The Inimitable Tiff

Oct 12

The Next Civil Rights Issue: Why Women Aren't Welcome on the Internet - Pacific Standard -

Our laws have always found a way to address new harms while balancing long-standing rights, even if they do it very slowly. Opponents of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 characterized its workplace protections as unconstitutional and bad for business. Before workplace sexual harassment was reframed as discriminatory under Title VII, it was written off as harmless flirting. When Title IX was first proposed to address gender discrimination in education, a Senate discussion on the issue ended in laughter when one senator cracked a co-ed football joke. Until domestic violence became a national policy priority, abuse was dismissed as a lovers’ quarrel. Today’s harmless jokes and undue burdens are tomorrow’s civil rights agenda.

Emphasis mine.

By Amanda Hess, just one of a half-dozen similar pieces shared and read this weekend, in the wake of Kathy Sierra’s most recent harassment and response.

Oct 08

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Oct 07

Me and Dog - On The Media

Two-time Pulitzer-prize winning Washington Post writer Gene Weingarten, an atheist, is fed up with the relentless drumming of religion into the heads of our impressionable youth. So he’s just published a book meant to introduce the idea of Godlessness …to kids. Bob speaks to Weingarten about his new children’s book “Me and Dog.”

Me and Dog - On The Media

Two-time Pulitzer-prize winning Washington Post writer Gene Weingarten, an atheist, is fed up with the relentless drumming of religion into the heads of our impressionable youth. So he’s just published a book meant to introduce the idea of Godlessness …to kids. Bob speaks to Weingarten about his new children’s book “Me and Dog.”

onthemedia:

Men Can Finally Pay Someone to Explain Feminism to Them

onthemedia:

Men Can Finally Pay Someone to Explain Feminism to Them

Oct 06

The Placebo Effect Doesn’t Apply Just to Pills - The Upshot | NYT -

The ethical issues aren’t easily dismissed. Theoretically, a sugar pill carries no risk, and a sham procedure does. This is especially true if the procedure requires anesthesia. The surgeon must go out of his or her way to fool the patient. Many would have difficulty doing that.

But we continue to ignore the real potential that many of our surgical procedures and medical devices aren’t doing much good — and might even be doing harm, since real surgery has been shown to pose more risks than sham surgery.

Oct 02

footnoted* — Comment letter ahead of BofA’s $8M Fine -

"Just another reminder on why it’s important to read comment letters."

changetheratio:

The Elephant in the Voting Booth: Why Redistricting, Turnout, and “The Big Sort” Make These Midterms Tough for Dems by Amelia Showalter. Some depressing reality in here. 

changetheratio:

The Elephant in the Voting Booth: Why Redistricting, Turnout, and “The Big Sort” Make These Midterms Tough for Dems by Amelia Showalter. Some depressing reality in here. 

Oct 01

“There is virtually little or no difference in the sexualization of female
characters between the ages of 13 and 39 years.” — This study, GENDER BIAS WITHOUT BORDERS - An Investigation of Female Characters in Popular Films Across 11 Countries - it excludes the U.S. - is just as depressing as you suspect it is. (via tylerpedia)

(via tylerpedia)

Where Are the Women? - Nieman Reports

“If more hiring editors were willing to look at résumés with an eye for the gems in the untraditional parts of those résumés, then women and people of color would get a better shake at hiring and promotion,” says Geneva Overholser, former editor of The Des Moines Register. “What happens instead is that we all self-replicate: ‘Ah, this fellow reminds me of myself when I was a cub reporter!’ The guys at the top had pretty similar paths upward, and it’s those paths that strike them as appropriate.”

Where Are the Women? - Nieman Reports

“If more hiring editors were willing to look at résumés with an eye for the gems in the untraditional parts of those résumés, then women and people of color would get a better shake at hiring and promotion,” says Geneva Overholser, former editor of The Des Moines Register. “What happens instead is that we all self-replicate: ‘Ah, this fellow reminds me of myself when I was a cub reporter!’ The guys at the top had pretty similar paths upward, and it’s those paths that strike them as appropriate.”

Sep 29

Looking at Productivity as a State of Mind - The Upshot | NYT

…When we look at worker productivity at the macro level, we tend to limit ourselves to issues like skill shortages, new technologies or appropriate incentives.
In our own lives, though, we see a personal struggle. Tomorrow we want to finish that memo, review several files and plan that project. We know that some of the work will be tedious, but benefits like career advancement, fulfillment or just sheer survival outweigh the costs. When tomorrow becomes today, though, we may discover that we have all kinds of pressing problems. The tedium we had anticipated suddenly feels very large. It is tempting to take a break and just let our minds wander. In our own lives self-control is a big problem — yet it is largely absent from high-level discussions about worker productivity.
Looking at Productivity as a State of Mind - The Upshot | NYT

…When we look at worker productivity at the macro level, we tend to limit ourselves to issues like skill shortages, new technologies or appropriate incentives.

In our own lives, though, we see a personal struggle. Tomorrow we want to finish that memo, review several files and plan that project. We know that some of the work will be tedious, but benefits like career advancement, fulfillment or just sheer survival outweigh the costs. When tomorrow becomes today, though, we may discover that we have all kinds of pressing problems. The tedium we had anticipated suddenly feels very large. It is tempting to take a break and just let our minds wander. In our own lives self-control is a big problem — yet it is largely absent from high-level discussions about worker productivity.