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Why Brit Ruby 2013 was cancelled and why this is not ok — Gist
As Joseph Reagle said in his blog on the topic, "[G]iven that controversy frightens sponsors and distracts from organizing a good conference, I think it is increasingly likely that organizers will have to give some thought to speaker diversity from the start -- just as many now do with anti-harassment policies."
geekfeminism  women  conferences  ruby  geekculture 
november 2012 by pfctdayelise
Let’s Get Louder
Pythonistas pledging to only support conferences that publicly promote an anti-harassment and anti-discrimination code of conduct policy.
geekculture  conferences  geekfeminism  python 
july 2012 by pfctdayelise
WOTL.26.08.11.mp3 (audio/mpeg Object)
Women & Superhero Comics
Producer: Elanor McInerney
Broadcast: 26 August 2011

We hear Karen Healey's keynote address to a recent conference at Monash University, Tights and Tiaras: Female Superheroes and Media Cultures. Karen Healey is an author of young adult fiction, and wrote the feminist comics blog, Girls Read Comics (And They're Pissed).

Women read many varieties of comics and form a large part of the audience for science fiction and fantasy films and books. But superhero comics like those produced by DC and Marvel have a great gender disparity in their readership. Karen Healey takes us through some of the feminist criticisms leveled at superhero comics and their depictions of female characters, how these criticisms are received by superhero comic fans and publishers, and the spaces women have created to foster a passion for comics.
geekfeminism  3CR  women  geekculture 
september 2011 by pfctdayelise
Mozilla Summit 2010 and dev culture « proficient digresser
Never has this been more apparent to me than at the 2010 Mozilla Summit. I couldn’t help but notice that every session I visited, every reception I attended, and every conversation I had was dominated by male hacker stereotypes. The game room was full of obscure board games, first person shooters, caffeine and candy. Group conversations inevitably drifted towards the finer details of an API or a technical discussion of the merits of one platform or another. I had many short-lived and terse conversations with shy and introverted but incredibly proud geeks like myself.

It’s not that there’s anything wrong with the typical Mozillian—it’s that Mozillians are such a surprisingly typical group. It didn’t matter what country I came from, whether I was speaking to a man or a woman, or whether the contributor was a developer, tester, localizer or other form of contributor, there was a somewhat shocking homogeneity to the personalities and value systems of the people I met.
geekfeminism  geekculture 
september 2010 by pfctdayelise

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