The Brogrammer Problem: Keeping Geekery A Boys’ Club

“Men invented the internet! Because they were men! And manly! And they were geeks but they were male geeks! Because that’s what a geek is! A man!” Okay, that’s not actually what the New York Times article says, not even close. But it certainly seems to imply it, and in the second paragraph it seems…
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Defending Sexual Harassment

I had no idea there were actually people who would defend sexual harassment. Maybe I’m a little naive, but I really believe most people aren’t deliberately being sexist jerks when they make fun of a man for knitting, or a woman for working on an oil rig. There are these cultural norms, ya know? They…
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Underwear Mini-Golf Babies In Japan

I had a virus on my personal laptop over the weekend, and while I was running a virus scan I noticed a number of thoroughly bizarre file names in the temporary internet files folder. These files get automatically saved, I think, when you browse. I’m assuming most of the weird file names were from ads,…
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Booth Babes: Living In A Geek Boys’ World, Part 2

Look, it’s pretty girls in tight clothing at a tech trade show! Now tell me what product they’re selling. Or whether it matters. I’ve never been to a trade show, like the one shown at left, or to a convention. I would very much like to. At the same time, the prevalence of so-called “booth…
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Living In A Geek Boys’ World

I’m not really a girl gamer, because I’m not truly a gamer. I play video games, but only a very few of them, and most of them, I use more as a venue for socializing and storytelling than as games. Much has been made, however, of the gaming world’s treatment of women and minorities–often sexist,…
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