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When Black Women Go From Office Pet to Office Threat
After another 12 months of being underutilized, I decided to look for a new opportunity to get the litigation opportunities I had been missing out on. The process of giving notice and the conversations that unfolded during my final two weeks were miserable. There was a general attitude from my employer that I was ungrateful and wrong to complain about my lack of advancement. I didn’t know it at the time, but I had likely been the victim of a workplace phenomenon known as “pet to threat.” This happens when women, typically Black women, are embraced and groomed by organizations until they start demonstrating high levels of confidence and excel in their role, a transition that may be perceived as threatening by employers.
4 weeks ago by copystar
doi:10.1016/j.obhdp.2006.09.001 - bowles.pdf
Social incentives for gender diVerences in the propensity to initiate negotiations: Sometimes it does hurt to ask
6 weeks ago by copystar
Feminist Data Manifest-No
1. We refuse to operate under the assumption that risk and harm associated with data practices can be bounded to mean the same thing for everyone, everywhere, at every time. We commit to acknowledging how historical and systemic patterns of violence and exploitation produce differential vulnerabilities for communities.

2. We refuse to be disciplined by data, devices, and practices that seek to shape and normalize racialized, gendered, and differently-abled bodies in ways that make us available to be tracked, monitored, and surveilled. We commit to taking back control over the ways we behave, live, and engage with data and its technologies.
9 weeks ago by copystar
Who's the One Left Saying Sorry? Gender/tech/librarianship – Ruth Kitchin Tillman
This is one I expect to need permanently bookmarked, unfortunately.

Overpromising is a pattern I’ve come to recognize in library technology and, indeed, in other areas. In encountering this article, I was struck by another question…

How many women1 in libtech (and libraries generally) underestimate their own abilities because their work consists of following up on one of these overpromises and having to apologize over and over for not being able to deliver?

How does a woman feel about her skills, capacity, self, and accomplishments, if her work consists of cashing or voiding checks someone else wrote?2
feminisms  technology  notebene 
november 2019 by copystar
Four short links: 12 August 2019 - O'Reilly Media
Apparent Gender-Based Discrimination in the Display of STEM Career Ads -- women disproportionately click on job ads, so bidding algorithms charge more to advertisers to show to women, so men see more job ads. (via Ethan Molick)
august 2019 by copystar
Laboria Cuboniks | Xenofeminism
Is xenofeminism a programme? Not if this means anything so crude as a recipe, or a single-purpose tool by which a determinate problem is solved. We prefer to think like the schemer or lisper, who seeks to construct a new language in which the problem at hand is immersed, so that solutions for it, and for any number of related problems, might unfurl with ease. Xenofeminism is a platform, an incipient ambition to construct a new language for sexual politics–a language that seizes its own methods as materials to be reworked, and incrementally bootstraps itself into existence. We understand that the problems we face are systemic and interlocking, and that any chance of global success depends on infecting myriad skills and contexts with the logic of XF. Ours is a transformation of seeping, directed subsumption rather than rapid overthrow; it is a transformation of deliberate construction, seeking to submerge the white-supremacist capitalist patriarchy in a sea of procedures that soften its shell and dismantle its defenses, so as to build a new world from the scraps. see 48
may 2019 by copystar
welcome to the card catacombs — nonasuch: elfwreck: jewishramonaflowers: ...
“She’s the sensible one” always means she should operate the brakes, not the steering wheel. And fuck that.
may 2019 by copystar
taking note of how quickly men calm down after you bend to their will is life-changing because you realize they were never really out of control, they were never really as angry and affected as they appeared. they just knew how to act out aggresssively enough to make you believe it was your fault that they lost their senses.

