Category Archives: Gender

Are Millennials Too Sensitive for Comedy? (No)

Pete Ludovice, a professor at Georgia Tech and comedian, and Charlie Bennett, a Georgia Tech librarian, had a conversation on their podcast Consilience about the sensitivity landscape of comedy. I enjoyed Charlie’s excellent questions to Pete as well as Pete sharing his personal experience and assessment of the evolution of comedy throughout the years. It might seem strange to say, but I also very much appreciated the reservation both of them had, as is usual for the podcast. Rare is it that a discussion of political correctness and comedy goes without lambasting young people for their feels or calling them buzzkills!

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People STILL don’t believe sexism is a problem in science, even when they see evidence

The title of this piece is one meta-level removed(1)And “Men” changed to “People” because I don’t entirely know if the comment I’m responding to in this post is from a man. from the original Washington Post article about, first, several studies showing the discrimination of women in STEM fields; and second, the frequent refusal in online comment threads about these papers for men to accept the findings.

I found the article on the subreddit /r/skeptic, which leans anti-progressive at times. It’s on the TAM, thunderf00t, Shermer side of the movement if anything(2)Those links don’t capture everything about the subject but do explain why I consider them on the anti-progressive side.. Therefore I was not surprised to see objections to the post. Some of them were healthy ones, critiquing the methodology of the meta-review of comment threads. But the conclusions from these critiques seemed to lean too closely to the Washington Post title of denial.

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“The Ratio” at Georgia Tech is about more than dating

I enjoy being a member of several smaller subreddits that have good communities, even despite the overarching policies I despise about Reddit itself. Particularly I like local subreddits, like /r/gatech and /r/atlanta. In these spaces the physical proximity serves to create a kinder environment, reinforced by positive, productive discussion about tangible locations and events in the area.

Of course that doesn’t mean I agree with everything I see, as is expected when perusing a space where anyone can say just about anything (AKA the internet). A particular post caught my eye yesterday and caused several reactions in me.

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Re: Free to Play

Valve, the company behind Steam and many extremely popular game franchises like Portal, Left 4 Dead, and Half-Life, created a documentary about the biggest esports tournament that had ever taken place before 2011. They both sponsored the tournament and created the game that was played: Defense of the Ancients 2 (or Dota 2).

The film was originally planned to be a simple documentary about the first tournament of its scale for the game, which was still in development at the time. After delving into three particular players’ backstories, however, the documentary makers and Valve decided to create a feature-length film that was released in March of 2014 and captured the essence of the growing space of esports.

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Masculinity is So Fragile Sometimes

On her blog Brute Reason, Miri wrote a fantastic post about an encounter she had with a jerk in Central Park:

“Excuse me miss–”

“No thank you, I’m not interested.”

“Whatever, bitch.”

He started to walk away towards a couple sitting on a bench, but I whipped around like a woman on fire.

“What did you just say to me?”

It’s happened plenty of times, but it still surprises me because it feels so far from where I’ve been. My voice came out clear and strong. I faced him, looked right at him, as the couple on the bench watched on.

“I asked if you’d donate to–”

“No, after that.”

“I said have a nice day.”

“Sure you did.”

The post’s title is “They Lie So Easily”, and she goes on to explain that this small example should be remembered when considering the immediate and stalwart denial of larger violations, like harassment, assault, and rape. It’s also full of beautiful photographs that serve an important purpose in the piece.

Without this post, I wouldn’t have thought twice about something I overheard that same evening…

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