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February 26 2014


January 15 2014


Women And Internet Harassment

Internet aggression toward women. What’s it about? How do we fix it? Plus, a media firestorm around tweeting through cancer.

A woman uses a personal computer. (Ray Smith / Flickr / Creative Commons)

A woman uses a personal computer. (Ray Smith / Flickr / Creative Commons)


Amanda Hess, freelance writer. Author of “Why Women Aren’t Welcome On the Internet.” (@AmandaHess)

Anna Holmes,  founding editor of Jezebel.com, the online women’s news and culture magazine. Author of “The Book of Jezebel: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Lady Things” and “Hell Hath No Fury: Women’s Letters From The End of the Affair.” Columnist at the New York Times Book Review. (AnnaHolmes">@AnnaHolmes)

Danielle Citron, professor of law the University of Maryland, Balitmore. Author of “Hate Crimes in Cyberspace.” (@DANIELLECITRON)

From Tom’s Reading List

Pacific Standard: Why Women Aren’t Welcome on the Internet — “A woman doesn’t even need to occupy a professional writing perch at a prominent platform to become a target. According to a 2005 report by the Pew Research Center, which has been tracking the online lives of Americans for more than a decade, women and men have been logging on in equal numbers since 2000, but the vilest communications are still disproportionately lobbed at women. We are more likely to report being stalked and harassed on the Internet—of the 3,787 people who reported harassing incidents from 2000 to 2012 to the volunteer organization Working to Halt Online Abuse, 72.5 percent were female. ”

New York Times: The War on Women — “I don’t think either the left or the right quite understands this worldview: feminists tend to see it simply as a species of reaction, social conservatives as the dark fruit of sexual liberation, when it’s really a combination of the two. And because it channels some legitimate male anxieties alongside its chauvinism and resentment, it probably can’t be shamed or driven underground — or not, at least, without making its side effects for women that much more toxic.”

The Wire: Welcome to the Twisted Age of the Twitter Death Threat — “Enter the age of the online death threat. It’s scary, yeah, because it’s a death threat. Humans rarely like being threatened with an end to their basic essence, no matter the delivery method for that announcement. And yet, on Twitter, this becomes such a weird, surreal concept: It’s deeply impersonal (these people don’t even know each other and probably never will; NONE of them know each other, likely), fueled by a false kind of rage spawned by the way the Internet works (one side gets self-righteously mad, another side self-righteously madder, and repeat). Fortunately, in most cases, the threat is also incredibly unlikely to be fulfilled. ”

The Media-Firestorm Around Tweeting Through Cancer

Lisa Belkin, senior correspondent for The Huffington Post. Author of “Life’s Work: Confessions of an Unbalanced Mom,” Show Me A Hero,” and “First, Do No Harm.”  (@LisaBelkin)

The Huffington Post: Lisa Bonchek Adams And The Problem With Criticizing A Woman Who Documents Her Cancer Treatment Online  – “True we need a national conversation about ‘how much is too much.’ But the reason the lines are blurred in the first place — i.e. the very reason we need that conversation — is because what is one patient’s torture is another’s reassurance that they have done everything they could. Emma’s father was 79 when he died two years ago, with multiple health problems. Lisa Adams was 37 when she was diagnosed seven years ago, with three young children. Yes, her years of treatment have been agonizing at times, and I would not presume to tell any patient that they must choose that painful, possibly fruitless, path. I also would never dream of telling them that they shouldn’t. What Bill sees as extra years of ‘frantic medical trench warfare,’ Adams sees more simply as extra years.”

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January 04 2014


Microfinance and politics: the removal of Muhummad Yunus from the Grameen Bank - Rear Vision - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

In a move that surprised many people outside Bangladesh, Muhummad Yunus, founder of the influential microfinance institution the Grameen Bank, has been removed from his position as head of the bank. http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/rearvision/microfinance-and-politics-the-removal-of-muhummad/2955800

