Amanda

Amanda works in healthcare, is a loudmouthed feminist, and proud supporter of the Oxford comma.
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    Quickies: The Anita Sarkeesian story

    The Anita Sarkeesian story – An excellent bio over on Polygon, looking back at 10 years of Feminist Frequency and where the future may lead. Meet the New York couple donating millions to the anti-vax movement – “Their money has gone to a handful of determined individuals who have played an outsize role in spreading doubt and misinformation about vaccines…

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    Quickies: Sexist AI

    Alexa, are you making me sexist? – “This is all part of a bigger gender-bias problem afflicting the field of artificial intelligence. AI systems — including voice assistants — are being designed mostly by men. (In the machine-learning community, only 12 percent of the leading researchers are female, according to Wired.) That’s part of the reason these systems have been…

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    Quickies: Freeing science from behind paywalls

    The open access wars: How to free science from academic paywalls – “Academic institutions have to purchase exorbitant subscriptions priced at hundreds of thousands of dollars each year so they can download and read their own and other scientists’ work from beyond the paywall. The same goes for members of the public who want to access the science they’ve funded…

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    Quickies: No longer reading books by white men

    Why I’m no longer reading books by white men – I have also been doing this for about the past 4 years (with exceptions for LGBTQ+ men and very very few socially conscious men) and I’ve enjoyed it so much, I’m never going back. It’s not that I wouldn’t have read authors like NK Jemisin, Sam Delany, and Chimamanda Ngozi…

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    Quickies: The world’s most annoying man

    The world’s most annoying man – “Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker is that guy. He thinks many people are very unreasonable, and makes sweeping claims about their irrationality and moral imbecility, but often doesn’t bother to listen to what they actually say.” Native high schooler uses state track meet to raise awareness for missing and murdered women – “Some runners at…

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    Quickies: Incels and plastic surgery

    How many bones would you break to get laid? – CW: This is about incels, so beware. “On forums, incels argue that the diagnosis is often a kind of reverse discrimination and that women seeking invasive procedures to fix relatively small flaws are not greeted as skeptically. “Social media and ease of access/exposure to plenty of top 3% chaddy hunks…

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    Quickies: The struggling Ebola response effort

    The Ebola response effort is struggling. Experts say these steps could help – “ETCs, as they are called, have become a place of stigma, associated with death. In fact, people who seek care in treatment centers quickly after the onset of symptoms have a higher chance of survival than those who eschew the centers — but that reality has not…

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    Quickies: Why the anti-abortion movement relies on white women leaders

    Why the anti-abortion movement relies on white women leaders – “With the support of white women, anti-abortion activists can paint the many women who vocally protest their dangerous policies as hysterical and non-representative of all women. Subsequently, they can capitalize on the racial power dynamics that grant white women greater visibility and credibility than women of color to paint their…

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