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Tinder Exec Resigns Following Sexual Harassment Settlement

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  • Tinder CMO Justin Mateen has resigned from the company after the company and its owner IAC settled a sexual harassment lawsuit by a former employee and romantic interest. Whitney Wolfe, an early employee at Tinder, said she was pressured to resign after she complained about sexist and inappropriate messages from Mateen. The amount of the settlement was undisclosed. [USA Today; NBC News]
  • Resident advisors at Barnard College at Columbia University were asked to sign a “training expectations” contact which asked them to dress with “no belly, no butts, no bras.” [Feministing]
  • Poetry by the late Maya Angelou has been made into a hip-hop album. [The Grio] Keep reading »

Only 30 Percent Women: Google Releases Data About Their (Lack Of) Diversity

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  • Google released information yesterday about diversity within its workforce — and if you guessed that the majority of their employees “white” and “male,” you win a prize! According to data from January 2014 onward, 70 percent of its workforce are men and 30 percent are women. Sixty-one percent are white, 30 percent are Asian, three percent are Hispanic, and two percent are Black. “[W]e’re the first to admit that Google is miles from where we want to be—and that being totally clear about the extent of the problem is a really important part of the solution,” they wrote in the post. While I agree there is much to be improved, I commend Google about their transparency. [Google Official Blog] Keep reading »

“CodeBabes” Is A Thing That Exists To Teach Internet Coding

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  • Please tell me CodeBabes is a joke. Please. [Washington Post]
  • Fuckin’ Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia isn’t fucking happy about “ladies” using the fucking “F-word.” He probably shouldn’t watch this week’s episode of Funny Girl Sex Guide… [TIME]
  • Pap smears may be going the way of the dinosaurs. (No, not an asteroid hitting your cervix.) [Jezebel]
  • When choosing a college, maybe students should check out how the administration handles sexual assault accusations. [Guardian UK] Keep reading »

Tech Conference Features Booth Babes In A Tee Pee, Because Of Course It Does

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  • Holy cultural appropriation, nerds! Last week, a tech company erected a teepee at a conference and hired models to dress in faux Native American garb while they hung around outside it. [Indian Country Today Media Network]
  • On the scientific quest to prove bisexuality exists. [NY Times Magazine]
  • Meet Dorothy Irene Height, a feminist and “godmother of the civil rights movement,” and today’s Google Doodle. [Washington Post]
  • The Supreme Court takes up Hobby Lobby’s lawsuit tomorrow, in which the store argues they should not have to provide insurance coverage for birth control. [New York Times] Keep reading »

TechCrunch Conference Apologizes For Australians’ Titstare App

TechCrunch Conference Apologizes For Australians' Titstare App

The technology blog TechCrunch apologized on Sunday for sexist and juvenile behavior at their TechCrunch Disrupt 2013 conference after a pair of Australians debuted a new app called Titstare and another presentor pretended to jerk off onstage.  Keep reading »

#IAskedPolitely And Was Told I Was Overreacting To Sexual Harassment

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Adria Richards fired after tweeting about sexual jokes at tech conference. Read More »
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There’s a new Twitter hashtag #IAskedPolitely chronicling all the times that women have spoken up about sexual harassment/sexual situations in the workplace and not a single thing changed. It’s come about following “Donglegate,” the incident I wrote about earlier this week in which former SendGrid developer evangelist Adria Richards tweeted a picture of a guy who was cracking sexualized jokes at a recent tech conference. The incident has spurred a huge debate about sexism in tech, privacy, and professionalism — both sides convinced the other is just being butthurt. I won’t wade too deeply into the critiques, although I linked to some in Today’s Lady News on Friday. But I did want to point out the #IAskedPolitely hashtag, which is turning into a list of all the awful things that have been said to women who’ve spoken up about sexism in the workplace. You have no sense of humor! It must be your period! You’re overreacting! Of course that’s the reason. No, no, no, it couldn’t be that sexist culture is f**ked up. [Twitter.com #IAskedPolitely]

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