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History is, strictly speaking, the study of questions; the study of answers belongs to anthropology and sociology.
W. H. Auden
If it’s far away, it’s news, but if it’s close at home, it’s sociology.
By Orlando on October 23, 2013
As a follow-up to Ada Lovelace Day, a series of photos in the Guardian of “Inspiring Women in Science and Technology”. Please find within it a picture of my wonderful, brilliant friend Lauren, who does remarkable things with exotic plants at Kew gardens, along with thirteen other women working in STEM fields. Related posts: Friday […]
By tigtog on October 22, 2013
Education campaigns dispelling the traditional ignorance perpetuating rape myths that allow rapists to get away with making “commonsense” excuses work. Victim-blaming doesn’t work.
By Orlando on October 21, 2013
Via Rebecca Watson’s twitter ( she was interviewed for the article), an article from R.Tod Kelly in the Daily Beast about the history and current state of the Men’s Rights Movement in North America (all the expected content notes apply).
By Mindy on October 16, 2013
According to Matt Cowgill, potentially yes, but there aren’t any good reasons to do so.
By tigtog on October 16, 2013
It’s been ages since I linked to Margot McGowan’s ReelGirl blog, and I thought I’d rectify that.
By tigtog on October 16, 2013
It was the fourth Ada Lovelace Day on Tuesday this week (juuuust missed posting on the day), celebrating women’s achievements in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) fields. Did you go to any Ada Lovelace Day events this year? Tell us about it if you did.
By Mindy on October 12, 2013
Is the new Opal card all it is cracked up to be and could it end up costing you more?
By shonias on October 10, 2013
TW: Discussions of rape culture and child sexual abuse The 21st annual Ernie awards were held at NSW Parliament House last night, and for the first time I was there for the … festivities? It’s a fun night, but also a little arduous. It’s fantastic to be in room with 400 (nearly all) women, to […]
By Mindy on October 4, 2013
Are your shoes stopping you from buying a house?
By Orlando on September 19, 2013
In honour of annual Talk Like a Pirate Day, this week’s Friday Hoyden is being brought forward a day, and is the fearsome pirate admiral, Madame Ching Shih.
By Mary on September 18, 2013
The stated intent of Zoe’s Law is to allow separate prosecution of injury to a fetus, following the death of Zoe Donegan (stillborn at 32 weeks gestation) in 2009 after Zoe’s mother Brodie was hit by a van. However, the bill has been introduced by an anti-abortion politician, and there are grave concerns about its potential interpretation, particularly “an unborn child is taken to be a living person”. Coalition and ALP members have been granted a conscience vote on Zoe’s law.
By tigtog on September 17, 2013
Pax Dickinson, whose employment as CTO at Business Insider was abruptly terminated when the board’s attention was drawn to some of his bigoted jackass tweets and the potential liability risk they could present to the company, had an interview in nymag entitled Pax Dickinson on His Regrets, the Media ‘Witch Hunt,’ and What Women Need to Understand About Men (so not doubling down in any way at all) where Pax shares his fear that “turning [tech] into a politically correct wasteland” will take away “the freewheeling nature of [tech that] leads to innovation [which is] really important to this country and to the world”.
Matt Yglesias calls bullshit…
By Orlando on September 13, 2013
This month, Dublin City Council voted to name the new bridge over the river Liffey ‘Rosie Hackett Bridge’. This was in response to a huge campaign from Dubliners, mostly women, who felt Rosie was due a decent and long-lasting public memorial. All of the 16 previously existing bridges in the city are named after men. Rosie Hackett was a pioneering trade unionist who co-founded the Irish Women Workers’ Union (IWWU) in 1911.