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10 years of Take Back the Tech! | GenderIT.org (Nov. 2016)
Online VAW or TRVAW (technology related violence against women) is being taken seriously for how it effects women and their well being, how it is patriarchal and wilful suppression of the voices of women, and actively contributes to a culture of silencing and censorship.
women  misogyny  harassment  censorship  socialchange 
december 2017 by rachaelsullivan
A history of the American anti-feminism behind Clinton’s defeat | History News Network
his victory over a female candidate in a battle fought and won with apparent contempt for women’s rights makes a curious kind of sense if we read it as just the latest manifestation of a misogynist and anti-feminist line in American cultural life, stretching back to the 1940s and beyond. ... For Wylie, women in political life are “crooked” by definition, and part of a national slide into “moral degeneration, civic corruption, smuggling, bribery, theft, murder, homosexuality, drunkenness, financial depression, chaos and war”.
history  feminism  women  misogyny  politics  election 
december 2017 by rachaelsullivan
Black Women in the 2016 Election - Reasons the Democrats Lost the 2016 Election
Only a refusal to take black women seriously could have lead to the ignoring of black women as we were ignored in this cycle. Hillary needed little black girls in box braids and Afro puffs to light up when she walked in the room. She needed their moms to brave November winds, to overcome voter ID laws, to push past apathy, to get excited and be "with her." She needed them to believe she represents the futures of their own black daughters and sons. And there was no particular reason for black women to believe this.
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The wisdom of black women is rarely seen beyond pancake boxes and white-girl coming-of-age novels. It is not taken seriously as political information that might guide our understanding of election outcomes.
race  women  election 
november 2016 by rachaelsullivan
How Trolls Are Ruining the Internet | TIME (aug 2016)
When sites are overrun by trolls, they drown out the voices of women, ethnic and religious minorities, gays–anyone who might feel vulnerable. Young people in these groups assume trolling is a normal part of life online and therefore self-censor. An anonymous poll of the writers at TIME found that 80% had avoided discussing a particular topic because they feared the online response.
trolling  internet  women  violence 
august 2016 by rachaelsullivan
Interview With Julie Ann Horvath by Julie Ann Horvath | Model View Culture
Yeah, feeling that I deserve to be here. I started going and giving talks, I was posting a lot internally, but it’s funny because when I do that as a woman it’s construed as self promotion, it’s being cocky or having an ego. But when men around me are doing that, it’s normal or what they are supposed to do. /// 2015
women  techindustry  interview  sexism 
june 2016 by rachaelsullivan
@gildedspine talks about the the co-opting of #YesAllWomen
@gildedspine, creator of the hashtag, speaks up about #YesAllWomen, her departure/erasure, and the co-opting of the message.
women  twitter  hashtag  activism  audience 
may 2016 by rachaelsullivan
How Literature Became Word Perfect | New Republic
The invention of the word processor may have changed literary composition for the Updikes of the world, but it also facilitated the destruction of an essential genre of work usually done by women: secretarial labor. 
wordprocessing  kirschenbaum  literature  writingmachines  writingprocess  labor  women  typewriter  automation 
may 2016 by rachaelsullivan
How social media is destroying the lives of teen girls | New York Post
“I spoke to girls who said, ‘social media is destroying our lives,’ ” Sales says. “ ‘But we can’t go off it, because then we’d have no life.’ There’s this whole perception that [teenage girls] love social media, but in many ways they hate it. But they don’t stop, because that’s where teen culture is happening.”
girls  socialmedia  instagram  facebook  women  moralcrisis  youth  addiction 
may 2016 by rachaelsullivan
Caroline Criado-Perez's speech on cyber-harassment at the Women's Aid conference
The internet is without doubt an enabler of misogyny – but it’s also an enabler of other voices. Women’s voices. Women are using the internet in ways that give them a platform like nothing has before.
women  socialmedia  misogyny  sexualviolence  harassment  gendertrolling  trolling  twitter 
may 2016 by rachaelsullivan
White men dominate Silicon Valley not by accident, but by design — Quartz
Too often, discussions about women in tech frame suggest that it’s necessary to inject diversity into an industry that has been successful without it. Attempts to close the gender gap might be more successful if they acknowledged that women have been involved in the field all along. “Unlocking the clubhouse” seems a lot less radical when it didn’t start out as “no girls allowed” to begin with. As Gloria Steinem once said: ‪”Women have always been an equal part of the past. We just haven’t been a part of history.” Women of color have been particularly subject to such erasures, and have faced even more limitations in hiring—including in the tech sector.
women  computing_history  brogrammers  diversity  code-debate  race  techindustry 
may 2016 by rachaelsullivan
Using social media for the prevention of violence against women: Lessons learned from social media communication campaigns to prevent violence against women in India, China and Viet Nam | Partners4Prevention
This publication seeks to offer an understanding of how to use social media as a tool that is part of an overall communication strategy on violence against women, and provides insights into how these tools fit into the wider spectrum of work to address violence against women.
