jinasphinx: (Sphinx)
On a Seattle startups mailing list, someone started a discussion about what to look for in a co-founder. Amidst items like "launched at least one product for a previous company," there was:

* Does not set off 'creep' detector in female co-workers.
* Interacts with female co-workers in a social setting in a non-asshole way.

A few people then asked why the original poster was assuming his co-founder would be male, and why not just say that the co-founder should not be a creep/asshole with all coworkers, regardless of gender.

Um...really? First, because most co-founders are male. Nothing about the original post gave me the feeling that the author would mind having a female co-founder, just that most (everyone?) applying is male. That's not exactly surprising in the software industry. Second, because tech culture has a problem specifically with women, not with all genders. Silicon Valley has the Uber CEO making jokes about "Boober" and inspiring articles like "Uber’s boys club is what’s wrong with Silicon Valley", there's sexual harassment at Github, etc. In Seattle, we have Microsoft's CEO saying women's secret power is to not ask for raises, and Amazon's culture inspiring articles like "Broverwhelmed: Gender Disparity in Seattle". And then we have Gamergate happening all over the Internet.

So yeah, it's unfortunate, but I think in 2014 we need to say specifically, "Not a creep/asshole with women."
jinasphinx: (Default)
Thank you so very fucking much for making sure there are multiple talking 10-inch Iron Man action figures available, as well as Thor, Hulk, Captain America, and War Machine. But no Black Widow. There's only one goddamn female Avenger in the movie and you guys couldn't be bothered to make a 10-inch action figure of her.

Excuse me while I go give my money to Mattel. They put out a 10-inch Wonder Woman, and there isn't even a multimillion-dollar grossing movie out. There's not even a TV show on the air, since David E. Kelley couldn't get NBC to bite in 2011. Despite this, Mattel scraped together enough plastic to make a few damn toys anyway.

Also, I see there is a 10-inch Xena action figure available, and that show has been OFF THE AIR for years. The last time there was a new episode of Xena, I was in college. As an undergrad.

Hasbro, please remove your head from whatever dim orifice you have it shoved into. Take some notes. If Mattel and an obscure licensed provider of Xena toys can manage this, I'm sure you can find enough extra plastic lying around your factories to make one damn female Avenger figure in the same size as the male Avengers.

August 2016



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