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on impostor syndrome

"And it has become increasingly clear that one of the greatest sources of untruth in my life is my estimate of my own capabilities. "

"What if instead I chose to feel as capable and confident as I rationally should?"
geekfeminism 
5 weeks ago by brainwane
No more rock stars: how to stop abuse in tech communities – hypatia dot ca
Identifies rock stars as the problem, but also provides a list of measures for organizations to prevent them.
community  abuse  leadership  harassment  management  geekfeminism  via:ciphertext 
6 weeks ago by npdoty
Your company's Slack is probably sexist
<li>“Does gender influence our office’s electronic communications? When I began asking my colleagues, nearly every woman said yes. Overwhelmingly, men said no."
<li>'‘Both the men and women she surveyed agreed that the debate was contentious, but they reacted to that contentiousness differently. Men would say things like, “Well, it was kind of aggressive, but as long as the slings and arrows weren’t aimed at me, it was fine,” or “This is just the way online conversation goes.” Some men said it was “kind of fun to go at each other’s throats,” or they brushed it off: “This is nothing; you should see the philosophy list.”

Nearly all the women, however, showed an aversion to the tenor of the debate. Common responses included things like: “The contentiousness made me not want to participate in discussion,” or “It made me want to drop off list all together.” Some went so far as, “People who speak like this are not good people,” and “This debate made me want to not be linguist.”'
<li>“Already as toddlers, the idea that girls should take others’ feelings and desires into consideration before speaking or acting has formed,” says Herring. “And for boys, conflict isn’t just okay, it’s encouraged.” 
<li>‘What’s more, Herring found, men posted messages that were sometimes 20 screens long, never apologizing for consuming others’ time—while women always apologized for long messages.’
<li>‘…language and discourse conventions are created and enforced by men, for men’s advantage; so when women participate in public discourse, it’s almost as if they’re learning or adapting to a foreign language.’
<li>‘Men also tend to dominate public channels, she says, often responding to others’ posts with declarative statements and dropping in links with no context.’
<li>‘With microaggressions, there rarely is a smoking gun. But over time, these aggregate power displays can wear down women and minorities, leading us to question whether it’s worth sharing our thoughts at all.’
online-discourse  work  tech-culture  tech-industry  gender  geekfeminism 
6 weeks ago by mappings
how to be an ally in tech
You now understand that this is true of every woman you work with. Every woman you work with is there, at the table, despite being told hundreds of times:
<ul>
<li>you are no good
<li>you do not belong
<li>get out.
</ul>
Another thing you need to understand before I tell this story:
After being beaten down so many hundreds of times, I cannot tell the difference between a sexist comment made:
<ul>
<li>with mal intent
<li>due to subconscious bias
<li>or because the person just misspoke
</ul>
There is no difference in how it affects me. At this point, it is just one long drone of <i>you are no good.</i>
women-in-tech  tech-culture  tech-industry  geekfeminism  from twitter_favs
6 weeks ago by mappings
Not a "Good Guy" - Anil Dash
It really does feel wonderful to have someone you've never met take the time to say that I model "a lot of positive ally behaviors"! I am thankful for the great many kindnesses I encounter in trying to help out. But I want to make clear to the people I'm lucky enough to connect to that I didn't, and still don't, have any idea what the hell I'm doing. I'm not (yet!) good at it. It's just that the work of fixing this industry, of making it as good as we all deserve, is such an enormous project that we've got room for those of us who screw it up and stumble around and sometimes, despite that, make progress.

The next time you hear someone is "one of the good ones", be skeptical. Don't believe it. Because the truth is, we're all that good. Especially when we help each other get better.
geekfeminism  activism  allies  anildash  politics  tech  racism  disablism  classism 
october 2017 by jesse_the_k
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“I’m a woman in Silicon Valley,” she said. “Do you think someone would have handed me the keys to a start-up that wasn’t beleaguered?”
tech-culture  tech-industry  geekfeminism  misogyny 
september 2017 by mappings

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