Class-splaining is just a symptom.

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Not only are there problems with empathy in terms of race and gender, but it seems anything outside of one’s experience is an excuse to put on a superior tone and lecture others. I understand that sometimes being an objective outsider can provide a fresh perspective. Yet that tends to be a different dynamic – participatory, supportive – from positioning oneself as omniscient and higher-caliber than the unwashed masses. Continue reading “Class-splaining is just a symptom.”

White, Male Privilege Illustrated

Swedish artist, Emanu, published a cartoon that perfectly illustrates white, male privilege. You can probably throw straight and cisgendered into the mix, as well.

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This post isn’t really about white, male privilege. There’s plenty about it in other posts on this site, as well as the website for my MA project. Nope, this is about tracking down the artist. Continue reading “White, Male Privilege Illustrated”

Macklemore’s joyous, upbeat anthem marred by sexism, racial stereotypes of women of colour

Macklemore, amazingly outspoken proponent of marriage equality has dropped the ball. Minutes ago, his latest video, for “Downtown”, was posted on Facebook. I clicked, expecting something fun with a good beat. On that count, I was not disappointed. The music is fun, with a full and joyous sound, reminiscent of the era in which scooters and big, theatrical dance numbers were common. The colour palette of the cinematography supports the retro feel.

Something that should not be brought back from the past, however, is the idea that women are only good for eye and arm candy, and that black women are acceptable because “…I like a big girl, I like ’em sassy.”

Continue reading “Macklemore’s joyous, upbeat anthem marred by sexism, racial stereotypes of women of colour”

Seeking Female Software Developer

A line of stylised human figures with circuit board patterns running through them. The figure in front appears to be a female-presenting person in business attire.

This morning, an acquaintance I’ve known for several years approached me about a software development position, one that would manage a small, off-shore team of app developers. I replied that, though I had experience managing teams remotely, I myself am not a software developer. I was, however, happy to spread the word about the position.

Then I stopped. Wait – why a female developer? His answer: “It’s a beauty services company.” Continue reading “Seeking Female Software Developer”

Electronic Arts continues to push women into the background

Considering that films which pass the Bechdel Test actually make more money, why have video game manufacturers not yet grokked the implications of this?

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Despite being the parent company of BioWare, a company renowned for its inclusive character designs and storylines, Electronic Arts apparently still hasn’t copped on to the fact that women like to play video games.  Yes, even – and in many cases, especially – science fiction/fantasy and action-based games.

As a prior Marine, I personally LOVE to blow sh** up.  As a geek, being immersed in a world populated by magic, dragons, and swords is absolutely one of my favourite pastimes.  I’ll soon be diving into the Mass Effect franchise for the first time; I’m all about spaceships.

Have I mentioned here that I used to work at Industrial Light + Magic, George Lucas’s special effects company?  Indeed, I’ve worked on – an am even in, way back in a crowd scene, about the size of a single pixel – one of the Star Wars movies.  While my work history may be somewhat unique, my passion for geekery is not.   Continue reading “Electronic Arts continues to push women into the background”

Lurching toward equality

Is the glass half empty or or half full?

In discussing whether the world is improving or getting more awful every day, it’s quite common for people to state their belief in the latter. In part this is because it’s easier to begin a conversation from the common ground of what two or more individuals reject. Defining what we are not can be a much quicker path to camaraderie than defining what we are. Avoiding danger is a survival mechanism, the neural wiring of which leads us to give more weight to the negative despite realising that positive focus is better for long-term health and happiness. Continue reading “Lurching toward equality”