Deputy Editor at Upworthy. Currently of Baltimore, formerly of NYC and Pittsburgh. Nerd. Feminist. Comedy fan. TV enthusiast. Ally. Fangirl. Hoping to make the world a better place by blogging in my pajamas.
"If you were a computer-loving male child who took a lot of shit from your peers, I suspect you heard something similar from the adults in your life. Maybe it was “Sure, things are bad now, but when you’re a little bit older, women will LOVE guys like you!” Or maybe it was “That kid who makes fun of you now will be working at a gas station when you run a big fancy computer company and marry a supermodel!” If you were once young, nerdy and male, it is not unlikely that your future sense of self-worth was funded with a non-consensual IOU from the world’s women. It’s taken me a long time, but at this point I genuinely believe that much of this “GEEKS SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH” rhetoric is little more than patriarchy’s bespectacled wingman. It excuses the pain that systems of power exert on children by promising little boys future dominion over little girls. It is deeply and massively fucked."
Are computer-loving female children fed these same lines? Are they told “SOME DAY YOU WILL HAVE ALL THE MONEY AND POWERS AND MEN WILL FLOCK TO YOU LIKE AUTONOMY-DEPRIVED MAN-ZOMBIES?” If you insist that the presence of enough computers magically transforms the world into a meritocracy, you might want to think about that one for a second.
love the classism there too like “someday you will be better than those other people because you will have more money and a ‘real’ job” like hooray that’s not toxic AT ALL
and it adds an extra layer of sexism because lol women are gold-diggers amirite, that’s all you need to attract women, is a fat paycheck — not, you know, personal merits of some kind beyond a marketable skill (not that a good work ethic isn’t a desirable trait in a partner but that can’t be all you’ve got)
male entitlement becomes more explicable — NOT more excusable, but easier to understand — when we look at how many promises of this kind are made. “if you just do x y and z then you will get women” oh well no wonder you’re mad, you did x y and z and the women aren’t falling at your doorstep, it’s still your fault you didn’t figure out we’re people at some point but it’s not like you were encouraged to learn that
though some men manage somehow so I sure don’t feel sorry for your whiny ass (cumaeansibyl)
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Seriously, Upworthy is one of the best places I have ever worked and it’s a total dream job if you’re passionate about harnessing the power of teh interwebz and working to make the world a better place. The only downside is you have to work with this jerk. (He’s not a jerk). And you have to work with me. MWAHAHAHAHAHAHA. So if you think you can handle that, please apply now now now. :-)
"Sure, I live in the UK, pay UK taxes and use UK public services, but national borders are increasingly a hinderance to my life. Sometimes it’s artificial geographic boundaries holding me back (apps not available on my country’s app stores, albums not offered on Spotify here because they’re only physically available in the US, Netflix not carrying the same catalogue worldwide). Other times, it’s the fact that spending so much time online gives me an international outlook on things that makes national laws and local politics seem petty compared to the opportunities out there in the big wide world. It got me thinking, can’t I renounce my British citizenship and become a global citizen?"
"In sci-fi movies, whenever a computer becomes self-aware and decides to annihilate humankind, it does so because it’s analysed history, looked at all the bad stuff we’ve done, and decided we’re too dangerous to be allowed to live. Sometimes the computer snidely illustrates its point by bombarding Captain James T Kirk with archive footage of Nazis marching around. Kirk then heroically argues back on behalf of humankind, mentioning Picasso and Beethoven and that Athena poster of the shirtless beefcake cradling a baby, until the computer screams “DOES NOT COMPUTE” and explodes in a cheap shower of sparks."
TROLLFACE IN THE HOUSE: This GEEK RAP is an anthem for the ANONS and TROLLS who are always FIRST!!!!!111 to let you know if anything is FAKE or GAY on the interwebz. Prepare your base or it belongs to us.
""…Rather than remembering things, we now simply retain the knowledge of how to find the information we need when we need it. In other words, the Internet as a whole has become what a major example of what psychologists refer to as “transactive memory.”"
A new study by researchers at Columbia University reveals how Google is changing the way we retain information [ZDNet]