1. Margarita Noriega of Fusion: 'Women In Tech' Is A Framing Device With Limited Value

    Women in tech are often relegated to talking about “being a woman in tech.” What needs to change so women can instead be highlighted for their contributions?

    The popularity of the debate about “women in tech” has always been a funny (confusing) thing to me. I don’t think the core issue around gender and employment has ever been limited to women just in the IT industry. I think women are the “issue” everywhere, all the time. We live in a world which thinks women are a problem. What needs to change for women is for society to stop thinking of women as a problem, and to start treating people with different kinds of physical makeups as equal members of the human race. There are other kinds of people who have trouble breaking into tech, too, who are not women. Why not address the real issue of the fear of the “other”?

    I will raise a slightly academic point that I believe needs to be raised more often: Women in tech aren’t an issue if you understand technology in a broad sense. Women are nurses, women are bioengineers, women manage all sorts of machines in a lot of capacities and industries which require a high level of technical skill. Women in tech is a framing device that has limited value. This is not to say that women are common in executive roles or even in any role in startups, but women are considered a problem with or without coding or executive skills. We live in a world where being born a woman is a dangerous proposition.

  2. Mo’Ne Davis’ story is truly compelling, but it’s a little cynical for SI to be suddenly enamored of this rare girl who can win at a man’s sport for only a brief moment, before returning to its regularly scheduled programming (largely, men winning at men’s sports).
  3. No one is disputing that Gunn was a major force behind “Guardians of the Galaxy.” The question is why he is so unwilling to share even a sliver of the spotlight with the woman who saw the movie potential in the “Guardians” comics, first introduced to the Marvel universe in 1969 by Arnold Drake.
  4. There’s a moment where Jamie Fraser, the handsome Scottish fella, tells an AWOL Claire, “Shall I pick you up and throw you over my shoulder? Do you want me to do that?” and you, if you’re a male viewer, realize: oh, this was not actually made for me. Which is a crazy feeling, let me tell you! Because most everything on cable TV is made for dudes! So while there are moments where things get sci-fi-corny — Claire’s ominous palm-reading in the reverend’s kitchen; all the misty portent around MacStonehenge; Bear McCreary’s Hobbits-on-the-Titanic score — Outlander is a nice break from the pummeling of BROOD BROOD BROOD SHOOT SHOOT SHOOT that so populates the cable landscape, especially pay cable. Outlander is an epic, dark, expensive production that doesn’t give a fuck if it ever gets watched in a “man cave,” and that is goddamn refreshing.
  5. Some time ago she was offered a part as the “love interest” of an actor 30 years her senior (she doesn’t say who). “I said, ‘Eurgh, no f— way.’ And they said, ‘But Zoe, he’s the hottest actor.’ I don’t give a f— how hot he is, I’m not going to endorse that – not until the day I see more romantic movies with Diane Keaton, Sandra Bullock, Meryl Streep with young hot actors working as their sidekicks. Only then will I say yes.”
  6. The Dispute Between Radical Feminism and Transgenderism

    I find this fascinating!

  7. No one wants to be known as the woman who cried sexism for fear of being labeled a tattletale, a liability, or, at the very least, not worth the trouble. And yet, it’s only through these stories that we can begin to understand that the statistics aren’t the result of some fluke or mass oversight, but a very real problem that needs to be solved.
  8. Boyhood: What If It Were Girlhood? – Flavorwire

  9. The other thing is in Hollywood, you don’t want to show weakness as a woman because it is such a misogynist industry. To ever go to work and be like, ‘I have debilitating cramps,’ you can’t do that. You can’t be like, ‘Can I have a hot water bottle for my stomach?’ You have to act like you’re a superhero in order to be taken seriously or put on an equal playing field as the men. As soon as you like have a woman’s body and have women’s issues, it’s like, ‘Oh, you’re a hazard for us,” basically. So you just have to pretend that you’re a lot stronger than you are a lot of the time.
  10. asie:

    Jenny Lewis - ‘Just One of the Guys’ (features Kristen Stewart, Anne Hathaway and Brie Larson)

    Man, Kristen Stewart’s hair is perfection.

    Reblogged from: asie
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