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The Ada Initiative, an organization working to support women in tech and open culture including fanstuff, is looking for a new executive director. The Ada Initiative is really fandom-friendly, and a great place to work in a variety of ways - read the job description to get an idea. Please spread around elsewhere, and feel free to ping me in private for more info about the organization (I’m on the advisory board).

Message from the person in charge of the search:

The Ada Initiative works to increase the participation and status of women in open technology and culture through an explicitly intersectional feminist approach. It’s a growing and financially healthy nonprofit. And it’s looking for a new chief executive — maybe you?

The position is full-time salaried, in the San Francisco Bay Area, $120K - $160K/year (plus relocation if necessary). The current Executive Director, cofounder Valerie Aurora, is looking forward to immediately transitioning to a new role as the Director of Training Programs, reporting to the new ED. More details on benefits, desired qualifications, and what TAI does: http://ift.tt/1va2c4f

If this appeals to you, please consider applying, and please feel free to forward, or send your suggestion to jobs@adainitiative.org! We’re open to candidates of all genders and of a variety of backgrounds and experience levels, from highly experienced career executives to people with limited formal management experience but a great deal of experience with open tech/culture communities and/or feminist activism.

Thanks,

Sumana Harihareswara

Chair of the Ada Initiative Executive Director search committee on behalf of the Ada Initiative board of directors
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Via Sociological Images, original Feminist Frequency post with extra links here. I want to keep a dedicated little video-playing device in my pocket just so I can show this to every person who utters the phrase "I'm not a feminist, but" or wants me to justify my calling myself a feminist because "most" feminists are, you know, you know?

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Went to see DH2 with [personal profile] starlady and [personal profile] busaikko, was very pleasantly surprised by how much fun it was. If Gimp hadn't died on me and I wasn't still in the middle of jumping through the fifty-and-eleven hoops that Adobe wants me to clear before I'm allowed to buy an academic copy of Photoshop Elements, I'd be making a million different icons of McGonagall saying "Boom". (Adobe, seriously, I am trying to give you money.)

Shakesville just linked to this awesome piece of feminist commentary on HP: In praise of Joanne Rowling's Hermione Granger series. Yes, yes, and yes to every word of this. I like the HP books well enough as they are, although the fic is better. But this is the kind of story I would truly, genuinely love.
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Originally published at Academic FFF. You can comment here or there.

Three months just got sucked into the vortex of cultural week organisation hell. Now it's over and done, and I managed to submit art for Snapely Holidays and Snarry Holidays a day before the November 16 deadlines too, so I can finally focus on research again.

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Had two interesting discussions today, one extremely vexing exchange about depictions of women in the media and another far more constructive talk about race (on the ways in which white Japanese Studies researchers may be influenced by their white privilege while studying the Japanese people). Since I'm busy getting a much-needed education about both feminism and racism right now, I ended up revisiting Audre Lorde's "The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House" speech. It's still mind-blowing and I still can't believe I managed to spend so many years in so-called 'higher education' without ever being introduced to anything even remotely like it. The part that speaks to me the most today:

Women of today are still being called upon to stretch across the gap of male ignorance, and to educate men as to our existence and our needs. This is an old and primary tool of all oppressors to keep the oppressed occupied with the master’s concerns.

Yes. This. This.

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