/Tag: feminism

Tourists and vagabonds.

The Polish sociologist Zygmunt Bauman draws a distinction between “tourists” and “vagabonds” in the modern economy. Privileged tourists move about the world “on purpose,” to seek “new experience” as “the joys of the familiar wear off.” Disempowered vagabonds relocate because they have to, pushed and pulled through mean streets where they could never hope to settle down. On the Internet, men are tourists and women are vagabonds.

–From Amanda Hess’ brilliant article on online harassment, which y’all need to read in full.

2017-07-05T14:55:39+10:0018th March, 2014|Tags: culture, feminism|

Market segmentation versus the female geek.

Pretty damn good breakdown of not just how marketing works vis-à-vis gender segmentation, but also why its assumptions–at least in “geeky” spaces, if nowhere else–are crap and what can be done instead.

2014-02-28T22:47:47+10:0028th February, 2014|Tags: culture, feminism, pop culture|

… because they’re not?

In software, we literally use programming languages to make things happen, so I am constantly disappointed when other people in my field fail to understand how their language doesn’t just describe reality, but also constructs it. In general, the structure of the English language (and other natural languages in which “he” is often used to refer to a generic person) creates a reality in which people are men, and men are people. A man can appear wherever a person is expected, but a woman cannot appear wherever a generic person is expected; women are second-class. Just as if a particular programming language is too awkward to write code in, we can fork it and modify its syntax and semantics, or even create a new language, we do not have to accept this aspect of English. We can choose to use language in a way that reflects what we believe, instead of using it to uphold traditions we find repugnant.

–On language creating reality.

2019-04-29T11:41:18+10:0028th February, 2014|Tags: culture, feminism|

The Progressive Nerd Bro Playbook.

One of the most important tasks of feminism is getting people to think about their own complicity in unjust systems, and about the privileges they receive from these systems whether or not they personally believe women are inferior. This is structural analysis, and should be at the forefront of anyone’s, and especially any man’s, involvement in efforts to end gender injustice.

–On why trite proclamations about “women being people!” just aren’t enough.

2016-11-17T19:56:44+10:0014th December, 2013|Tags: culture, feminism|

Women who speak their minds.

So, once upon a time, not super-long ago, I wrote a blog post about a video game. The post was, on the whole, glowingly positive and it must have been okay given that the game company itself linked the review from its social media accounts. 50,000 hits and a crashed server later, I started wading through the hundreds of comments the post had accrued. Almost every single comment was negative, and they were all negative about exactly the same issue: the few hundred words I’d put at the end of the post regarding the game’s somewhat awful female costume design (it’s also worth noting at this point that the game’s representation of female characters was very good, which was acknowledged).

I pretty much got the gamut of reactions from misogynistic epithets to patronising mansplaining, and such was I brought low by my moment of “internet fame”. The reality is, of course, that I got off “lightly” compared to what a lot of other women have to deal with.

To look at the hatred directed at women who speak their minds is to see the wracking death of discourse and, indeed, the source-code of patriarchy itself.

There’s something toxic going on here. A lot of things, in fact.

2016-05-14T11:13:21+10:005th November, 2013|Tags: feminism, gaming, pop culture, the border house|