women  socialmedia  marketing  strategy  violence 
may 2016 by rachaelsullivan
Ep. 26: Online Harassment w/ Julie DiCaro & Andrea Hangst by Just Not Sports | Free Listening on SoundCloud
Many women who cover sports are harassed online. For some it's sporadic, and for others it's a daily issue. We talk to columnist/broadcaster JULIE DICARO and NFL writer ANDREA HANGST about how they handle online abuse, the perils of self-censorship, and a new video project #MoreThanMean which we made to educate guys that some tweets are more than mean - they're harassment. And they needs to stop.
harassment  women  twitter  trolling 
april 2016 by rachaelsullivan
Women and Children Last: The Discursive Construction of Weblogs -- Susan C. Herring
Women and young people are key actors in the history and present use of weblogs, yet that reality is masked by public discourses about blogging that privilege the activities of a subset of adult male bloggers.
blogging  gender  women  web2.0  1990s 
january 2016 by rachaelsullivan
Let’s call ‘trolling’ what it really is
But what the trolls were doing—reveling in racism and misogyny, exploiting tragedy for their own amusement, and generally policing against what assistant professor Ryan Milner describes as a “white male centrality,” the presumption that whiteness and maleness is the norm from which everything else necessarily deviates—were often simply more extreme versions of things people who aren’t trolls unthinkingly do all the time.
harassment  trolling  women  internet-culture  4chan 
january 2016 by rachaelsullivan
The Careless Language Of Sexual Violence - The Rumpus.net
we also live in a time that necessitates the phrase “rape culture.” This phrase denotes a culture where we are inundated, in different ways, by the idea that male aggression and violence toward women is acceptable and often inevitable.
rape  women  sexualviolence  television  representation  language 
november 2015 by rachaelsullivan
SELFIE — Matter — Medium
Seen this way, self-regard is nothing to be ashamed of; it is merely a survival tactic. And selfies are an instrument in this survival, tiny rages against the dying of the light (or the iPhone battery, whichever comes first).
self  selfpresentation  photography  selfie  women  socialmedia 
november 2015 by rachaelsullivan
The #TwitterEthics Manifesto by Dorothy Kim & Eunsong Kim | Model View Culture
A different way to think about the subject/object is to look at the work of Karen Barad who flattens the subject-object hierarchy from a vertical top to bottom relation to one that is horizontal and ever shifting, such as Meeting the Universe Halfway. Her theories of entanglements especially in relation to gendered computer programming reimagine subject/object relationships in a distributive platform system.
ethics  twitter  women  race  feminism  labor  barad 
october 2015 by rachaelsullivan
What Are We Celebrating?: What Everyone Should Know About Intersectionality and History
It was a weird feeling; I saw brown faces but the history behind those faces were being erased.
women  facebook  blackness  memes 
september 2015 by rachaelsullivan
What Is Eco-Feminism?
it’s not a coincidence that low-income women of color are disproportionately burdened by toxic chemicals through their jobs, and the eco-feminist lens helps illuminate this reality.
racism  environment  feminism  labor  women 
august 2015 by rachaelsullivan
Why Is It That Women Are Seen As Less Competent? - Forbes (4/2011)
One assumption is that women are first assumed incompetent until proven otherwise. It’s the opposite for men. So right from the start women are not perceived as leaders. If a woman is successful it’s because she’s a hard worker (recent headline: “How BofA’s Sallie Krawcheck Outworked Her Peers”), or was lucky; if she fails it’s because she’s incompetent.
women  gender  sexism  techindustry 
august 2015 by rachaelsullivan
Former Reddit CEO Ellen Pao: The trolls are winning the battle for the Internet - The Washington Post
The Internet started as a bastion for free expression. It encouraged broad engagement and a diversity of ideas. Over time, however, that openness has enabled the harassment of people for their views, experiences, appearances or demographic backgrounds. Balancing free expression with privacy and the protection of participants has always been a challenge for open-content platforms on the Internet. But that balancing act is getting harder. The trolls are winning.
women  internet  trolling  reddit  cyberbullying  harassment 
august 2015 by rachaelsullivan
Young Woman as a Tech Entrepreneur | Information Technology | Latest on Apple Microsoft Social Media & Web
The aim is to educate young learners who aspire to do graphic designing and HTML coding. Ashley says that she wants to incorporate learning with fun to make it more effective and productive. The colorful layout of her website provides easy-to-understand tutorials for teens. Her goal was to give tech education to youngsters to help them learn and understand website programming better.
myspace  women  html  webmaking  webdesign  techindustry  competence 
may 2015 by rachaelsullivan
Pest Control Solutions for Women Publishers
blogging  trolling  women  feminism  violence 
may 2015 by rachaelsullivan
A story about Jessica and her computer. — Medium (2014, now deleted)
I want you to imagine someone for me. Her name is Jessica and she is 17 years old. She lives in a two-bedroom apartment with her mother and uses an old laptop she got from one of her mom’s ex-boyfriends. With it, she browses the portals that serve as her connection to the community constructed around attending the same high school. She is concerned with boys and love and the next rent payment, which keeps her and her mother in the apartment.

