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Communizing Care in The Left Hand Of Darkness

Abstract: In this essay I combine a reading of The Left Hand of Darkness with autobiographical accounts of queer/trans reproduction and childrearing. Contrasting my own experiments in “50/50” parenting with the vision of care elaborated in the novel, I draw attention to the importance of caring labor to radical queer and trans politics more generally. … Continue reading Communizing Care in The Left Hand Of Darkness

Imagining a Trans World

Abstract: Le Guin’s work is well known as a foundation of feminist science fiction’s analysis of gender. But can contemporary readers understand The Left Hand of Darkness as a transgender text? To demonstrate what is gained by reading trans authors, I offer my own series of poems, Pregnancy, as an example.   Le Guin’s Thought … Continue reading Imagining a Trans World

Naive Meritocracy and the Meanings of Myth

Abstract: Hackers and other geeks have long described their spaces as meritocratic. Geek feminists challenge this belief as a myth. In short, so-called meritocracies reproduce extant members and favor incidental attributes; they are biased, susceptible to privilege, and unconcerned with inequitable outcomes. I agree that meritocratic claims are often unfounded and elide equitable opportunities and … Continue reading Naive Meritocracy and the Meanings of Myth

Thinking Beyond ‘Free Speech’ in Responding to Online Harassment

Abstract: Online harassment is a significant problem, and an important movement has emerged in response. However, this activism usually refers back to free speech discourse. I argue that an intersectional approach requires us to explore a more radical rethinking of the political traditions we draw on when responding to online harassment. Online harassment is a … Continue reading Thinking Beyond ‘Free Speech’ in Responding to Online Harassment

Editing Diversity In: Reading Diversity Discourses on Wikipedia

By Maggie MacAulay and Rebecca Visser Abstract: Wikipedia has a diversity problem. The encyclopedia that ‘anyone can edit’ can only identify 13% of its editors as women, despite it being the seventh most visited site on the web with over 18 billion page views. Through individual grants, edit-a-thons, blog articles, and international conferences, the Wikimedia Foundation … Continue reading Editing Diversity In: Reading Diversity Discourses on Wikipedia