Blogging for Geek Feminism, a short history

With yesterday’s release of Spam All the Links, I’ve finished my long awaited project of departing the Geek Feminism blog. I was involved in the blog on, if not from the first day of its existence, at least from the first week of it. My involvement in the blog was huge, and comprises among other things: over 200 posts to the blog founding and for a long time running the Ask a Geek Feminist, Wednesday Geek Woman and Cookie of the Week series doing a linkspam post by myself multiple times a week for about a year recruiting the initial … Continue reading Blogging for Geek Feminism, a short history

Call for Submissions: Seventy-Ninth Edition @ Hoyden About Town

I’m the next host of the Down Under Feminists’ Carnival! Here’s the call for submissions: The next edition of the Down Under Feminists Carnival is planned for 5 December, 2014 and will be hosted by Mary at Hoyden About Town or perhaps puzzling.org, as circumstances permit. Submissions to mary-carnival [at] puzzling [dot] org. Submissions must be of posts of feminist interest by writers from Australia and New Zealand that were published in November. Submissions are due on 2 December at the latest, but it’ll be easier on Mary if you submit sooner rather than later. So submit early and often, please, and spread the … Continue reading Call for Submissions: Seventy-Ninth Edition @ Hoyden About Town

Are your lulz low quality? Valerie Aurora is here to help

This article originally appeared on Geek Feminism. Warning for mention of sexual assault, and extensive discussion of harassment. In May, my GF co-blogger and Ada Initiative co-founder Valerie Aurora posted Handy tips for my Internet harassers on her blog. They included: Threatening my job: Unfortunately, I am my own boss. Try emailing one of the Ada Initiative sponsors? Although they might take that as a sign that the Ada Initiative is doing important work and make another donation. Hmmmm. Maybe create a Yelp page for my file systems consulting business and leave bad reviews? Endorse me for CSS on LinkedIn? … Continue reading Are your lulz low quality? Valerie Aurora is here to help

Code of Conduct timeline and postmortem

This article originally appeared on Geek Feminism. Last week, Geek Feminism announced we’ve adopted a Code of Conduct. As Annalee said in that announcement, this comes long after adoption of codes in other communities, especially events: You’ve been promoting Codes of Conduct for years. Why didn’t you adopt one of your own sooner? We dropped the ball in a big way here. We’ve known for at least two years that we needed a Code of Conduct internally. We’re sorry for the inexcusable delay. We thought it would be useful to other communities to discuss how this happened. Timeline May 2008: … Continue reading Code of Conduct timeline and postmortem

Is harassment in your community unwelcome? Adopt a Community Anti-Harassment Policy!

This article originally appeared on Geek Feminism. Last week, the Geek Feminism community announced that we’ve adopted a code of conduct in our community. Our code begins: The Geek Feminism (GF) community is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form. This code of conduct applies to all Geek Feminism sponsored spaces, including our blog, mailing lists, and wiki, as well as any other spaces that Geek Feminism hosts, both online and off. … Continue reading Is harassment in your community unwelcome? Adopt a Community Anti-Harassment Policy!

Quick hit: Google publishes their EEO-1 diversity data

This article originally appeared on Geek Feminism. As promised earlier this month, Google’s diversity data is now up on their blog. They write: We’ve always been reluctant to publish numbers about the diversity of our workforce at Google. We now realize we were wrong, and that it’s time to be candid about the issues. Put simply, Google is not where we want to be when it comes to diversity, and it’s hard to address these kinds of challenges if you’re not prepared to discuss them openly, and with the facts. Their numbers — globally — are 70% male, 30% female … Continue reading Quick hit: Google publishes their EEO-1 diversity data