in 2019 we start recognizing men’s manipulation tactics and start living for ourselves!
february 2019 by copystar
University of Toronto Blames Ford Government For Holding Up Data on Campus Sexual Assaults
january 2019 by copystar
What It’s Like to Be a Woman in the Academy - The Chronicle of Higher Education
The historian Joan Wallach Scott once warned that scholars couldn't insert gender into their research as though adding a new room on a house already built; they'd have to begin again from the bottom. If the university is to commit itself to gender equality, if it really wants to redistribute power, then everything must change, from the broadest policies to the smallest habits. Traditions will have to be broken; the past will no longer be perfectly reproduced. Working from a new blueprint can mean challenge and error, but it can produce unexpected success. I have no idea what the new university will look like, but I'm eager to see it take shape.
april 2018 by copystar
Women & Power | A Working Library
Mary Beard on gender and power:

You cannot easily fit women into a structure that is coded as male; you have to change the structure. That means thinking about power differently. It means decoupling it from public prestige. It means thinking collaboratively about the power of followers not just leaders. It means, above all, thinking of power as an attribute or even a verb (“to power”) not as a possession. What I have in mind is an ability to be effective, to make a difference in the world, and the right to be taken seriously, together as much as individually.
january 2018 by copystar
Adactio: Journal—Intolerable
See how it is glibly passed off as though it were some slight disagreement, like which flavour of ice cream is best? “Well, we’ll agree to disagree about half the population being biologically unsuitable for this kind of work.” And then that’s followed by what is genuinely—in good faith—intended as a compliment. But the juxtaposition of the two results in the message “Hey, you’re really good …for a woman.”

That’s what I find so teeth-grindingly frustrating about all this. I don’t think that guy is a troll. If he were, I could just block and move on. He genuinely thinks he’s a good person who cares about objective truth. He has been played.
august 2017 by copystar
Coraline Ada Ehmke: Antisocial Coding: My Year at GitHub
However, it soon became apparent that this promising start would not last for long. For my first few pull requests, I was getting feedback from literally dozens of engineers (all of whom were male) on other teams, nitpicking the code I had written. One PR actually had over 200 comments from 24 different individuals.
july 2017 by copystar
Steinem is not a theorist
“Steinem is not a theorist, or even much interested in theory. “Feminist theory came from feminist activism—it wasn’t the other way around,” she said. “I accept that important theorists like Judith Butler may arrive at enlightening conclusions, but theory can be exclusionary, and that’s not my path. My path is to open the door to this house, to get out of the world I know, and to experience new worlds, new voices. It’s making connections, and using myself to listen, because you can’t empower women without listening to their stories.”
feminisms  notebene 
june 2017 by copystar
Grayson Perry's 'The Descent of Man' Captures the Tragedy of Masculinity - The Atlantic
'The Descent of Man' is a powerful treatise on the failings of masculinity, @sophieGG writes
june 2017 by copystar
The Trouble With Bright Girls | Psychology Today
Researchers have uncovered the reason for this difference in how difficulty is interpreted, and it is simply this: more often than not, bright girls believe that their abilities are innate and unchangeable, while bright boys believe that they can develop ability through effort and practice.

How do girls and boys develop these different views? Most likely, it has to do with the kinds of feedback we get from parents and teachers as young children. Girls, who develop self-control earlier and are better able to follow instructions, are often praised for their "goodness." When we do well in school, we are told that we are "so smart," "so clever, " or " such a good student." This kind of praise implies that traits like smartness, cleverness, and goodness are qualities you either have or you don't.
may 2017 by copystar
Feminist Epistemology and Philosophy of Science - Power | Heidi E. Grasswick | Springer
This collection brings together exciting new works that address today’s key challenges for a feminist power-sensitive approach to knowledge and scientific practice. Taking up such issues as the role of contextualism in epistemology, democracy and dissent in knowledge practices, and epistemic agency under conditions of oppression, the essays build upon well-established work in feminist epistemology and philosophy of science such as standpoint theory and contextual empiricism, offering new interpretations and applications. Many contributions capture the current engagement of feminist epistemologists with the insights and programs of nonfeminist epistemologists, while others focus on the intersections between feminist epistemology and other fields of feminist inquiry such as feminist ethics and metaphysics.