She doesn’t have the money for a new laptop, nor does she have the money to upgrade it, either. She wouldn’t even know how to do that anyway. She has other interests, like biology. She also worries about how she would pay for college, if she can keep her grades up enough to get a scholarship somehow.

The only person she knows in her whole life that’s good with computers is Josh from English class. She knows she needs an antivirus, so she asks him for help. He gives her an option that costs $50 a year, but he notices her sudden discomfort and kindly mentions an antivirus that’s free. When she goes home, she downloads and installs it. It took some effort, was a bit complicated and took a while to download, but there was now a reassuring new icon in the bottom right of her screen. The icon that says “Protected,” when she hovers her mouse over it.

Jessica hears on the news, all the time, about the databases of companies being hacked and photos of superstars being stolen. She heard on CNN you’re supposed to have a complex password with something special in it, like a dollar sign. As a result, she does… or at least on her Facebook account. She isn’t interested enough to find out how to change her other account passwords. That sounds too time consuming, and she is busy enough just trying to remember the abstract strings of equations in math class. She doesn’t want to remember another abstract string of numbers and letters for all her new passwords. Besides, she’s a teenager, whose brains aren’t very good at planning or compensating for risk yet.

She heard about something called a password manager, but she knows not to download things from the Internet. She doesn’t know what to trust. One time, she clicked the “Download Now” button for a program she heard about from the news, and it took her to a different website. She has no community to ask for advice regarding such things. Besides, she’s thinking about her date with Alex on Saturday. Jessica worries if he’s going to like her, once he gets to know her better, sitting together and talking one on one for the first time

Sometimes, she gets prompts to update software. But one time, she updated something called Java, and after clicking the blue E that gets her to Facebook, a new line of icons appeared. She doesn’t know for sure it was related, but she’s still a bit suspicious. However, the computer still works, and she doesn’t want to break anything trying to figure it out. She can’t afford to pay Geek Squad $200. It’s annoying, but her computer is still working. The next time something asks to update, she’ll say no. She doesn’t need any new features, especially ones that make her Facebook window smaller. And if they were important wouldn’t they just install automatically? Why would it even ask?

One day, Jessica gets an email that says it’s an eviction notice. It says it’s from “tennantcommunication@hud.gov”. She knows what HUD is based on the forms her mother fills out to help pay for the apartment. However, she heard about opening unknown files on the news, so she goes into detective mode. She types in hud.gov and it’s what she thinks it is. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. She browses the site… it doesn’t look like anyone in Russia wrote it, so she opens the file attached to the email. Adobe Reader opens, but the email plainly says that if the document is empty, there’s nothing to worry about. She tries to go to the next page, but there isn’t one. Oh well. She won’t mention it to her mother. She doesn’t want to worry her. It’s 7:40PM and she’s going out with friends.

