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.
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.
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.
Print a few copies, keep them in your bag for friends and family gatherings. Review it periodically. And find a way to get less alienated.