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Sebastián Ventura
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Finally! It's amazing what this campaign has accomplished. I want to congratulate everyone who participated in this, this is so awesome, if only just to show what a feminist group can do when it has a clear objective.
Landmark decision met with delight by growing army of critics although paper expected to continue featuring partially clad women
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This is why we need more parental leave, and more laws protecting discrimination to women in hiring practices. It's incredible that such a great amount of people still have this retrograde ideology.

What I hate the most about this excuse, is that these managers never seem to care about the "problems" that are predominant in men that can also affect their work. Like physical aggressiveness or alcoholism, just to mention a few. It's just something they use to discriminate women, because they want to have a "rational" excuse for their shitty behaviour.
Cost of maternity leave too high and women 'aren't as good at their jobs' when they return, survey of 500 managers says
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This assumes men never leave jobs after being trained but know that isn't true. Should we also avoid hiring men? We have 1 yr mat. leave in Canada. You manage by hiring an extra person who is cross trained to cover vacation and sick leave and fill in with temps if necessary. 
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I'm sure you've all seen this, but this is a wonderful initiative by Google.
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Besides the interesting art, there's also a link to a somewhat good article on who these artists were and why they have been airbrushed from history.
Artist Annie Kevans has immortalised women that have been airbrushed from art history, from Sofonisba Anguissola – a leading painter in the Italian Renaissance – to Angelica Kauffman – the toast of Georgian England, but hardly a household name now• Why were so many female artists airbrushed from history?•Women and the History of Art is at The Fine Art Society Contemporary until 6 June
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This completely upset me.  It's a sticker or paint-job on the back tail-gate of a ute, designed to make it look like you are seeing into the tray of the ute, which contains the bound body of a woman and shovel.  It vividly and publicly reinforces the view of women as victims.   It reinforces the view that violence against women is funny.
I really, really wish that people didn't need to be told that this kind of thing is unacceptable.  But apparently some people are that dumb.
AN image of a bound and gagged woman on the back of a ute has sparked outrage.
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A topic that may seem a bit jokey to some, it's in fact one that can unravel some of the problems the scientific community has with sexism. Although it's not proven why, it's clear that there's a bias towards studying male genitalia in animals and not female. The arguments for ingrained gender roles are I think well founded; it doesn't have to be the only reason, but it can definitely play a huge part.

It's definitely an interesting read. It would be interesting to see a study such as this one, but specifically in humans. Is the research in humans more egalitarian? Does anyone know?
In 2009, duck penises took the Internet by storm. Thanks to a newly published study and an eye-opening video, people learned that while most birds lack penises at all, male ducks have huge, corkscr...
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Although I'm not a fan of gaming news sites and gaming culture, I think this is a nice progress that arose from all the harassment that has been going against women in the past few weeks (and the past decades for that matter).

It is of course not the best thing that they can do, considering most of these developers have lot of problematic thematics in their games, but I think it's a good first step to show to the world (and especially the gaming community which is of course already angry about this) that harassment should not be ignored or tolerated.
More than 600 developers and counting have signed a letter to end hateful speech and harassment.
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The above is an explanation for the violence against women in gaming communities.. i.e. the males there feel their identity is under threat. NOT an excuse by any means!  But otherwise such behaviour is incomprehensible.  Strong condemnation of their behaviour by their peers will surely help change the culture.  
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"When I got my post at Facebook it was all about how I was a mother-of-four who had 'won' the position, alongside pictures of my wedding," she said, noting that the male executive hired at the same time came under no such scrutiny. Reports also said she insisted on working part-time, when in fact she was working a typical five-day week.
Social media giant's European vice-president tells conference of frustrations at language used to describe women in business
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I think this is a nice first step from Google. Not a lot of companies do this, and I think more should. They should be really open about what they are doing to improve their diversity.

I'm a bit worried either way that this could have a negative effect as well. For example, some people may feel discouraged to apply to work at Google because of this numbers.
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I'd bet there have been studies on whether knowing the diversity ratios at a company discourages job applications.
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The awesome Sarah Millican writes a beautiful article on how she suffered from all the abuse she received last year because of her dress of choice to the BAFTAs. If you haven't heard any work from her, please do, she's really funny.

"I’m sorry. I thought I had been invited to such an illustrious event because I am good at my job. Putting clothes on is such a small part of my day. They may as well have been criticising me for brushing my teeth differently to them."