What Jessica doesn’t know is the white light on her laptop, that started coming on that day, is the indicator for the built-in camera. She doesn’t even know it has a camera, but that camera started recording her. And the software controlling her camera also started recording the screen. It recorded everything… including when she was emailing the pictures she took for Alex, after she fell in love with him. At least, when she types in passwords, they always show up as black dots. Even if someone was behind her watching, they wouldn’t know the password. What she doesn’t know, is that her keyboard was being recorded, too. Nothing told her. Just like nothing told her the camera was on… or the microphone.

Once in awhile, she hovers her mouse over the antivirus icon. It says “Protected,” just like it always does. It must be right. It’s the software Josh recommended, after all.


What was Jessica’s sin in this story? Was it not educating herself on the benefits of Open Source philosophy and running Linux, software which is free? Was it not having friends or family that knew about computers, whom she could ask for advice? Was it not befriending Josh? Was it being someone who had other priorities in life? Was it not knowing that the companies providing her software updates also try to trick her into installing junkware, and she needs to uncheck “Install Ask Toolbar” every time? Was it stupidly not knowing the era that SMTP was designed in and that it doesn’t provide any authentication? Why didn’t she put tape over the webcam? Why didn’t she take apart the laptop to remove the microphone?

Maybe this isn’t her fault. Maybe computer security for the average person isn’t a series of easy steps and absolutes they discard from our golden mouths of wise truths in order to spite the nerd underclass.

Perhaps it’s the very design of General Purpose Computing. And who built this world of freedom, a world that has so well served 17-year-old Jessica? You did. We did.

So whose fault is it.
users  userfriendliness  youth  women  security  hacker-victims  teens  girls  competence  privacy  malware  opensource 
december 2014 by rachaelsullivan
Feminism's Twist Ending — The Message — Medium
contemporary feminism: "the ability to see those who are different as lovely and miraculous.”
"We need the feminism that is big enough to let everyone in. That feminism isn't new, in some ways it's an old form of feminism. It’s the ability to see those who are different as lovely and miraculous and in the end not so much stranger from you than you are from yourself."
feminism  women  difference  computing_history  haraway  whitman 
november 2014 by rachaelsullivan
The Ladies Vanish – The New Inquiry
It’s like magic, but it’s not magic. The magic is founded on grossly underpaid, casualized labor. Press a button and a human being is dispatched to do menial work. Press a button and an independent contractor, without the same rights and protections as an employee, springs into action. Amazon’s Mechanical Turk is merely the most literal and obvious manifestation of this trend. The actual magic trick is making the worker disappear. Who exactly are these disappearing workers? And if they are the same workers who historically have performed invisible, unappreciated work, what does it mean about the “innovation” of the app economy?
labor  google  amazon  digital-material  materiality  women  feminism 
november 2014 by rachaelsullivan
Houston Teenagers Turned A Photo Of A 16-Year-Old Girl's Alleged Sexual Assault Into A "Meme"
“There’s no point in hiding,” Jada told local reporters. “Everybody has already seen my face and my body, but that’s not what I am and who I am.”
women  internet-culture  sexualviolence  twitter  memes 
november 2014 by rachaelsullivan
An Open Letter to Future Women in Tech - Student Developer - Site Home - MSDN Blogs
The web was becoming an experience. Stories were being told. And I wanted to be a part of that. It was at this time that Flash 4 was out and people were creating these new experiences, a different type of narrative told in an immersive way. People started to play and I was drawn to that sandbox. I wanted to make experiences and I wanted to be able to make them myself, from start to finish.
code-debate  women  gender  microsoft  compsci  techindustry  brogrammers 
october 2014 by rachaelsullivan
A William Morris computer game | We Like | Design Week
“It’s also very important to me that families play games together, that games are designed for older people to engage with technology, and that girls and young women see game art, design and programming as real career options for them.”
games  gaming  women  code-debate  digitalliteracy  art 
october 2014 by rachaelsullivan
The Unsafety Net: How Social Media Turned Against Women - The Atlantic
If, as the communications philosopher Marshall McLuhan famously said, television brought the brutality of war into people’s living rooms, the Internet today is bringing violence against women out of it. Once largely hidden from view, this brutality is now being exposed in unprecedented ways.
women  sexualviolence  facebook  socialmedia  misogyny 
october 2014 by rachaelsullivan
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