If you're interested in the intersection between feminism and nerd culture, the following recent internet brooha may be worth investigating. http://www.scottaaronson.com/blog/?p=2091#comment-326664). I recommend reading particularly this comment (#171), and also some of the previous and subsequent posts by Amy (and pretty much ignoring the comments from everyone else, which are unexceptional). Scott's comment was picked up by the Twittersphere, prompting a great deal of hating on Scott. Here's a widely-read hating article (http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/12/mit-professor-explains-the-real-oppression-is-having-to-learn-to-talk-to-women/) and a widely-read sympathetic-but-still-problematic one (http://www.newstatesman.com/laurie-penny/on-nerd-entitlement-rebel-alliance-empire). All of this was the subject of a long follow-up by Scott Alexander (note, a different person), which I think was just fantastic and--while not impossible to criticize in various details--says many things that we all need to spend more time thinking about. That's the article quoted below (http://slatestarcodex.com/2015/01/01/untitled/). Finally, I'll give the last word to Scott Aaronson: "If you’ve been following this at all, then please, please, please read Scott Alexander’s tour-de-force post. It’s long, but every section is rubies encrusted in gold. To understand what it was like for me to read this, after all I’ve been through the past few days, try to imagine Galileo’s Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems, the American Declaration of Independence, John Stuart Mill’s The Subjection of Women, and Clarence Darrow’s closing arguments in the Scopes trial all rolled into one, except with you as the protagonist."(http://www.scottaaronson.com/blog/?p=2119), a prominent MIT computer scientist, recently made a blog post about MIT's removal of a popular set of physics videos from OpenCourseware, because the professor was accused of sexually harassing an online student. The extensive comments eventually morphed into a discussion of the role of privilege in nerd culture, due to the advocacy of a feminist viewpoint by a very articulate and nuanced commenter called "Amy". In response, Scott wrote an honest and moving discussion of his own struggles in the past (
Thanks for the article--I think it's very reasonable, and it made me laugh out loud in two places (where I agreed with her). I do think she somewhat misses his point--he was describing an experience that he thinks is more common than acknowledged, and the online response bears this out; she seems to think he was offering a comment on feminism and how it needs to react to men's expressions of past hardships. But all that said, I enjoyed what she had to say.
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