What Women Want: Bylines, by Allie Jones writing in The Atlantic Wire
Whoa! A good old fashioned angry feminist manifesto from Shanley over at Medium via: An Open Letter to Women in Technology. Some strong words coming out of the tech industry. It seems to me there is some serious feminist agitation happening in the tech world these days, something I point out in my essay, Twilight of the Patriarchs in the latest issue of Eighteen Bridges magazine. To wit:
[T]ech and gaming [are] two bastions of male ‘brogrammer’ culture. But tech is also a young person’s industry, meaning an entire generation of female twenty-somethings entering the field are experiencing good-old fashioned sexism first hand and are, unsurprisingly, not standing for it.
Goes to show. Even in 2013 good old-fashioned sexism will be met with good old-fashioned fire-breathing feminism.
More from the interview:
What’s the reception been like since you started your site?
I’ve had emails from people blaming the victims, saying they shouldn’t have taken the pictures and that running my site is a waste of time. But most of the contact is overwhelmingly supportive and it’s been amazing to speak to other victims. Danielle Citron is a law professor at the University of Maryland who’s writing a book on cyber harassment and she calls this the beginning of a cyber civil rights movement. Another law professor from the University of Miami has been working with me to draft legislation to propose at a federal and state level across the nation.
Kudos to Vice for the implicit support the magazine is showing for victims of revenge porn by running this interview. Unfortunately it’s pretty evident from the comments sections that Vice could really better quality of readers.
The porn industry, Dines says, actually controls much of the discourse around sex. To limit that control, she argues, doesn’t restrict “free speech”. “The question is: Do we want to have broader debates and a broader discourse about sex, or do we want the pornographers to control it?”
Iceland’s work to phase out the sex industry has been done, not on a puritanical or moralistic basis, but, is simply based on the belief that “it is not acceptable that women or people in general are a product to be sold”.”
Fascinating piece on Iceland from Al-Jazeera. The country is seriously walking the walk in its commitment to fostering sexual equality in its culture. Iceland has actually criminalized the purchase of sex, legislated that all corporation’s boards must be 40% female and banned strip clubs. Now they are considering a ban on hardcore pornography.
What’s more: these initiatives are working.