Ready Player One, the best-selling ode to virtual reality and nerd-dom, is finally becoming a movie, but not everybody is a fan. The first teaser trailer has gotten some backlash for how it glorifies nostalgia. However, a bigger issue comes from the book itself in how it treats women — namely, its trophy love interest.
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Geek Actually is a weekly book series about women; specifically, female geeks. It follows five gals who bond online over their love of nerd culture... when they aren't dealing with stressful jobs, sexist arseholes and Tinder hookups. It's refreshing because it's saucy yet relatable. No surprise, considering it's written by four women who've all lived it.
Women account for around 26 per cent of visitors to Pornhub, according to the site's latest insights. That's enough for a noticeable drop in traffic to be evident during the Women's March in January.
But how does the way women access porn differ to their male counterparts? Other than a standout statistic being women are far less likely to use Internet Explorer (c'mon, guys) the results of Pornhub's "Women and Technology" survey reveals Apple products are the tech of choice for the ladies.
The hallways of maths and science history are overflowing with the achievements of white men, from Sir Isaac Newton to Steve Jobs; their faces are printed into primary school textbooks everywhere, and their achievements have been indelibly drilled into our minds, with countless awards and institutions named after them. To be brilliant is a gift, but who gets to be remembered as such involves privilege.
Earlier today, the World Health Organisation declared that the Zika virus, along with its related neurological complications, no longer constitutes an international emergency. The announcement is a troubling development that could threaten important research, while also undermining those who are most affected, namely women, children and the poor.
Female characters are prominent in scary movies, and not always as helpless victims. Think about the Final Girl, without whom slasher films would not exist, or other kick-arse heroines, like Alien's Ripley. Behind the camera, though, you'll find way more male writers and directors — which is why these horror movies directed by women are worthy of extra celebration.
Diversity in tech is a widespread problem, and Apple is actually going to address it today. In an interview with Mashable, Tim Cook admitted that Apple needs more diversity — and hinted that today's keynote at WWDC will feature at least one woman. Which would make this the seventh woman ever to be on the Apple stage.
We know that Silicon Valley has a women problem, and it's not just at Pied Piper. Even worse, perhaps, is what happens when these mostly-male tech companies are invited to talk about their success with other mostly-male tech companies at public events. It's not at all unusual to see seven penises onstage without a vagina in sight.
Video: The film editing maestro Clara Darko stitched together this perfect montage of actresses in action movies kicking mother freaking arse. I love how each punch or kick or swing of the sword or crossbow shot or anything perfectly blends together from one movie to the next. More arse-kicking please!
Video: Different eras have different definitions of beauty. A look in the early 1900s can fall out of favour a few years down the road or maybe inspire a style decades later. Cut Video made this video that shows a model getting her and make up done to show what beautiful meant from 1910 to 2010.
Yesterday, the internet got wind of one of the more recent installments in the Barbie literary canon, I Can Be a Computer Engineer. As it turns out, Barbie's idea of being a computer engineer consists mostly of freaking out and asking Steven and Brian to fix her bad dumb girl code. Fortunately, the awesome backlash has almost made all that head-smashing worth it. Almost.