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Mary is a Sydneysider, a mother, a feminist activist for women in tech, and an erstwhile computer scientist. She co-founded a women-in-tech non-profit, the Ada Initiative, where she presently works. Mary also writes for Geek Feminism, and, when there's no other suitable venue, for her own blog

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  1. anneke
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    Just delurking to say thank you tigtog, thank you Lauredhel, thank you Hoydens all. HaT often makes me laugh, sometimes makes me cry, but always makes me think. This blog is the best.

  2. tigtog
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    Thanks, Anneke! It’s nice to hear from the lurkers once in a while.

    Om nom nom otter cake – yum.

  3. tigtog
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    Ha – a little bit of tangential trivia in a Thread of Doom I’m currently reading (thread not relevant thus not linking): a hierarchy of stench.

    There are degrees of stinkiness, with words to describe them, now lost to time, here, after being useful in the days of no running water in many houses. Just a general odor would be called “gamey.” A strong odor with a reach of several feet was called a “pong.” An overbearing odor was a “stink,” somewhat like a skunk— and those unfortunate persons existed.

    Works nicely with the I/you/they irregular grammar display: “I am gamey, you pong, they stink”.

  4. su
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    Happy Blogoversary!

  5. Mindy
    Mindy at |

    Happy Blogiversary TT. Thank you so much for starting Hoyden. Thank you also for introducing me to Lauredhel’s writing. I have learnt a lot from you both over the years and look forward to years more [and all the other HaT authors and guests too.]

  6. Chally
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    Hey, happy blogiversary! I’ve been reading for three years and it still feels like a group of friends sitting around having a nice cup of tea. :)

  7. Helen
    Helen at |

    Happy blogiversary to all of us, and thank you TT/Lauredhel for making me a contributor.

    I could not stand to put a knife into that otter cake! It’s too lovely.

  8. WildlyParenthetical
    WildlyParenthetical at |

    Congratulations, Tigtog – what an amazing achievement. Thanks to you and Lauredhel for setting this place up (I should go back and work out the timeline on that one, as I’ve never been entirely clear!!), and for making space for some of the amazing bloggers and commenters I’ve encountered here.

  9. Eden
    Eden at |

    Happy Blogiversary! So glad this blog is on the net.

  10. Beppie
    Beppie at |


    *serves drinks*

  11. Aqua, of the Questioners
    Aqua, of the Questioners at |

    Congratulations and many happy returns to the Hoydens!

    That’s a gorgeous cake.

    It feels like a bit of an intrusion in the celebrations, but since it is the Otterday open thread and you invite rants, here goes: (warning for explicit offinsive language, including in the link)

    Stilgherrian (his real, legal, entire name) wrote a rant about being banned from Google+ for not having an acceptably normal-looking name. The anger is IMHO entirely justified, but apparently the strongest word he knows to express his displeasure is “cunt”. Some commenters complained, and I really don’t think his explanation helps at all:

    Some people think I shouldn’t use the word “cunt”. I disagree. The English language provides a glorious spectrum of tools for expressing our anger, if anger is precisely the right word here — we also have fury, rage, outrage, ire, pique, vexation, wrath etc. I chose the word quite deliberately because this is for me a fundamental, nuclear-grade screw-up on Google’s part.

    So am I to infer that an intimate part of my anatomy (but not his, I assume), far less offensive and bothersome to me than my arsehole, is in his eyes, “a fundamental, nuclear-grade screw-up”?

  12. tigtog
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    I noticed that post too, Aqua, and felt much the same as you. I didn’t mind any of the other ranting swearing he did in the post, but there were already so many people objecting to that in terms of ‘cunt’ as just one of the collection of his “bad words” that it seemed like specifically addressing his use of ‘cunt’ on that post would be lost in the noise.

  13. Aqua, of the Questioners
    Aqua, of the Questioners at |

    I just can’t even make sense of what “cunt” is meant to mean other than “really, really, really bad person” in a sentence like Note here that I’m giving you the opportunity to lie and pretend that you did actually send such an email and that you didn’t simply act like cunts and suspend service. If this is meant to reflect some kind of real-world property of women and/or their anatomy, I’m at a loss to follow the metaphor.

