notes.husk.org. scribblings by Paul Mison.

2014-03-04

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Arunachalam Muruganantham training women to use his sanitary pad making machines, from the BBC Magazine article, The Indian sanitary pad revolutionary:

"Anyone with an MBA would immediately accumulate the maximum money. But I did not want to. Why? Because from childhood I know no human being died because of poverty - everything happens because of ignorance."

He believes that big business is parasitic, like a mosquito, whereas he prefers the lighter touch, like that of a butterfly. “A butterfly can suck honey from the flower without damaging it,” he says.

Arunachalam Muruganantham training women to use his sanitary pad making machines, from the BBC Magazine article, The Indian sanitary pad revolutionary:

"Anyone with an MBA would immediately accumulate the maximum money. But I did not want to. Why? Because from childhood I know no human being died because of poverty - everything happens because of ignorance."

He believes that big business is parasitic, like a mosquito, whereas he prefers the lighter touch, like that of a butterfly. “A butterfly can suck honey from the flower without damaging it,” he says.

2014-02-13

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“ I’m sure at some point a man in a black t-shirt with black rimmed spectacles will come along and make a Nest-style internet aware washing machine with one button labeled ‘clean’ in Helvetica and men who only wear jeans and black t-shirts will buy them for 2x the price of a normal washing machines regardless of cleaning ability, maintainability, and so on. ”
Toffee Milkshake critiques the awful Washing Machine for Men post on Medium. Again, it’s worth reading all of the Toffee Milkshake reaction. (The original post, less so.)

2014-01-27

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“ I asked myself what style we women could have adopted that would have been unmarked, like the men’s. The answer was none. There is no unmarked woman. ”
Deborah Tannen in Marked Women, Unmarked Men, originally published in the New York Times, 20 June, 1993.

2013-11-18

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“ Though we live at a time when the numbers of women who have gone into space finally exceeds the number of dogs that have gone into space, we still have a way to go to see our possibilities stretch “to infinity and beyond ”

2013-10-31

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“ Jeff Wilke, Amazon senior vice president, consumer business: “At Amazon, we lean in to challenge ourselves to develop as leaders by building things that matter. We solve problems in new ways and value calculated risk-taking; many decisions are reversible. Bold directions that inspire results help us to think differently and look around corners for ways to serve our customers.” That last statement manages to endorse Lean In without even bothering to mention women. ”

Susan Faludi on Lean In and Facebook Feminism, Like It or Not for The Baffler; in this paragraph, quoting one of the “platform partners" of the organisation listed on their web site.

She goes on:

Many of the high-level executives dispensing quotations are male—and a notable number of the female executives are in “communications,” “human resources,” or “diversity” posts. And funny—or not—how often professed “commitment” to women’s advancement fails to bear up under inspection. Run some Platform Partner names through databases that track legal cases, and you will find a bumper crop of recent or pending EEOC grievances and state and federal court actions involving sex discrimination, sexual harassment, pregnancy discrimination, unfair promotion policies, wrongful terminations, and gender-based retaliations against female employees.

The list of these in the article is… not short. Sigh.

2013-10-10

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IBM’s Plea for Gender Parity … in an Ad From 1985, from the Atlantic (both the print magazine, and the website).
As noted last week, the number of women computer programmers dropped at just around that time, as computing was getting more important. “Figures from the Computing Research Association Taulbee Survey indicate that less than 12% of Computer Science bachelor’s degrees were awarded to women at US PhD-granting institutions in 2010-11”, as Wikipedia says.

IBM’s Plea for Gender Parity … in an Ad From 1985, from the Atlantic (both the print magazine, and the website).

As noted last week, the number of women computer programmers dropped at just around that time, as computing was getting more important. “Figures from the Computing Research Association Taulbee Survey indicate that less than 12% of Computer Science bachelor’s degrees were awarded to women at US PhD-granting institutions in 2010-11”, as Wikipedia says.

2013-10-06

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“ I personally wasn’t able to imagine a culture of consent until I saw it. And now that I have seen it, I feel the need to share my story, so maybe others can imagine it too. ”
Modeling Consent, by Rebecca Flin for Disrupting Dinner Parties. I couldn’t find a good quotable part from later in the article, but it’s short, and sweet, and it contains kissing and a panda, and you should read it. (via iamdanw)

2013-10-04

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“ In the mid-1980s the new personal computers such as the Sinclair ZX Spectrum and the BBC Micro began to emerge. There was very little you could do on them except program in Basic or assembly code, or play the limited set of games that was available for them – mainly war games,” Professor Hall has observed. “As a result, they were marketed as toys for boys. ”

Professor Wendy Hall, quoted by Gillian Tett in the FT. via toffeemilkshake, who adds:

An interesting take on the usual story about a generation of coders having been weaned on the Speccy and BBC Micro.

2013-08-20

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“ The Mako Mori test is passed if the movie has: a) at least one female character; b) who gets her own narrative arc; c) that is not about supporting a man’s story. ”
chalia, in a long (and well worth reading) post about Pacific Rim, Mako Mori, and the Bechdel Test. Via The Daily Dot, which provides a little more context.

2013-08-02

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“ the continual cultural reinforcement that women are to be passive, never to fight back, argue, yell, or stand up for themselves is part of the reason that women don’t fight back, argue, yell, or stand up for themselves when they become victims of actual sexual violence. ”
Aja Romano on GQ’s coverage of One Direction and their fans for the Daily Dot.

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