January 02 2014


New Disruptors 56: Doubling Down with Amelia Greenhall - Boing Boing

Double Union is a new community workshop in San Francisco designed for women, and intended to provide a comfortable, welcoming environment to make things. In this podcast, I visit the pre-renovation space with Amelia Greenhall, one of the people who helped create the non-profit organization. She explains why Double Union is necessary, and the path that led to it and others like it. The New Disruptors: RSS | iTunes | Download this episode | Listen on Stitcher This episode is sponsored by Media Temple, where a Grid plan gives you 100 Web sites, 100 GB of storage, and a terabyte of data transfer each month. Sign up with coupon code tnd to get 25% off your first month of hosting. Things we mention in this episode: While Double Union accepts only women as members, the group notes that, "We are intersectional feminists, women-centered, and queer and trans-inclusive." Members may invite guests who may visit with a member, and may be any gender or age. The group will also have open houses open to any any gender or age. Amelia Greenhall has a vast array of interests currently centered around Quantified Self and wearable technology, but her site shows the full range of what she's working on. (Quantified Self aims to use technology to measure our physiological state and inputs, and turn that information into useful data for self-modification or health monitoring.) Amelia mentions three zine makers and their projects: Mermaid Tits produced by Hannah Schulman; Camel Toe, produced by Abigail Young; and Elly Blue's array of work. Elly is a Portland bike activist and publisher who has used Kickstarter many, many times to underwrite the expenses of her publishing and other endeavors. (She was a guest during our Portland pre-XOXO festival shindig, contributed an article on cargo bikes to The Magazine, and will be a future interviewee here.) Before we get to Double Union, Amelia explains the concept of an unconference, and the intent of the Ada Initiative. Double Union arose in part from discussions with Leigh Honeywell and Frances Hocutt, who fostered the Seattle Attic makerspace, which is feminist, women-centered, and inclusive, but open to all genders as members. There's also Flux in Portland, Oregon, and three others of a similar intent outside the U.S. Impostor syndrome is a pervasive problem among creators who go it on their own, because we constantly compare ourselves to those around us, and believe that we can't possibly be competent enough to be in their league. We worry about being discovered. Birds of a feather (BoF) sessions are ad hoc, participant-driven breakout sessions in conferences. At The Magazine, we dealt with a paucity of women pitching articles partly by me talking to female contributors and writing "Gender Binder." This article seemed to mark a turning point, after which we received article submissions from a far more even ratio of men and women. Bylines average close to parity since. The Ada Initiative created a standardized anti-harassment policy that has been adopted by over a hundred conferences. I mention an article in The Magazine by Rosie J. Spinks called "Hacked Off," in which she looks at harassment of women in the hacker-activism community. Some readers found this article problematic because they hadn't seen harassment themselves. Amelia points to the timeline of sexist incidents at the Geek Feminism wiki as an indication of how pervasive harassment is, and how much more thoroughly it's being documented. Kelly Kend described harassment directed at her at XOXO 2013, and how well it was handled by the organizers. Amelia countered with what happened at Pycon 2013, in which a woman called out two men via Twitter for remarks, and then one of the men and she were both fired. We are so over mansplaining, aren't we? Not yet. Jean MacDonald was a guest on The New Disruptors last month ("Girls Just Want to Code Apps") to talk about App Camp for Girls, in which the instructors and attendees are all women. Jean and I talked at some length about fiscal sponsorship, in which an existing non-profit handles the administration and fund collection for a nascent one. Liz Henry, a veteran software/Internet/reality cool-things maker, was part of the Double Union planning. Double Union created an Indiegogo campaign to raise capital for buildout and equipment purchases, intending memberships to pay rent and other ongoing costs. Asking for $5,000, the group raised over $15,000. Once you find out about paper joggers, and you regularly deal with paper, you might not rest until you have one. Sergers create overlock stitches that seal the edges of cut fabric with stitches, and can trim at the same time! With a serger, you can dramatically reduce the time to make clothing that looks professionally produced. Sergers are cool. I spoke to the folks behind Makerhaus about what was then an about-to-open facility for education, training, creation, and co-working back in February 2013 in "Iterative Imperative." Ashe Dryden has a lot to say about diversity, inclusivity, and harassment. The New Disruptors is a podcast about people who make art, things, or connections finding new ways to reach an audience and build a community. Glenn Fleishman is the host, and he talks with new guests every week. Find older episodes at the podcast's home. Support The New Disruptors directly as a patron at Patreon starting at $1 for each podcast episode, with on-air thanks, premiums, and more at higher levels of support. We do this show with your help. Glenn Fleishman, @glennf, is the editor and publisher of The Magazine, a fortnightly electronic periodical for curious people with a technical bent. Glenn hosts The New Disruptors, a podcast about connecting creators and makers to their audiences, and writes as “G.F.” at the Economist's Babbage blog. He is a regular panel member on the geeky media podcast The Incomparable. In October 2012, Glenn won Jeopardy! twice. More at Boing Boing What we can learn from dialect maps Taking pictures of the Rolling Stones with the 'best pocket camera ever made' ADVERTISEMENT Continue the discussion at bbs.boingboing.net http://boingboing.net/2014/01/02/new-disruptors-56-double-union.html

December 23 2013


Marketplace on GM's first female CEO

November 15 2013


Why more women are paying for lip service - The Science Show - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

