GitHub Fiasco Sheds New Light on Same Old Tech Sexism

Last week, Julie Ann Horvath, an established developer at GitHub a hosting service for development projects, suddenly quit, citing harassment, character assassination, and an unhealthy work environment. While the details have yet to be completely sorted through, Horvath shared her side of the story with Tech Crunch and … » 3/16/14 6:00pm 3/16/14 6:00pm

Barbie's Plastic Surgery and Beyond: The Worst iPhone Apps for Kids

This week, parents–and anyone else with an iota of common sense–expressed outrage over the discovery of the Barbie Plastic Surgery App, whose name was soon changed to Barbara for legal reasons. As for ethical changes? Not so much. The app, rated for kids 9+ (just the age they should be fretting about their thighs)… » 1/28/14 2:25pm 1/28/14 2:25pm

How to Make a Period Tracker App We'd Actually Want to Use

Women are using period-tracking apps to keep track of their periods (as the name would indicate) — and the New York Times is on it. My original thought on the matter was, "Why would I need this? My body has a built-in period tracking app. It went off the other week when I cried at Prince William and Kate Middleton's… » 1/24/14 2:30pm 1/24/14 2:30pm

Penny Arcade 'Rolls for Diversity' With Segregated Lounges

In today's edition of Missing The Point, Penny Arcade, a large gaming company that has previously dredged up controversy for making rape jokes, is trying to be diverse by offering diversity lounges at its Seattle, Boston, and Melbourne expos. » 12/18/13 7:15pm 12/18/13 7:15pm

Hackathon Judge Compares Outrage Over 'Titstare' to Iraq War

What a week it's been for male chauvinism in the tech industry. Between the ghastly "Titstare" presentation at the Disrupt SF Hackathon and the outrage over the noxious Twitter feed of Business Insider's (now former) CTO Pax Dickinson, the heated debate surrounding the industry's systemic sexism has reached "inside of… » 9/12/13 12:40pm 9/12/13 12:40pm

Overworked? Unwind in a Club that Resembles a Terrifying Fever Dream

Most jobs suck. This is a scientific fact. And most people who have jobs that suck need an afterwork release that keeps them sane, and the shittier and more boring the job, the more outrageous and weird the release. So what if your job making expensive playthings for Western adults is among the most boring yet… » 7/17/13 3:10pm 7/17/13 3:10pm

Game Developers Association Throws Party with Sexy Dancing Ladies,…

Okay, tech industry. This "sexism" conversation is getting dumb. The Game Developer Conference is in full swing in San Francisco this week—lots of gamey people gaming around talking about games—and certain female critics are finding some events "more like a frat house than the voice of an industry." Last night, the… » 3/28/13 5:30pm 3/28/13 5:30pm

Labor Attorneys Agree: The Adria Richards Firing Will Be Hard to Defend

It seems that Adria Richards, the developer evangelist who fired the tweet heard round the tech community when she'd decided she'd heard one ""dongle" quip too many at male-dominated conferences like PyCon or the entire tech industry, will have a solid wrongful termination case. » 3/25/13 10:00am 3/25/13 10:00am

Woman in Tech Tweets About Sexist Dudes in Tech. Dude Gets Fired.…

In case you're not familiar with this internet-shaking shit-show-in-progress, Adria Richards—a developer evangelist and former employee of a company called SendGrid—was minding her own business in the audience of a seminar at PyCon, a conference for people who work with the Python programming language. Sounds like a… » 3/21/13 7:00pm 3/21/13 7:00pm

'Tablet for Women' Is Like a Regular Tablet, But More Fucking Bullshitty

Today in YES, SEXISM EXISTS, it's the world's first tablet for women! The ePad Femme (working title: the "Awww, She Thinks She's People Magic Window to Fairytopia") is an eight-inch Android-based tablet that comes with apps pre-loaded, so as to not bewilder miniature lady-brains with complicated "downloading" procedures… » 3/13/13 3:45pm 3/13/13 3:45pm

Wikipedia's Editors Are 91 Percent Male Because Citations Are Stored in …

Wikipedia, the collaborative encyclopedia that's edited by you (if you're a dude), me (if I were a dude), and all the dudes you know, launched in 2001 and quickly became the place to find quick info on pretty much any topic under the sun. Remember writing research papers before Wikipedia? Man, we were all such chumps… » 1/25/13 11:30am 1/25/13 11:30am