    And I agree that trying to address the misogyny in his comments would have been lost in the noise.

  14. Mindy
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    I really wish that word didn’t mean a part of female anatomy because it is such a good word for a really beyond ordinary awful person or act. Short, punchy one-syllable that isn’t really conveyed by any other word now that fuck is so common place. But I can’t like it because of it dual meanings.

    On other things, I’m really enjoying the Rugby World Cup, despite knowing almost nothing about Rugby. I am astounded at the size of Samo, he made the rugby ball look tiny in his huge hand, running along fending opposition players off with the other hand. I am also loving the haka. I was beside myself Friday night when Tonga did their own version and was about to give them the win based purely on the haka, but then New Zealand pulled out a really fantastic one. Australia really needs something better than Aussie Aussie Aussie Oi Oi Oi. Sigh. Excuse me while I go surrender my passport.

    For those of you who missed it, I think this is it.

  15. Susan
    Susan at |

    Happy blogiversary!

  16. orlando
    orlando at |

    This thread inspired me to toddle off to the archives to try and figure out when it was I started reading/commenting (yes, it’s all about ME). I came across this piece about Hockey saying something sexist about Gillard, when it was all about workplace legislation. Feels kind of funny to look back on, now so much has happened that we couldn’t have guessed.

    Thank you, tigtog and everyone else, for being here.

  17. WildlyParenthetical
    WildlyParenthetical at |

    Thanks for that, Mary – what an amazing history of amazing women… compiled by an amazing woman! So much amazingness!

  18. Jo Tamar
    Jo Tamar at |

    Congratulations tigtog – and thanks for providing this space :)

    And thanks to everyone who contributes – authors, guest posters and commenters – for making it what it is.

  19. doubleantandre
    doubleantandre at |

    Hmm – something wrong with the computer at home and I couldn’t leave my message on Saturday morning, or any of the many times I tried again over the weekend.

    Happy Hoyden-iversary!! Congratulations and thank you tigtog. This is my go-to page for discussions of news/current affairs/politics/tv, you name it.

  20. Angelika
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    wow – my felicitations/italian auguri and happy Hoyden-anniversary !

    (confession : i have a blog-crush on your “have a random Hoyden” and this cuteoverload otter)

    greetz & cheers

  21. Deborah
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    The week has gotten away on me, and I have only just gotten back here now to say congratulations, and thank you. HaT is a great blog, and a great community, and I love being able to participate in it. And thank you tt, and Lauredhel, for the care you have taken with respect to a friend of mine in recent months.

  22. tigtog
    tigtog at |

    Oh, this is a fun kerfuffle: a fake staff profile for “Dr Conan T. Barbarian, B.A.(Cimmeria) Ph.D. (UCD). F.T.C.D. (Long Room Hub Associate Professor in Hyborian Studies and Tyrant Slaying).” at Trinity College Dublin.

    “In 2011/12, he will be teaching on the following courses: ‘The Relevance of Crom in the Modern World’, ‘Theories of Literature’, ‘Vengeance for Beginners’, ‘Deciphering the Riddle of Steel’ and ‘D.H. Lawrence’.

    (via @drnaomi on Twitter)

  23. tigtog
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    *eyeroll alert* massive not-getting-it and condescension in comments responding to Clementine Ford’s very funny rant over at The Drum

  24. Mindy
    Mindy at |

    Huge sections of the crowd at the Tigers v Warriors game have just done the Haka and brought me completely undone.

  25. The Amazing Kim
    The Amazing Kim at |

    Though I mostly lurk now, I really appreciate this blog. Congratulations on 6 / 10 tenths of a decade!

  26. The Amazing Kim
    The Amazing Kim at |

    Eh, got my letters and numbers mixed up there. Sudden outbreak of the necrotising algebras.

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