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Magpie is a former journalist, attempted historian [No, you can't ask how her thesis is going], and full-time corvid of the lesbian persuasion. She keeps herself in birdseed by writing those bad computer manuals that you toss out without bothering to read them. She also blogs too much when she's not on deadline, both here and at Pacific Views.

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Thursday, February 9, 2006

Carnival of Feminists 8.

It's that time of the month again, and the newest Carnival of Feminists is available for your perusal here at Gendergeek. As usual, this one is just chock-full of feminist linky goodness. If you haven't caught the Carnival before, it's a semi-monthly roundup of the best feminist posts from around the web, appearing on the first and third Wednesday of each month.

[Yes, you're right. I didn't post about Carnival 7 — another of those unplanned hiatuses. That one came out on January 18th, and you'll find it here.]

For this carnival, the gendergeeks have put together an excellent set of posts. Here's the section about 'The geeks':

One of the most damaging misconceptions about women in science and engineering is that their choice to leave (or not to enter) the profession is based on a personal antipathy towards the subject. Mickle the Hourly Bookseller calls bullshit as she describes her 'choice' to leave physics.

Another woman with a difficult professional choice to make is model Anina, who has been told by her agency to knock her technology blog on the head or get removed from their books. Apparently fashion and technology just don't mix, and women need to choose between the binary opposites of bimbo and geek-girl. Media Girl outlines the issues.

Open source, which one might have imagined would suit women's socialised-to-collaborate selves, turns out to be more pissing contest than knitting circle. Thank goodness for the Debian Women, who are addressing the gender bias in Linux development, according to Arbusto de Mendacity.

Rants for the Invisible People has produced a fabulous post on her own geek experiences, which critiques the false dichotomy of emotion vs logic, while wondering why women seem so deflated by technical failures while men are so emboldened by their tech successes. Wee Hours, a fellow geek, writes about getting the "dumb girl" treatment.

John from Mind on Fire is a male gender geek, who wonders whether there is a place for men in feminism? Hell yeah, say the Gendergeeks.

There's a mess of other good stuff in the 8th Carnival if you go over here.

The 9th Carnival is coming up on Wednesday, February 22nd, and it will be hosted by Mind the Gap. If you want to recommend a post for consideration — you can even recommend one of your own — send it to mindthegapcardiff AT yahoo DOT co DOT uk by February 19th.

And if you want to keep posted on what's up with the Carnival in general, bookmark the home page.

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