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shadowspar: An angry anime swordswoman, looking as though about to smash something (sabre - angry face)
Thursday, February 13th, 2014 21:54
While clearing out my stash of old writing/blogging, I found this lengthy comment that I wrote back in November. It's a reply to the 2.39x1014th round of clueless dudes opining on why there are so few women in STEM without bothering to have done even the most preliminary of research.

Might as well save this reply for posterity; dollars to doughnuts says I'll have the chance to roll it out again all too soon.

Here's an archived version of Mika Schiller's post, if for some reason you are wont to subject yourself to it.
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shadowspar: Picture of Kurama lashing out with a rose whip (kurama - rose whip)
Monday, December 30th, 2013 08:22

I am just now starting to come up to speed on the Ani DiFranco / plantation retreat thing, but...

If somebody says that a given person's slaves were "probably well treated for the time", and the insidious depravity of that statement doesn't immediately thump you on the head, perhaps this quote will help put it in perspective:

The cells of the Inquisition were, as a rule, large, airy, clean and with good windows admitting the sun. They were, in those respects, far superior to the civil prisons of that day.

That from the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica's article on Thomas Torquemada[trigger warning].


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shadowspar: Picture of Kurama lashing out with a rose whip (kurama - rose whip)
Monday, July 12th, 2010 17:55

Dudes are always wringing their hands and saying stuff like

I AM COMPLETELY BEWILDERED BY THE FACT THAT THERE ARE SO FEW WOMEN IN TECHNOLOGY

or

I CANNOT FATHOM WHY MORE WOMEN DO NOT GET INVOLVED IN STARTUPS
CLEARLY, AN IMPENETRABLE MYSTERY!

and then they post or retweet stuff like this:

<startupnorth> RT @hnshah: 5 ways engineers are like hot chicks http://kiss.ly/cfVvO8

Gee there, dudebros, I wonder whatever could be the problem?