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  1. Feb 2017
    1. underpaid, undervalued women

      The gender pay gap! Ridiculous!

    2. My response to this was to stop making my bed every day

      Interesting way to respond to this. But did this do anything in the long run?

    1. But I can't hop onto a bandwagon that just isn’t clear about what it’s asking “everyone” to do.

      Interesting comment! I love how this author basically refuses to hop on the bandwagon until he can prove as to why he should learn coding.

    2. companies and organization

      Interesting how many companies and organizations support coding. however, I wonder how long this will last?? What will be the next "new" thing after coding?

    1. Lisa says she has "turned herself into a different kind of person" in order to perform, and Robin says she has learned to "fake it." Although both women are able to get good grades in their programming course, they represent casualties of this war.

      I'm an English major, so I write poems like Lisa in this example. Two of my best friends are comp sci majors, both women. Women don't struggle in STEM fields because they want to write pretty poetry or play piano instead. Not all women like those things. Women aren't incapable of logic oriented language. That's what coding is. Logic puzzles. The thrill of a code running perfectly, these friends have told me, is the thrill of knowing you're smart. Knowing that you used the tool masterfully. It is a tool. It's exceptionally validating to those that can use it. Coding language doesn't need to arbitrarily change to suit poets. And remember, this is coming from a poet. I think people like Lisa and I should hold ourselves to the higher standard of being able to sit down and do the work rather than expect the work to be done for us. And it is hard for me, sure. It's hard for everyone. But I'm not going to expect an entire field to change to suit me. That's ridiculously entitled. And saying this is the reason women have trouble in these fields is ridiculously closed minded. Lisa and Robin just have other things they like to do more than code. It doesn't mean all women don't like it. Rampant sexism in STEM fields is a way bigger deterrent than "women just want to write poetry."

    2. a first-year Harvard student


    3. alternative voices in dealing with the world of formal systems

      People can share opinions about society. That's what this means. Turkle back at it again with them big words.

    4. epistemological pluralism,

      It just means different ways of knowing things. It applies to basically everything that requires thought. I'm on to you Turkle, using big words to sound smart.

    5. epistemological pluralism

      Cool word. I'll have to put this in my vocab!

    6. visual artists' pencils, brushes, and paints, is "just a tool."

      Good comparison!

    7. To me, it sounds gross to talk about establishing a relationship with the computer. I don't like establishing relationships with machines. Relationships are for people.

      Could Robin using programming "their way" have anything to do with this?

    8. Insisting that the computer is just a tool is one way to declare that what is most important about being a person (and a woman) is incompatible with close relationships to technology.

      I agree!

    9. As a birthday gift, a boy receives toy tanks and soldiers; a girl receives dolls

      Is this where the "hard" and "soft" programming begins?

    10. Hard mastery is resonant with the logical and hierarchical elements of the traditional construction of "scientific method." Soft mastery has always had its place in the discourse of the arts and has always been glimpsed in the autobiographical writings of scientists.

      Good definition!

    11. I got my wrists slapped enough times and I changed my ways,

      How interesting that both Lisa and Robin both had to do it the "right" way in order to succeed. I personally think that there is more than one way to do something.

    12. The role of feminist studies in the nascent computer culture is to promote the recognition of diversity in how we think about and appropriate formal systems and encourage the acceptance of our profound human connection with our tools.

      So important! Great conclusion to come to.

    1. “We didn’t even think of how you’d get around on campus!”

      A good example that you should think before you speak!

    2. To be fair, there are colleges and universities that have given their students with disabilities the opportunities and technologies that they need to be successful students and people

      I'm glad that institutions have come a along way, but there is still a lot more to be done!

    1. But until we acknowledge that this killer in many ways achieved precisely the erasure of disabled people that society itself systemically, if sometimes unconsciously, supports, we will stay a lot closer on the continuum to that killer than most of us want to be.

      It's good to be educated about these kinds of things so that a movement can be started to prevent these things from happening!

    2. The suspect's stated desire was to erase disabled people from the earth.

      Disability erasure.

    3. What if his letter had instead referenced his intention to kill children or teachers or restaurant-goers

      Interesting question.

    4. He killed 19 people in his attack and left 26 others injured.

      Even though he warned people, there were still no precautions taken?

    5. The suspect’s desire to erase disabled people lies at the extreme end of the disability attitudes spectrum

      Great definition!

  2. Jan 2017
    1. Those castings Brought me right back to earth. Exactly where I am trying to leave when I see the movie

      Because this is where the minorities are? And you were trying to get away from them?

    2. populations who often seek to remedy disability by way of technology, rather than personal inquiry or relationship building.


      Disabilities are handled in an impersonal, disconnected problem solving manner, without much thought given to the human aspect required to effectively accomodate those with disabilities. This lack of human regard can be seen in many "wheelchair accesible" building designs, which often strike one as being wildly inconvenient for those attempting to use them.

      The implication of these inconvenient designs is that those who require their use are themselves, an inconvenience.

    3. comfortably classed.

      The vast majority of writers don't make money off of their work. Moreover, more writers come from poor and troubled households than not. While classism is an issue in contemporary fiction, blaming the starving-artists for their "comfortable" lifestyles is a little silly. The successful ones only found comfortable income after they became successful.

    4. White fans had imagined supporting characters Thresh, Cinna and Rue as non-Black, though the characters were described as having dark skin in the book, and author Suzanne Collins herself envisioned Thresh and Rue as African-American.

      An interesting aside that Hermoine from the Harry Potter series is more likely black than white, and was even intended as such by J.K. Rowling. Fans read her as white, and likely wanted her to be white on a subconscious level, so most media interpretations of the character came out white. An interesting look into reader psychology.

      See also: Jesus

    5. (White) viewers are reminded that they’re watching a movie.

      "The world looks white to white people." -Jada Steward

    6. All this PC correct crap is really getting out of control.”

      I, Jonathon Myers, ABSOLUTELY AGREE that PC Culture is contributing to the DOWNFALL of AMERICAN SOCIETY as we know it.

      Just kidding, you're dumb. "Political correctness" is not quite the same as "socially acceptable." The latter being a social construct of what society deems as morally good, whereas the former is more so about objectivity. The two have become conflated over the years to serve different political means. Language is an ever shifting landscape, and it is up to each of us to retain objective meaning and understanding. Being nice to people shouldn't be a political statement.

    7. it has nothing to do with him being black, but

      "I'm not racist, but..."

    8. Otherness.

      Otherness: philosophical background and current interpretations:


    9. Cerebral Palsy.


      noun a condition marked by impaired muscle coordination (spastic paralysis) and/or other disabilities, typically caused by damage to the brain before or at birth.