Tag Archive: Sexism

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    by Jessica Stillman

    How to Deal with Oafs, AKA the Adria Richards Mess

    A female developer evangelist calls out a couple of misbehaving males for making sexist jokes at a conference, getting one of them fired. All hell breaks loose online. What lesson, if any, can we learn from this unsavory incident?

    By Jessica Stillman (Editor, Women 2.0)

    You’re minding your own business pursuing professional enlightenment at a tech conference when two dudes behind you break out the frat house humor and start making jokes about ‘big dongles.’ What do you do?

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    by Angie Chang

    Gender In Tech: No Longer A Silent Issue

    Ellen Pao’s lawsuit allows our community to discuss these “women in tech” issues as real problems.

    By Cristina Cordova (Business Development, Pulse)

    TechCrunch reported that Kleiner Perkins Partner Ellen Pao sued her firm for gender and sexual discrimination. A friend immediately told me “Well that’s career suicide” and I can’t say I didn’t think the same thing. While few can comment on whether the allegations are true, this news does highlight some of the reactions the media and tech community have had to gender issues in the past.

    Over the past few months, many have been engrossed in the Valley gender gossip on “brogrammer culture”, sexist comments at tech panels and the general lack of women in tech. Many

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    by Angie Chang

    The Hunger Games – A Hopeful Vision For The Future

    By Joan C. Williams & Rachel Dempsey (Authors, The New Girls’ Network)

    I almost don’t want to write this post, because it brings attention to something I’d much rather be ignored. In the frenetic lead-up to the March 23 opening of The Hunger Games, there are articles about the movie’s restrictive costumes, about its “futuristic Appalachian” soundtrack, about its similarities with a Japanese film called Battle Royale. But few of them focus on one key point:

    The Hunger Games is about a girl.

    And not just any girl. The main character of the movie (and the novels that came before) is a badass teenager named Katniss

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    by Angie Chang

    2012 CES Booth Babe Problem Highlights Women’s Perceived Role In Technology – Let’s Fix This

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    In a much discussed BBC Video about CES 2012, a booth babe tells the reporter “I don’t know any women [interested in tech]. I don’t know any women that would choose the tech world over shopping or cooking or taking care of kids.” Wait, is this really 2012?

    Here is the CES Booth Babe Problem as articulated by Violet Blue:

    “CES doesn’t look much like a cutting-edge convention now that problems have emerged around the hired female models dressed in provocative outfits to be “booth babes”

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    by Managing Editor

    Siri Demonstrates High-Tech Gender Gap

    By Sady Doyle (Staff Writer, In These Times)

    Last week, tech and feminist blogs erupted with a startling story: Siri, the iPhone 4 app that responds to voice queries with pre-programmed or search-engine-based replies, refused to direct its users to abortion clinics.

    Not only that: Apple’s Siri seems programmed to respond to sexual or sex-related questions almost invariably as if the user were a certain kind of cisgender man.

    If you tell Siri you’ve been raped, she wouldn’t tell you to go to a hospital, or to the police; if you tell Siri you want

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    by Managing Editor

    To Solve The “Woman Problem”, End Your Stereotypes Of Women

    By Cristina Cordova (Business Development, Pulse)

    What is this? Mad Men?

    Penelope Trunk wrote another ridiculously egregious article on VentureBeat about the “Woman Problem” in tech startups. She’s written similar posts on Techcrunch before like Women Don’t Want to Run Tech Startups Because They’d Rather Have Children and Why Diversity is Bad for Startups.

    I’ve always wholeheartedly disagreed with her remarks about women in technology, but she’s continued to push her views as guest posts on several of the blogs I read.

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    by Managing Editor

    Forbes Contributing Writer Attributes Attractiveness, Children and Housekeeping to “Why Women Do Not Become CEOs”

    By Gene Marks (Contributer, Forbes)

     

    I run a small technology firm. We do business with a lot of larger technology companies. I meet plenty of women in senior positions. But it’s rare that I come across a female CEO. Why is that?

    Look, I’m not surprised. I’m a guy. I know why.

    Reason 1: One Friday night I picked up my teenage son at the movies along with four of his teenage friends. The ride home was filled with laughter, profanity, burps, flatulence and a few head slaps. It took a week for the smell to dissipate.