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November 2014

When a sexual assault happens on campus… give thanks?

November 20, 2014 // 34 Comments

Last night at Michigan Tech, students were alerted via text message and email that a sexual assault had been reported outside of Walker Hall a couple days before. The email contained your typical police report qualities–a description of what the offender looks like, a time and place, and how to be safe in the future. The tips for women at ...

Techni-gizmo-gear and fashion trendsetting

November 18, 2014 // 0 Comments

One of the most inspirational people that I have recently become aware of is a designer from the Netherlands. As a professional designer, lecturer, curator and engineer Anouk Wipprecht combined her passion and knowledge to create some of the most interesting and supremely unique work in the field of fashion; and she has used micro-controllers to ...

At the gym

November 17, 2014 // 0 Comments

I ran seven miles Saturday morning. Sure it was probably the slowest seven miles anyone has ever run in the history of seven-mile runs, but I did it, it felt great and I was proud. I did this at the gym, which in and of itself is kind of crazy, because seven slow miles holed up on a treadmill really isn’t tons of fun (especially if you’re on ...

Watch a thing: Obvious Child

November 13, 2014 // 0 Comments

I’m gonna be totally honest…I went to see this movie because of Jenny Slate. Actually, because of Jenny Slate’s character in Parks and Recreation: Mona Lisa Saperstein. I love her so much. But I of course went for other reasons (besides the pizza and on-tap Kombucha at the Laurelhurst Theater). This little indie comedy tackles ...

Inhabiting the struggle and the history of UNDER_WIRE

November 11, 2014 // 0 Comments

Back in early 2013 when my friend Katherine asked me if I wanted to be part of a new feminist publication at school, I barely knew what feminism was but I still said “absolutely.” I could sense that there was a problem at Michigan Tech even though I couldn’t articulate it yet and I knew that whatever that problem was, I wanted to be part of ...

In which I briefly geek out about St. Vincent and queer visibility

November 10, 2014 // 0 Comments

As St. Vincent wraps up her earth-shattering guitar solo at the end of her first song of the night, she greets the audience with a wide-eyed stare, a devious smirk and a lot of love. “A special welcome to all the freaks and the others. And a very special welcome to those of us who don’t find ourselves quite settled in either male or female ...

What it’s worth: On loving games but hating sexism

November 6, 2014 // 0 Comments

Vivian James, the Gamergate mascot and their example of what a “real” female gamer should look like. If you don’t know what Gamergate is I’m jealous since it’s been such a high source of stress in my life recently. Gamergate is a large, ongoing movement based around accusations and vague ideas that gaming is under attack. It has ...

Feminist hackerspaces and some link spammage

November 5, 2014 // 0 Comments

Hackerspaces: Spaces where computer programmers go to hack things.Aka, tech and programming people in a community-like setting working together on different projects while sharing knowledge and equipment. Feminist Hackerspaces (Sophie Toupin’s in depth explanation): Spaces where female programmers can go to hack away without males looking over ...

Fast Company and a strong female lead

November 4, 2014 // 0 Comments

There are countless sites and publications we read online that don’t include what our friends ate for lunch or who’s in a new relationship with who. Based on our interests, we all have our own preferences—my love for technology, business, and culture leads me to Fast Company. Specifically the “Strong Female Lead” section where they ...

Love, hate, women and technology

November 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

Illustration by Angie Wang, originally posted with story by Ann Friedman. Click quote below to read the article. “Tech’s gender imbalance is the result of a complex set of structural and cultural issues that are incompatible with the values it claims to hold dear.” I love technology. I love technology and how it’s made sharing and ...