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Programming in Pink: Why Feminizing Code Doesn’t Help Women
Feminism / Internet / Technology

Programming in Pink: Why Feminizing Code Doesn’t Help Women

You don’t really need fancy statistics to tell you that there aren’t enough women in programming, but just in case, here are some numbers. Out of the science, technology, engineering, and math disciplines that make up the umbrella field known as STEM, engineering is the largest, but only one in seven engineers are female. More … Continue reading

Promotion Through Separation: The Gender Divide in eSports
Feminism / Internet / Video Games

Promotion Through Separation: The Gender Divide in eSports

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is a free-to-play digital card game, released back in March by Blizzard. It’s a card battling game similar to Magic: The Gathering, heavily simplified for the casual gaming market while still maintaining strategic depth for the more tactical-minded. After word of a Hearthstone tournament banning female entrants made the online rounds, … Continue reading

Why Facebook’s Latest Breach of Trust is the Worst Yet
Advertising / Internet / Technology

Why Facebook’s Latest Breach of Trust is the Worst Yet

It came out this week that in 2012, Facebook ran a short but very large experiment on its technically willing, but uninformed, user base. Users’ newsfeeds were tweaked to show status updates and links of varying levels of emotional content. Some users were shown a higher concentration of negative or sad stories, some users got the … Continue reading

I Hate America: Coerced Sterilization
Class / Feminism / I Hate America / Race / Sex

I Hate America: Coerced Sterilization

Oh, America. Never change. Wait, sorry, hang on, please change. In the news this week is a revival of interest in the scandal of coerced sterilization in California prisons. This isn’t just a helpful reminder that you should pay attention to what went on between 2006 and 2010—there’s been developments in the investigation. Under the stress … Continue reading

My Body Gallery: An Online Museum of Body Diversity and Representation
Advertising / Feminism / Health

My Body Gallery: An Online Museum of Body Diversity and Representation

I don’t need to state the statistics. It’s not uncommon for people, and especially women, to experience body dysmorphia, or tend toward disordered eating, over-exercising, or other habits due to poor body image. We get specific messages about who belongs and who doesn’t, based on how our bodies look. Sometimes it can be misconstrued as harmless, … Continue reading