I thought I would make a list of my favorite Geek Feminism Blog
posts, since it's a bit hard to find some of the great older posts there. I omitted my own posts as well as most cross-posts. (Excluding cross-posts excluded some of my favorite posts, alas, but I wanted to focus on content originally published on the GF blog.)
Why We Document
, by Mary Gardiner. "But what makes it worth it for me is that when people are scratching their heads over why women would avoid such a revolutionarily free environment like Free Software development, did maybe something bad actually happen, that women have answers."
Questioning the Merit of Meritocracy, by Skud.
But Women Are an Advanced Social Skill
, by Mary Gardiner.
Is requiring Open Source experience sexist?, by Mary Gardiner.
Self-confidence tricks, by Terri Oda.
Geek feminism as opposed to mainstream feminism?, by Mary Gardiner.
How to Appear Incompetent in One Easy Step, by Amber Baldet.
When You Are the Expert in the Room, by Mary Gardiner.
Meritocracy? Might want to re-think how you define merit., by Terri Oda. "It’s not the intelligence of the group members that matters; it’s their social sensitivity."
"Why don't you just hit him?, by Mary Gardiner. "Harassment is not a private matter between harasser and victim, and it’s not the victim’s job to put a stop to it."
Letting down my entire gender, by Terri Oda. "You feel like changing the world rests in your hands, and you let the world down because you had to say no. You had to quit. You had to hide."
On competence, confidence, pernicious socialization, recursion, and tricking yourself
, by Sumana Harihareswara. "It’s as though my goalposts came on casters to make them easier to move"
Impostor syndrome and hiring power, by Mary Gardiner.
in memory of nina reiser, by mizchalmers
Geeks as bullied and bullies, by Mary Gardiner
Online harassment as a daily hazard: when trolls feed themselves, by Mary Gardiner.
On being harassed: a little GF history and some current events, by Skud. 'I didn’t quit because I couldn’t handle the technology, or because I had a baby, but because I had become fundamentally disenchanted with a “community” (please imagine me doing sarcastic air quotes) that supports the kind of abuse I’ve experienced and treats most human-related problems — from harassment to accessibility to the infinite variety of names people use (ahem ahem Google Plus) — as “too hard”.'
What she really said: Fighting sexist jokes the geeky way!
, by Jessamyn Smith.
How I Got 50% Women Speakers at My Tech Conference, by Courtney Stanton.
I take it we aren’t cute enough for you?, by Mary Gardiner. "I want to get this out in the open: people love to support geek girls, they are considerably more ambivalent about supporting geek women."
Pipeline Guilt, by Jessamyn Fairfield. "It’s a heavy burden to want to be the best example for women in your field, at the expense of your own happiness. And it’s easy to hear about the leaky pipeline and see it as prescriptive, implying that individual women have to choose to stay in the pipeline in order to help solve the problem."
How do you look for jobs in an industry known for biases against women?, by Terri Oda.
Dear male allies: your sexism looks a bit like my racism
, by mizchalmers. "Here’s what I want to tell you, dear male allies. It is such a relief. Listening to other peoples’ voices? Is incredibly moving, and humbling, and endlessly interesting. Shutting the hell up while I do it? God, how I love the sound of not-my-own-voice. Going into battle against racists and so forth? So much easier, now that I have a faint clue what’s actually going on."
Book Club: Three times a Geek Feminist walked away from Omelas (and two times she didn’t), by mizchalmers. "Now I think the best we can do is practise vigilance. To watch out for people who might be locking children in rooms. And to refrain from locking children in rooms ourselves."
Tech confidence vs. tech competence, by Alex. "This is in stark contrast to communities where tech competence is valued above all else: where people feel they have to hide their mistakes. In such settings we routinely observe low volunteering rates from people in marginalised groups, with low retention from beginning volunteers, because people are too scared to ask for help or too scared to admit that they don’t know how things work."
It is easier now that I look like a guy
, by Fortister. "Instead of spending my weekend hacking open source I spend my weekend figuring out how to defend the notion of my humanity."
Dropping the F bomb, by Skud. "Women in tech groups are not necessarily feminist. Some actively work against feminist ideals."