I find it good that at least SOME of the comments in the article are really positive. But as always, sadly, there are people telling her that she's playing the victim to get attention. And there's even one offering his ever helpful "male prespective" since this article has been shared by a lot of women he knows and he wants to set them straight (surprise, surprise, his male perspective is saying that the dress is ugly).
"I’m sorry. I thought I had been invited to such an illustrious event because I am good at my job. Putting clothes on is such a small part of my day. They may as well have been criticising me for brushing my teeth differently to them"
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Really interesting article.

Professor Frank Ascione pioneered in the field with his studies at domestic violence shelters. They show that between 18 and 48 percent of pet-owning women at the shelters had delayed their escape from their abusers because of their pets.

Researchers have investigated the power of the link between humans and their animals. They’ve discovered a clear connection between animal abuse and domestic violence. Cruelty to animals is an early indicator of potential abusive behavior towards humans and children.
Hundreds of domestic violence shelters nationwide struggle to shelter women who have pets.
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This is a really interesting Hangout if anyone feels like participating. I think the topic is something that many times gets overlooked.
 
What is unpaid care work? It includes a wide spectrum of domestic tasks, care for people at home and in the community, and collection of fuel and water. It is generally not recognized and often undervalued. Estimates reveal that unpaid care work would constitute 10-50% of GDP if it were assigned a monetary value. Women and girls spend the most time on such work, which can restrict their opportunities and access to education and employment.  

What can we do to recognize, redistribute and reduce the unequal burden of unpaid care work on women and girls? UN Women is hosting a Google+ Hangout to discuss this major human rights issue on Wednesday, 7 May at 10.30am EST. UN Women Deputy Executive Director John Hendra will be joined by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, Magdalena Sepúlveda Carmona. The Hangout will be moderated by Rachel Moussie, Women’s Economic Rights Coordinator at Action Aid.
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  • Facultad de Ingenieria, UDELAR
    Ingeniería de Sistemas, 2006 - 2011
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Idealist, Pirate, Feminist, Vegan, Transhumanist, Individualist, Computer Scientist
Introduction
As the world began to change thanks to the uprising of the machines, I became interested in Computer Sciences and the ways we can control the upcoming technological future. In the same way, I could not but focus on ways our current technology can improve our way of living and the world.

I believe in a Free world (as in freedom and 'gratis' ) where all humans can interact culturally and without boundaries and discrimination. I aspire to become a practical implementation of the theory that abounds in the human philosophical nature, and in that way, help humans by spreading knowledge and culture, and improving technology to become the best addendum to the Homo Sapiens existence.

As my one line description explains many of my beliefs, I here describe my love for technology and the world that surround us.

Things I love:
  • Humour
  • Culture (software, media and knowledge)
  • Power (as in self control and becoming one true self)
  • Fantasy (as in The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion, but also including Harry Potter)
  • Science Fiction (Isaac Asimov, Neal Stephenson, Douglas Adams)
  • Writing
  • Google
Technologies I love to know:
  • Perl above all
  • Python
  • Javascript/jQuery
  • Apache
  • GNU/Linux
  • Haskell
  • Git
  • HTML/CSS
  • MongoDB
Technlogies I hate (or kind of hate), to know:
  • Java
  • PHP
  • MySQL
  • SQL Server
  • VBscript
  • DOS
  • SVN
Most of all, I love to experience new things, to think, to spend hours talking, debating and even changing my ideas. I know we live in the best era of the world, and that we are the ones responsible for it. I love to be able to change it for the better. Sharing culture and knowledge is not only good, but necessary, for the future of mankind.

Improving ourselves, most of all, while improving our surroundings, is the only way we can become the future of this human-technology unholy mixture.
Bragging rights
First Uruguayan to be a student on Google Summer of Code. Spokesperson for the Uruguayan Pirate Party
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Computer Sciences, Web Development
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  • Monetate
    UK Web Developer, 2013 - present
  • Freelance
    Web Developer, 2010 - present
  • Monetate
    Contractor, 2012 - 2013
  • Google Summer of Code
    Student, 2011 - 2011
  • SONDA
    Computer Infrastructure, 2009 - 2011
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Kingston Upon Thames, UK
Previously
Westcliff-On-Sea, UK - Montevideo, Uruguay