More girls and young women are undergoing labiaplasty. Gemma Sharp hopes to find out why. It’s described as the Barbie doll look, a pre-pubescent look. Shaven pubic hair, and surgery to reduce the size of the labia. But it’s only popular amongst girls and young women from some western cultures. For others, the reverse is desirable. Gemma Sharp is investigating the social and cultural influences driving girls and women to seek out labiaplasty. Gemma hopes to speak to more women who have undertaken surgery, and those considering surgery. Guests: Gemma Sharp, PhD Candidate, Department of Clinical Psychology, Flinders University, Adelaide SA Natalie Starkey, Cosmochemist, Planetary and Space Sciences, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes UK Further Information: Gemma Sharp at Flinders University (http://www.flinders.edu.au/people/gemma.sharp) Natalie Starkey (http://www.nataliestarkey.com/) The Centrefold Project (http://www.thecentrefoldproject.org/) Jezebel: Hungry Beast; The Labiaplasty You Never Knew You Wanted (http://jezebel.com/5535356/the-labiaplasty-you-never-knew-you-wanted-%5Bnsfw%5D) http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/scienceshow/why-more-women-are-paying-for-lip-service/5064500

July 03 2013


Coed (Unisex?) Strip Club w/ Avery Edison & Chase Nordengren | Pre-Recorded | Funny videos, improv and sketch comedy podcast

Meet two pioneers who are opening up the world of exotic dance to simultaneous performances by men and women, dancers and customers alike, goth or not goth. Featuring Avery Edison (on Twitter @aedison) and Chase Nordengren (follow his podcast on Twitter @DearBlankShow). http://www.pre-recorded.com/2013/07/coed-unisex-strip-club-w-avery-edison-chase-nordengren/

April 09 2013


Greg Fitzsimmons » Joshua Topolsky

Greg goes toe to toe with confirmed atheist and web guru Joshua Topolsky. Find out what the next big thing is in technology, and why Mike is losing money in basketball. http://www.gregfitzsimmons.com/2013/04/09/joshua-topolsky/

December 21 2011


The Victorians: Gender and Sexuality

'Victorian' came in the twentieth century to stand for sexual repression and social convention. Personal life was governed by complex and rigid rules of behaviour. Like other aspects of Victorian culture this began to break down in the fin-de-siécle. Yet recent research, discussed in this lecture, has undermined this rather simplistic picture and begun to explore some of the contradictions and complexities of Victorian attitudes to marriage and sexuality. The place of women in Victorian culture was by no means as passive or subordinate as conventional images of the era suggest. This lecture by Professor Richard J Evans, FBA is part of the series The Victorians: Culture and Experience in Britain, Europe and the World 1815-1914 More info: http://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/the-victorians-gender-and-sexuality

June 27 2011


Understanding Women

Alison Armstrong
Tags: women

November 04 2010


Alan Roger Currie (Mode One) Interview Part 2 - 18 October 2010

Part 2 of Alan Roger Curries interview!

Alan Roger Currie (Mode One) Interview Part 1 - 01 October 2010

Sasha interviews Alan Roger Currie the author of Mode One. Alan's style is to let women know exactly what he's thinking, this is as direct game as you can get! I'm sure you'll like this podcast...

Marcus Oakey Interview - 21 May 2010

Sasha interviews Marcus Oakey who explains how to become great at conversations...and explores the mindset of a charismatic man...

David X Interview - 13 April 2010

Sasha interviewed David X asking a variety of questions such as what is the major thing holding students back in becoming successful in the pick up game... High energy and great stories from a pickup-artist.

October 07 2010


LSE - 'It's my body and I'll do what I Like with it' Bodies as possessions and objects

We commonly use the language of body ownership as a way of claiming personal rights, though we do not normally mean it literally. Most people feel uneasy about markets in sexual or reproductive services, and though there is a substantial global trade in body tissues, the illicit trade in live human organs is widely condemned. But what, if any, is the problem with treating bodies as resources and/or possessions? Is there something about the body that makes it particularly inappropriate to apply to it the language of property, commodities, and things? Or is thinking the body special a kind of sentimentalism that blocks clear thinking about matters such as prostitution, surrogate motherhood, or the sale of spare kidneys?

September 08 2010


The WASPs: Women Pilots of WWII

In the early 1940s, the US Airforce faced a dilemma. Thousands of new airplanes were coming off assembly lines and needed to be delivered to military bases nationwide, yet most of America's pilots were overseas fighting the war. To deal with the backlog, the government launched an experimental program to train women pilots to fly military aircraft. http://www.radiodiaries.org/wasps.html

August 31 2010


Eve Ensler on Global Girlhood

"Vagina Monologues" playwright Eve Ensler is now looking at the lives of teenage girls, from American suburbia to the Congo.

August 04 2010


Helping Women in Congo

A young American dropped everything to help the women of Congo. We hear her story.
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