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Well, That Escalated Quickly: A Samus Followup

The geek world thinks itself too smart to be affected by prejudices like transphobia. This is blatantly, harmfully untrue.

The most harmful, damaging argument by far is that by claiming Samus is a transgender woman, I am somehow taking away her legacy as a strong female character. This, put bluntly, is blatantly transphobic and terrible.

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[UPDATED] Gamergate Death Threat Is a Slam Dunk for Prosecutors. Will They Act?

The death threat you're about to hear in this tape comes from Columbus, Ohio. The prosecuting attorney in that district is Ron O’Brien. If he wished, he could bring criminal charges against this man by the end of the day. I have an employee at my company whose entire job it is to research and catalogue these threats for law enforcement. And yet, terrifyingly, nothing has been done.

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Why GitHub’s Unconvincing Investigation Harms Women in Games Development


Two years ago, Julie Ann Horvarth had a simple message for women in software development: Know your stuff, don’t talk about feminism, make great things and you’ll be fine. Last month, Horvarth had a public about-face, claiming she was bullied out of a job at one of the most prestigious companies in tech - bringing harassment allegations against GitHub that shocked the tech industry. Github founder Chris Wanstrath immediately promised a “full investigation.” He personally apologized to Julie, and said he was “certain that there were things we could have done differently.” The results of the investigation came out yesterday.

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