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No skin thick enough: The daily harassment of women in the game industry | Polygon

http://www.polygon.com/2014/7/22/5926193/women-gaming-harassment

Fantastic piece, and yet another look into the hell women have to put up with in gaming, tech, and just about any related ‘forward-thinking’ industry. A must-read.

Case in anecdotal point: In my decade working in tech, I have never had my home address publicly outed or been threatened with having my “mouth raped shut” just because I expressed an opinion, and I haven’t met or heard of a single man who has.

But I stopped counting the number of women I’ve met who _have_ experienced all this, and far more, because it’s depressing to the point of being painful.

The bad behaviors, like everything, get magnified too much by social media. I mean, last week in Italy people were asking me about Google buses, protests and what is wrong with the tech industry. I don’t know what is wrong except that the social norms and behaviors of players are different. The world looks at the gratuitous amount of profits made by a company like Google, and juxtaposes it against the lack of hope for a majority of the planet.

Is it really a tech bubble, or is it something else? — GigaOM

No, Nate, brogrammers may not be macho, but that’s not all there is to it — Technology and Society — Medium

https://medium.com/technology-and-society/2f1fe84c5c9b

In the context of Nate Silver’s response to criticism that he’s hired a mostly white male staff for the FiveThirtyEight relaunch, Zeynep Tufekci uses French social theory and Dr. Seuss to explain why many culture groups, especially white-male-dominated tech, have an exclusionary blind spot.

You, the users, are just along for the ride. You’re just eyeballs. Body parts and ad-targeting data. Google doesn’t care about you at all. You’ve tolerated enough already that it’s pretty clear you’re not really going anywhere.

Marco Arment on Google’s latest terrible Google+ idea: Hey Let’s Make It Easier For Complete Strangers To Email But Totally Not Harass You

I did it. Day-to-day, I am Google-free. I’ve found alternatives for everything I used to use at Google and I am largely happier for it. My Google Apps account for personal work projects is still laying around, but it’s not doing anything and as soon as I’ve squared everything away, I will delete it.

You deserve better. We all do.