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An Open Letter to Intel regarding their support of #GamerGate

Mon, 13 Oct 2014 02:54:53 +0000

Dear Intel, Recently your actions regarding #GamerGate have come to my attention. First you you pulled Gamasutra’s advertising campaign specifically because of complaints from supporters of GamerGate (and then disingenuously tried to claim you weren’t “taking sides”) and then your twitter account, @intelgaming, was documented favorting tweets supporting Intel’s decision to support GamerGate by pulling Continue reading



Some Good Reasons to Avoid Adobe CC

Tue, 03 Jun 2014 10:39:00 +0000

When Adobe CC (aka. Adobe Creative Cloud) first came out I was intrigued. As someone in software design myself, I am not inherently opposed to a monthly/yearly licensing system, although I believe it needs to be done right and it has to be an option provided alongside the traditional “buy this software once, own it Continue reading



On slut-shaming, deleting comments, and respectful discourse

Thu, 03 Mar 2011 13:36:20 +0000

ETA 2011/03/06: It turns out that my comments were marked as spam, not deleted; they have now been published. For some reason Blogspot, unlike WordPress (which most of my experience is with), displays your comment as properly posted after you hit the “post comment” button, even when it’s been marked as spam. I’m leaving the Continue reading



This is why I hardly read blogs anymore

Sun, 31 Oct 2010 03:48:50 +0000

In the past year the amount of (feminist) blogs that I read regularly, or even on an occasional basis, has shrunk to fit on one hand. Literally, aside from keeping up with Iris, the only blogs I regularly read are Hoyden About Town, The Border House, Geek Feminism, Sociological Images, and Shakesville. That’s it. There Continue reading



New post at Better by Design

Sun, 29 Aug 2010 05:38:43 +0000

Just posting here to let everyone know that I’ve written a post about sexism in Stardock’s new game Elemental: War of Magic over at Better by Design: Stardock’s Elemental and what it says about the state of games Here’s an excerpt: The Unit Design chooses facial features (eyes, face shape, skin color, etc) randomly, but Continue reading



Moved to WPMU

Wed, 25 Aug 2010 02:04:43 +0000

Some of you might notice that the blog has a new look; this is because I’ve moved over to WPMU and am using the new default WordPress theme. Still busy with school, still no time to blog, though. Sorry! PS. For the first time in the blog’s history I’ve enabled user registration, so if you’re Continue reading



Brian Ashcraft, let me do your homework for you

Wed, 07 Apr 2010 15:14:32 +0000

In Kotaku’s grand tradition of shoddy reporting and lack of any decent research, Brian Ashcraft has written an impassioned but so supremely hypocritical article on the RapeLay controversy (link roundup) that I felt compelled to briefly bring this blog temporary out of retirement in order to take it down. Since this topic is triggering, the Continue reading



Ableism is not feminism. Spread the word.

Fri, 09 Oct 2009 08:18:14 +0000

I know this blog is in retirement (my internet time these days is practically nill), but when I saw Meloukhia’s An Open Letter to Feministing (hat-tip: Hoyden About Town) I had to cosign it. Yes, it’s that important.



Update on AmazonFail

Wed, 15 Apr 2009 01:49:11 +0000

First off, it has been noted that the de-ranking wasn’t limited to GLBT issues and erotica, but also notably affected books on disability and sexuality as well as feminist books, books on sexuality, and books on topics such as suicide prevention and rape. In terms of the massive PR fail that has been going on, Continue reading



Amazon censors women and queer people

Mon, 13 Apr 2009 01:24:55 +0000

So, I’m sure everyone has heard by now, but Amazon has recently made the decision to remove the sales rankings of so-called “adult” books in order to ensure that they don’t show up in some searches (like the default search) and bestseller lists. Their rationale? The censoring books primarily written by and for queer people Continue reading