For the most recent issue of Bitch, I had the pleasure of interviewing Rebecca Yee, the former National Director and Senior EEO Counsel of Screen Actors Guild Affirmative Action & Diversity. As an industry insider and someone who directly works to advocate for diverse casting, Rebecca is an amazing resource when it comes to the role of consumers in media diversity, what representing the "American Scene" looks like, and the efficacy of rubrics like the Bechdel Test. Here's an excerpt of our conversation for this week's podcast. And to read our full interview, check out the latest issue of Bitch!
Welcome back to another episode of Bitch Popaganda! Tune in as Kjerstin, Kelsey, and Kristin discuss '90s nostalgia and Project Runway; then get whisked away to the movies to hear Andi, Jacob, and Kelsey's review of The Change-Up. Plus, Bitch faves!
We're sharing a piece from the Bitch Radio archives--Read My Bitch featuring Brittany Shoot (who guest-blogged The Biotic Woman on ecofeminism and No Kidding on being childfree) reading Anna Clark's "The Ambition Condition: Women, Writing, and the Issue of Success," from Loud (Issue #41). Read My Bitch is the podcast that features Bitch magazine readers reading out loud a meaningful article from the magazine archives and then talking about it. More after the jump, including how you can read yourBitch!
Earlier this week I wrote about Autry!, a Portland-based, goof-punk musician set to release her debut album A.U.T.R.Y.! on July 29th. Autry!'s unique musical style as well as the success of her personal blog Hello, My Poopies has helped her gain an impressive internet following that will no doubt continue to grow. I was lucky enough to sit down with Autry! and interview her about both her music and her growing internet presence. You can find Autry!'s music at Hello, My Poopsies,Myspace, and Youtube. A.U.T.R.Y.! will be available on iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby. If you are in the Portland, OR area be sure to check out Autry!'s CD release party on July 29th at In Other Words Bookstore from 5 to 9pm, all ages.
Last week, I spoke with Valerie Aurora of the Ada Initiative about women in open source and how to get more women involved. In Part 2 of women in the open source world, I speak with Sumana Harihareswara (volunteer development coordinator at the Wikimedia Foundation) who I also met at the Open Sourcebridge conference, where she was named on of three Open Source Citizens at the conference (read her recap of the conference here!)
In the following interview, Sumana doesn't just discuss the challenges that open source software and communities face when it comes to women, but open source's potential for changing the world through diverse voices. It's not just about getting more women involved--breaking down language, access, and ability barriers from the get-go is also necessary. In the following interview, Sumana talks about initiatives at Wikimedia to reach out since its lack of women contributors made headlines, the potential for open source social justice, and tips for your first go at editing Wikipedia. Also she quotes Mr. Rogers AND the Bible, and explains kyriarchy with a Hyperbole and a Half cartoon, which is awesome.
I recently attended Open Sourcebridge, a tech conference in Portland Oregon, and got to speak with some really incredible women in the open source world. (Hopefully I'll be filling the little void left in the hearts of feminerds since Jarrah Hodge's series ended!) Open Source is a method of development that's publicly available, collaborative, and peer reviewed. If you read the Bitch website on the reg (which uses Drupal), or browsed the Internet using Mozilla Firefox, or blogged with WordPress, you have used Open Source software! Wikipedia is an example of open source content, where users peer edit the work of others publicly.
Like a lot of cool things that should be open to everyone, the open source community can be a bit of a boys' club. I spoke with Valerie Aurora, programmer, Geek Feminism contributor, and, with Mary Gardiner, co-founder of the Ada Initiative, a "non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the participation of women in open technology and culture." We spoke about how the Ada Initiative came about, the anti-harassment conference policy she helped put together, and how the tech world can be hostile to women.