Links for October 22, 2016

Stock photos of women of color in tech, now free to use. — #WOCinTechChat

Our ask? That you use these photos to show a different representation of all women in tech. That you use these images in pieces about entrepreneurs, software engineers, infosec professionals, IT analysts, marketers, and other people who make up the tech ecosystem. Just as white women have been the default “woman” in technology and American society as a whole, we believe the underlying belief of what it means to be — and who can be — a tech worker in the 21st century can benefit from this form of “disruption”.


From Stranger Things to Heathers to Little Women, Winona Ryder shows why we need angry, rebellious women in pop culture

And Ryder’s latest project, the Netflix phenomenon Stranger Things, is an interesting case study in female anger. As Genevieve Valentine points out for Vox, the show is rooted firmly in a male perspective even as it creates interesting female characters in Ryder’s desperate mom Joyce, “good girl” teen Nancy, and telekinetic Eleven. Though not inherently angry, all three women occasionally lose their tempers in response to stress.

But it’s also notable that the show’s central group of Dungeons & Dragons-loving preteen boys grapple with anger in smaller, more casual ways, particularly in the context of their friendship. For the female characters of Stranger Things, anger is a response to an extreme situation; for the male characters, it’s just a part of life. Whether that’s an intentional commentary or an example of shortsightedness is up for debate.


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