What Happened to the Computer Girls?
Believe it or not, in the 1960’s, programming was seen as women’s work. It was even touted as being “just like planning a dinner”.
So what happened?
Eventually male programmers wanted to raise their status above “women’s work”. So they actively discouraged women from these positions, designed hiring tests rigged for men, and even created the stereotype that programmers are disinterested in people. No wonder in the years since, it’s still a male dominated field. Women earned only 18% of the computer science degrees awarded in 2008-2011.
Alright ladies, we need to bust this myth. It’s been too long. Find organizations like Scientista or Sally Ride Science that help encourage women and girls in STEM interests. Find mentors and connect with other women interested in STEM.
Computer Science departments in universities are some of the most racist, sexist, downright misogynist hell holes, with the worst kind of men. Everyone from male professors to male TAs are bullying arseholes who eschew the worst kind of “white male victim” complex. Not only do they treat female students like crap, they also pick on female professors in the department. Many male professors don’t help female students, and male TAs are creepy fucks who think they can flirt with you if you go to them for help, especially if you’re a non-white woman.
I want to paint a series of a dozen or more full length oil portraits of trans women. I need money to pay the models for posing, for my own time and materials, and for travel costs. Hopefully even for studio rental and maybe even for an exhibition. The project launches Sunday, September 21. I’m making wall calendars, high quality prints, and selling the paintings. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved, ask about the paintings, and so on. Abuse will be ignored, education will be terse. The project itself is still in the early stages, because I want to make sure there’s enough interest and support to work on it, but I’ll be confirming and promoting models throughout the fundraising stage. Help me make the goal good and early so I can worry about the important parts. Thank you!
Is this happening? Are you helping? Please? Thank you
this is a really exciting project that i really want to see happen. I am so sick of how trans women are represented in art and the media and want to change that.
please signal boost so this project can get off the ground!
This series could never have even been an idea without ms-tyrell, and she describes its reason for being really well. I hope I will actually finally finish her fucking portrait already.
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and yeah, i am quite the artistic challenge
don’t dress for the cyberpunk dystopia that you have, dress for the cyberpunk dystopia that you want
Time is a flat circle.
change.org just sent me a petition to demand that the US name a warship after Harvey Milk and if that isn’t the most succinct example of the way queer advocacy has been coopted by neoliberalism and the military-industrial complex, bless me I don’t know what is.
They’ll also start dressing like ancient Romans.
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