Late last month, in the midst of several recent and prominent examples in the steady stream of stories about the challenges that women in the tech industry face, Complex.com published its list of “The 40 Hottest Women In Tech.” Tone deaf move, fellas! People were understandably upset. Maybe if it had been published a month or two earlier or later, a big website that caters explicitly to the libidos of straight dudes tossing up a list that ranks accomplished women on a scale of “hotness” would have just been another eye-rolling example of the sort of overt-yet-casual sexism that women in the industry (and many others) have to deal with on a regular basis. But the timing couldn’t have been worse. The author of the piece, Luke Winkie, went to The Daily Beast to explain why he’d taken the assignment and how, after his editors got their hands on it, it didn’t turn out the way that he’d planned.
Luke is my friend, and I know the position he was in: Dude is a young freelancer who got offered almost a month’s rent to write something that he knew was kind of shitty. He thought that he could make that shitty thing a little bit better (he wrote at the Beast that he “got the idea that maybe we could make a list called ‘The Hottest Women In Tech’ sound as earnest and empowering and good-hearted as it could possible be”), and then it didn’t work out. I’m not here to defend the guy – he can do that himself – but I can relate, because I had been in similar positions in the past. When you’re a straight, white, cisgender dude who benefits materially from living and working in a sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic society, it’s easy to overestimate the amount of power you have. Keep reading »
I am a single, 25-year-old woman who is still in graduate school. I can hardly see down the road to my next assignment deadline, or even what I’ll make for dinner. Yet the ongoing discourse about women in the workforce has me thinking (and generally pretty terrified) about the future.
In a New York Times article, “Woman in a Man’s World,” Irene Dorner, the chief executive of HSBC USA, shared her regrets about not pushing to change the status quo for more women than just herself while she climbed the finance ladder on Wall Street.
Like Sheryl Sandberg, whose book Lean In has received flack for telling women to be more aggressive, Dorner says there is a “sticky floor” problem in conjunction with the glass ceiling. She does not necessarily believe that women of Wall Street need to be more like men, but does highlight a difference… Keep reading »
“I guess I am a modern-day feminist. I do believe in equality. Why do you have to choose what type of woman you are? Why do you have to label yourself anything? I’m just a woman and I love being a woman… I do believe in equality and that we have a way to go and it’s something that’s pushed aside and something that we have been conditioned to accept. … I feel like Mrs. Carter is who I am, but more bold and more fearless than I’ve ever been. It comes from knowing my purpose and really meeting myself once I saw my child. I was like, ‘OK, this is what you were born to do’. The purpose of my body became completely different.”
– In a world of starlets and singers reluctant to use the “F-Word,” Beyoncé is a friggin’ breath of fresh air. She’s our kind of feminist: a smart, successful woman who also loves her family life. We love you, Bey! [Jezebel]
“There was a period in my life when I would have called myself a feminist, back in the seventies, when the feminist movement was really getting going and growing out of the counter culture of the sixties,’ he says. ‘But the feminist movement has changed. Sometime in the 80s and 90s I read some pieces by women saying that no man can ever be a feminist and you shouldn’t call yourself that because it’s hypocritical, so I backed off. I thought if the current crop of feminists believes that no man can be a feminist, then I guess I’m not one.”
– Game of Thrones creator George R. R. Martin spoke with the UK’s Telegraph about how positively women have responded to his books and the HBO series based on them, and, as a result, ended up “coming out” as a feminist. While it appears that he feels somewhat cagey about using the word because some feminists might not accept him, he goes on to articulate his obviously feminist views: “To me being a feminist is about treating men and women the same. I regard men and women as all human — yes there are differences, but many of those differences are created by the culture that we live in, whether it’s the medieval culture of Westeros, or 21st century western culture.” Indeed. Sounds like he’s a feminist to me. While there are certainly some women who are bothered by the at times gratuitous nudity on the show, “Game of Thrones” also has one of the most diverse casts of complex female characters on television, thanks to Martin’s vision. That’s cool in my book. [Telegraph UK]
Last week, the world met Susan A. Patton, Princeton grad of ’77, whose uber-snobbish letter to the editor of the Daily Princetonian was heard ’round the globe. Patton’s screed, penned to “the daughters I never had,” warned the young ladies of Princeton that they should find their husbands now, in college, because men in the rest of the world are morons. You can read the whole ridiculous shitshow here, including the part where Patton kvelled about how her son, a Princeton student (of course), would be quite a catch.
This week, much to her childrens’ consternation, Princeton Mom is still talking. Keep reading »
“All men should be feminists. If men care about women’s rights the world will be a better place.”
–John Legend totally gets it. We can’t expect real social change if we don’t also encourage men to participate in the process. Chrissy Teigen is one lucky lady. [Celebitchy]