I now believe the most dangerous time for a woman with online visibility is the point at which others are seen to be listening, “following”, “liking”, “favoriting”, retweeting. In other words, the point at which her readers have (in the troll’s mind) “drunk the Koolaid”. Apparently, that just can’t be allowed.
From the hater’s POV, you (the Koolaidserver) do not “deserve” that attention. You are “stealing” an audience. From their angry, frustrated point of view, the idea that others listen to you is insanity. From their emotion-fueled view you don’t have readers you have cult followers. That just can’t be allowed.
You must be stopped. And if they cannot stop you, they can at least ruin your quality of life.
My heart hurts reading this. It hurts for Kathy Sierra, and other women in tech I know who’ve experienced stalking and nude photoshopping and threats. And hurts from the fact this problem persists, and I don’t see the way to fixing it.
A thing that I would have never thought to do: stocking the women’s restrooms with tampons and sanitary towels. Sounds useful!
Many women said that it wasn’t motherhood alone that did in their careers. Rather, it was the lack of flexible work arrangements, the unsupportive work environment, or a salary that was inadequate to pay for childcare. As Rebecca, a former motion graphics designer, put it, “Motherhood was just the amplifier. It made all the problems that I’d been putting up with forever actually intolerable.”There may be work to do on the pipeline, but the pipeline isn’t the problem. Women are leaving tech because they’re unhappy with the work environment, not because they have lost interest in the work.
An important read for anyone interested in retaining women in tech.
I find it interesting that in the larger phones, not only is the “natural” area smaller, you actually lose the portion of the left border that was previously natural. I don’t have a super large phone to compare, but I wonder what that looks like in the person’s hand. Or how usable a 6+ is in the hands of someone with smaller hands.
I’m a little worried that completely unsubstantiated rumours about the new Nexus are that it’ll rival the iPhone 6 in size. I already have a pretty tough time with my Galaxy Nexus, and it’s no where near these sizes. But, I definitely need a new phone, and although there are some reasonable options that aren’t Nexus phones (oneplus one, perhaps), it hardly makes any sense to go Android and not go Nexus.
I can finally understand and appreciate why I’ve watched so many games journalists walk away from all this — and, bless them, you usually never have to hear about it.
Jenn Frank on leaving the games industry.
I did a thing :D
After listening to the woman who wrote the #2 Computer Science book on Amazon, about coding and technical interview skills, people have still assumed she’s a recruiter. Some rando asshole on the internet called her an “incapable coder” who didn’t “deserve the level of respect she expects”, demanded she prove herself, and even tried to give her career advice (buddy, she literally wrote the book on programming interviews and has had a more successful career so far than you could ever dream of).
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