Women in Technology - Friday Links 26 June 2020

Jun 26, 2020

It is finally Friday and it’s my first time at WIT Friday Links.

 

Luckily for you, today’s links have been curated by none other than last Wednesday’s very special guest, Angela Saini, Science journalist & author: https://www.angelasaini.co.uk/

 

If you didn’t manage to join the ‘Racism in Science and Society - Angela Saini in conversation’ event, you have until Monday 29 June (5pm CEST) to watch it:
https://youtu.be/QyefqMWF0RY?t=7    

 

Over to you now Angela!

In a passionate blogpost written in 2011 Flavia Dzodan expressed why her feminism would be intersectional. It's worth reading this powerful message once again in the midst of global Black Lives Matter protests http://tigerbeatdown.com/2011/10/10/my-feminism-will-be-intersectional-or-it-will-be-bullshit/

 

For a great rundown of what intersectionality means, hear from the brilliant Kimberlé Crenshaw: https://www.law.columbia.edu/news/archive/kimberle-crenshaw-intersectionality-more-two-decades-later

 

One of the problems of 'white feminism' in the past and today has been a habit of essentialising femininity, and placing boundaries around what it means to be a woman. In the fight for women's rights and gender justice, it takes care to not fall into the trap of failing to acknowledge that all women are different. There is no such thing as a 'typical female'. I highly recommend this article by Heather Shattuck-Heidorn and Sarah S. Richardson, which explores the reasons why a focus on sex differences between men and women isn't always wise: https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2019/05/30/focusing-differences-between-sexes-is-leading-medical-researchers-astray/

More from them here: https://www.pnas.org/content/112/44/13419

And here: https://www.genderscilab.org/blog/interview-heather-shattuck-heidorn

 

Here, Sarah Richardson and her colleagues explain why genome studies must take account of history: https://science.sciencemag.org/content/366/6472/1461.1.full

 

To understand how sex and gender work, I know of no better scholar than Anne Fausto-Sterling. Her classic book Sexing the Body is being re-released in an updated edition this year. I feel it should be required feminist reading: https://www.basicbooks.com/titles/anne-fausto-sterling/sexing-the-body/9781541672895/

 

Other great recent books on the dangers of gender essentialism:

https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/111/1114075/the-gendered-brain/9781784706814.html

https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/daphna-joel-phd/gender-mosaic/9780316534628/

 

Early Western science framed men as rational creatures and women as being closer to nature and more emotional. Today, the globally influential rationalist and skeptic movements have become a hotbed for toxic sexism and racism rooted in these outdated beliefs. At 7pm on 2nd July writer and skeptic Kavin Senapathy is giving a free online talk about her experiences of combating racism and sexism in the US skeptic movement. It is unmissable: https://www.skepticsinthepub.org/event/kavin-senapathy-what-the-committee-for-skeptical-inquiry-can-teach-skeptics-about-white-supremacy/

 

More resources exploring intersectionality and prejudice in feminism movements:

https://guce.huffingtonpost.com.au/copyConsent?sessionId=3_cc-session_3b72576a-a67a-4d1b-b185-c110a1c2be22&inline=false&lang=en-au

https://indigenousx.com.au/amy-mcquire-mainstream-feminism-still-blind-to-its-racism/

https://gal-dem.com/reni-eddo-lodge-interview-why-im-no-longer-talking-to-white-people-about-race/

https://www.vanityfair.com/style/2020/06/jk-rowling-transphobia-feminism

https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/sway-9781472971357/

 

Have a great weekend,
Best wishes
Rachel 
on behalf of WIT steering committee

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