Friday, April 3, 2015

Friday Reading



5 Ways The Gaming Industry Is Way More Sexist Than You Think
by Mark Hill,  Brianna Wu,  Amanda Warner,  Katie Williams
Every time an industry dominated by one gender starts to become more diverse, the transition period is bumpy. Female politicians were dismissed by their opponents, women soldiers had to fight for their right to fight, and male flight attendants were ridiculed for their passion for infuriatingly tiny peanut bags. Now the video game industry is going through that same rough transition, so we spoke to a few women in the industry about it: Brianna Wu and Amanda Warner of indie game developer Giant Spacekat, game journalist Katie Williams, and another journalist who shall go unnamed for now, presumably because she understands how dumb the Internet can be about this stuff.
Read More at Cracked


A Gutsy Tribute to the Heroes and Heroines of American Labor: Barbara Kopple’s ‘Harlan County, USA’
by Rachael Johnson 
Directed with great spirit and empathy by Barbara Kopple, the documentary, Harlan County, U.S.A. (1976) is the story of an eventful strike in eastern Kentucky. The 13-month-long Brookside Strike (1973-4), as it was called, involved 180 miners from the Duke Power-owned Eastover Mining Company’s Brookside Mine in Harlan County. The film chronicles the miners’ fight to join the United Mine Workers of America, a move prohibited by the mining company when they refuse to sign the contract. Their hard struggle for representation, better wages and working conditions is lived and portrayed as a collective one. The men are joined on the picket lines by their wives who play a central role in the story. Their dramatic journey is understood and depicted as a deeply personal and political one.
Read More at Bitch Flicks


How to Participate in the Movement When You’re in a Funk
by Maisha Z. Johnson
The march began near my house, and according to Twitter, it was coming closer. I could easily meet up with the crowd within fifteen minutes. 
But the only thing that seemed “easy” – or even doable – was pressing my face against my pillow. Even getting out of bed felt impossible. So that night, my contribution was nothing more than scrolling through my phone, watching the banners go by in Twitpics while feeling guilty for not doing “enough.”
Read More at Black Girl Dangerous


Dude Social Fallacies
Dude Social Fallacies can be roughly divided into three groups: fallacies about sex, fallacies about women’s behavior and fallacies about the man’s own behavior.
Read More at SPC Snaptags


The Audacity of ‘Somali Studies’
by Cawo M. Abdi
The recent #CadaanStudies controversy that pitted a German anthropologist, Dr. Markus Hoehne, against young Somali researchers, students and professionals led by Safia Aidid, a Somali-Canadian doctoral student at Harvard, prompted a frenzied debate about the state and future of Somali studies. The trigger for this controversy stemmed from the absence of any Somalis from the editorial board of a recently created Journal of Somaliland Studies. And amidst the brouhaha, the lack of Somali voices on a journal about Somalia remains one critical issue, which is about much more than Markus Hoehne and Somalia.
Read More at Africa is a Country


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