Gender equality is important in gaming – here’s why

They have no place, because developers and publishers have decided not to include them. For any number of reasons – the financial drain of designing extra characters, the belief that women don’t play genre X, or the idea that male gamers won’t play female characters. Regardless, the take-away message from this is that it’s not even worth trying to get women into gaming – that they, as a demographic, are essentially worthless to the industry.

[ via PC & Tech Authority ]

Sexism plagues major chemistry conference: Boycott emerges amid growing outrage

A group of female scientists promptly called for a boycott, but faced backlash from a prominent chemist who dismissed their efforts as “nonsensical” and “trendy whining about supposed ‘gender inequality.’”

[ via Salon ]

Open-access harassment: science, technology and women

In this system, it is incredibly difficult for those at the bottom to have a publically critical voice without surrendering their careers. Further compounding the problem is a highly stratified system with little horizontal support networks.

[ via The Guardian ]

Hookers And Hackers Is The Least Surprising Tech Party Of All Time

Alexandra Hunter, who works for a San Francisco-based tech incubator called Hacker Hideout, was unapologetic about her company’s ‘Hackers and Hookers’ Halloween party.

[ via The Huffington Post ]

That’s It — I’m Finished Defending Sexism In Tech

I wasn’t seeing the problems clearly because I’d been part of the industry for too long. I also wanted to focus on getting things done rather than on feminist-inspired activism. So I made the bros-only atmosphere work for me. I overcompensated by picking a frat boy to cofound a company with me (he was MIT & YC, by the way). I had the greatest time drinking scotch at Google I/O with some of the best CTOs in the media industry. They treated me like a bro. I didn’t want to lose those moments. And I thought that there was room for other women to have a similarly good experience.

[ via Business Insider ]

6 Kids’ Clothing Lines That Know Your Daughter is More Than Just a Pink Princess Glitterbomb Who Can’t Do Math

It’s hard to get away from the idea of The Girl Section and The Boy Section despite the relatively few differences in prepubescent bodies. Progressively-minded parents can still be thwarted by school bullies and gender-policing fitting room attendants if they shop from the “wrong” section.

[ via Autostraddle ]

Harvard Case Study: Gender Equity

The country’s premier business training ground was trying to solve a seemingly intractable problem. Year after year, women who had arrived with the same test scores and grades as men fell behind. Attracting and retaining female professors was a losing battle; from 2006 to 2007, a third of the female junior faculty left.

[ via The New York Times ]

‘Titstare’ app at TechCrunch: women in tech deserve better

All of this underscores the dichotomy of the tech scene: a world presented as an egalitarian free for all where anyone can get ahead on merit, and where ideas are the best currency. In other words, a perfect meritocratic system. And yet the industry runs on privilege, with sexist and juvenile behaviour based on gender stereotypes being routinely displayed.

[ via The Guardian ]

TechCrunch Disrupt Kicks Off with ‘Titstare’ App and Fake Masturbation

As a lovely followup to recent discussions of gender inclusivity in tech, here’s the first presentation from the AOL-owned TechCrunch Disrupt 2013 startup conference: an app called Titstare, presented by two grinning Australian dudes, exactly as tasteless as it sounds.

[ via Valleywag ]

Get more women into tech? My colleagues never got the memo

Even though I’ve done all the things I was supposed to do, I feel abandoned by this movement. In the face of growing female concern over women exiting the workforce, the only messages for young, female professionals are vague appeals to lean in, heed the warnings of the Opt-Out Generation, have it all some of the time or settle for some of those things most of the time. It’s depressing. What I really want to know is how to survive in the male-dominated engineering world, and no one seems to want to talk about that.

[ via New Statesman ]