women come to see movies that focus on women. Who could have known?

But for now, some Hollywood executives would rather lose money chasing a demographic that’s fleeing theaters than pay attention to the female butts that are currently filling their seats.

Is the most famous porn movie of all time actually revenge porn?
Object, a UK feminist organization which calls itself a “human rights organisation specifically set up to challenge the sexual objectification of women,” is lobbying Amazon to remove Deep Throat and memorabilia featuring its star, Linda Lovelace (nee Boreman).
Because Lovelace later disavowed her association with the film, claiming her performance was non-consensual, Object is arguing that Deep Throat falls under the category of “revenge porn.”
[READ MORE]

Is the most famous porn movie of all time actually revenge porn?

Object, a UK feminist organization which calls itself a “human rights organisation specifically set up to challenge the sexual objectification of women,” is lobbying Amazon to remove Deep Throat and memorabilia featuring its star, Linda Lovelace (nee Boreman).

Because Lovelace later disavowed her association with the film, claiming her performance was non-consensual, Object is arguing that Deep Throat falls under the category of “revenge porn.”

[READ MORE]

fastcompany:

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.
Read More>

fastcompany:

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.

Read More>

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.

[READ MORE]