When talking about inequality hurts my career in some way
See sexism? Racism? Speak up! And regret nothing!
Chrome Experiments is a showcase for creative web experiments, the vast majority of which are built with the latest open technologies, including HTML5, Canvas, SVG, and WebGL. All of them were made and submitted by talented artists and programmers from around the world.
We hope the projects on this site provide inspiration for anyone interested in experimenting creatively with the web. And we hope they show how the web has become faster, more fun, and more open – the same spirit in which we built Google Chrome.
But not if you’re a mother, apparently.
I expect this kind of thing from callow “brogrammer” types — but this site is an official project of Google, with Google’s logo on it, created and maintained by Google employees.
The Million Little Barbs Of “Lighten Up”: Recently, I was asked why a woman who loves coding would ever leave the field. In short, I got tired of being told to “lighten up.”
I can’t even. *double facepalm*
Welcome to Sexism 101, kids: point out sexism, and you’ll get plenty of defenses of it by the people that discrimination benefits.
Note that this is a “called out” comment — so Forbes is happy to publish an article on gender inequity, but also happy to goad people into bashing it. Perhaps they share the same brain-dead notion of “balance” that characterizes so much lazy journalism. ”Shape of Earth: Views Differ.”
Note: the author themselves called out the quote. But the person who authored the quote is a classic “derailer” straight out of Derailing for Dummies — and derailers create false debates and make it seem as if the views of the misinformed have more legitimacy than they actually do.
From my Forbes post about the publican and review of male and female writers in major literary outlets.
Would anybody like to take this? I have a horrible headache right now and I don’t even know where to begin. I can’t even…
The Boys on the Bus are still, well, all boys, even thirty years later.
While The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Associated Press, and the New York Daily News have close to male-female parity…Time magazine has nine men and only one woman, Newsweek/The Daily Beast has six men and three women, The Atlantic has seven men and two women, New York magazine has six men and one woman, and The Economist went for broke, with an all-male team of five. At The Boston Globe (seven men, three women) and Reuters (eight men, three women), the ratio is more than two to one.
on the web, things look similar:
The Huffington Post has eleven men and only two women; Politico has twelve male reporters and six women on the campaign trail, Talking Points Memo has five men and one woman, and Slate and The Daily both have all-male teams.
“…for your mom” used as a synonym for “for dummies” is sexist. Please stop.
Lisa Williams, developer and mother
I posted earlier on Zed Shaw’s response to being added to a Github repo that contains a specification for a fictitious markup language called DongML (“DongML: a flexible markup for stiff problems”).
Shaw says that the creator of the repo adds people he doesn’t like to the repo as contributors as a method of harassing them. Github bills itself as “social coding,” and users have an activity feed; if you “follow” someone on github, you see when someone comments or adds to a repo, so everyone who “follows” Shaw might see a notice like: ”zedshaw is now a contributor to DongML.”
Lots of people have commented on Shaw’s response to this — in essence, once he was a contributor to the repository for DongML, he wrote a script to overwrite it again and again, prompting a brief outage of Github.com. Some were on Shaw’s side and decried the “mob mentality” of some Ruby contributors; others characterized Shaw as a “drama queen.”
Now I realize that I just engaged in what Jay Rosen calls “We have no idea who’s right” journalism, but in this case, I’m not obfuscating my opinion. I really do have no idea.
What’s notable to me is that no one seemed to object to how crass the satire was, or the fact that it included this:
3.11 BOOB tag
The BOOB tag is optional. It is used for a better representation of the citation of the dong.
The fact that this kind of humor is considered normal and unobjectionable is an example of why many women don’t feel welcome in code culture. Hey, according to the spec? We’re only optional.