An important resource both for students and scholars of feminist epistemology and philosophy of science, with sections of interest to social epistemologists and philosophers of science more generally, this collection represents the broad array of the feminist epistemological work now being done, and the many ways in which feminists incorporate power dynamics into their analyses. It clearly represents both the breadth and the depth of this now well-developed area of feminist scholarship.
may 2017 by copystar
This is totally babies, False Equivalence
"Welcome to the background radiation of my life"
may 2017 by copystar
The Handmaid’s Tale Is a Warning to Conservative Women | New Republic
But The Handmaid’s Tale does more than present a possible future: It asks us to consider how we’d end up there. A form of feminism that celebrates power for power’s sake, instead of interrogating how it is concentrated and distributed, will usher us into fascism. Feminism means something. Some choices oppress the women who make them, and some beliefs, if enforced, would oppress everyone else, too. Allow an antichoice woman to call herself a feminist, and you have ceded political territory that you cannot afford to lose. Stripped of political meaning, “feminist” becomes an entirely subjective term that anyone with any agenda can use.
feminisms  notebene 
april 2017 by copystar
Dear Microsoft: absolutely not. | monica byrne
RT @AnaMardoll: This perfectly encapsulates all my issues with telling girls to "Stay in STEM".
april 2017 by copystar
Emotional Labor - The MetaFilter Thread Condensed.pdf - Google Drive
This condensed metafilter thread on emotional labor and men is pretty amazing internet consciousness-raising:
feminisms  from twitter_favs
march 2017 by copystar
WMHA president’s demeaning remarks example of need for cultural shift | Windsor Star
Lydia Fiorini, executive director of Windsor's Sexual Assault Crisis Centre, is spot-on in her response to the WMHA:
january 2017 by copystar
Windsor women join March on Washington for Trump's inauguration - Windsor - CBC News
Windsor women join Washington rally for Trump's inauguration @copystar
me  feminisms 
january 2017 by copystar
Science blogging scandal: Bora Zivkovic and sexual harassment.
Before this week, the word I often heard people use to describe Zivkovic was mentor. And the mentor-mentee relationship is one of the most fraught of adulthood. We glibly advise people starting out in business to find a mentor, to identify a successful, established, generous person in your field and somehow get her to help you become her.

This is terrible advice. It perpetuates old-boy networks, wastes time that early career people could spend actually doing their work, and tells them they are only as good as their contacts and charm. Young people, don’t look for a mentor. Listen to and learn from people who have more experience, but don’t hitch your wagon to their star. Just do your job well.
january 2017 by copystar
Unless You’re Oprah, ‘Be Yourself’ Is Terrible Advice. - The New York Times
Interestingly, women are more likely to be low self-monitors than men, perhaps because women face stronger cultural pressures to express their feelings. Sadly, that puts them at risk for being judged weak or unprofessional. When Cynthia Danaher was promoted to general manager of a group at Hewlett-Packard, she announced to her 5,300 employees that the job was “scary” and that “I need your help.” She was authentic, and her team lost confidence in her initially. Some researchers even suggest that low self-monitoring may have harmful effects on women’s progress.
december 2016 by copystar
Epistemological Pluralism and the Revaluation of the Concrete
The concerns that fuel the discussion of women and computers are best served by talking about more than women and more than computers. Women's access to science and engineering has historically been blocked by prejudice and discrimination. Here we address sources of exclusion determined not by rules that keep women out, but by ways of thinking that make them reluctant to join in. Our central thesis is that equal access to even the most basic elements of computation requires an epistemological pluralism, accepting the validity of multiple ways of knowing and thinking.
december 2016 by copystar
Sapna Cheryan
Your periodic reminder that celebrating geek stereotypes diminishes the appeal of computing science & tech to women
feminisms  from twitter
october 2016 by copystar
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