Gender and User Experience
I’m on the panel for the Skype/Intertech ‘Hey girl, let’s talk about UX and Gender‘ event today. I thought it would good to do a little link dump of my background reading.
Much more complex than a simple binary. Schemas for the Real World by Carina C. Zona is a good overview, the TL:DR option.
More from Sarah Mei on ‘Why Gender is a Text Field on Diaspora‘. If you want to delve more into gender and what it means for you, Kate Bornstein‘s (Speaking at the 40th Reunion of the Class of ’69, Brown University, some NSFW language but really worth a watch) My Gender Workbook is not a bad place to start. Finally these hello pronouns stickers, mostly because they are cool way of making people think about gender.
Mark Zuckerberg said “Having two identities for yourself is an example of a lack of integrity.“, as a counterpoint, here’s a list of people harmed by a “Real Names” policy.
Danah Boyd talked about “Real Names” Policies Are an Abuse of Power. Patrick McKenzie on falsehoods Programmers believe about names and some real world examples:
- Android and Google+ confusion outs trans woman
- Drag queens in Facebook name row
- The great gay Facebook exodus begins
Trans 101 for those unfamiliar with trans issues.
How Video Games helped one woman go from boy to girl. Dys4ia is an autobiographical video game that Anna Anthropy, developed to recount her experiences of gender identity disorder and hormone replacement therapy. Juliet Jacques on the “dispute” between radical feminism and trans people, her transition diary is also a worthwhile read. Fred McConnell has written about things from a trans man perspective. For people who want to read more, I liked Julia Serano‘s book Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity (Her (NSFW) spoken word piece ‘Cocky‘ is another video for your playlist). Ending with an interesting looking at how Transgender People can explain why Women don’t advance at Work.
Opening a can of worms. A good clear look at the often conflated terms positive discrimination, quotas, and diversity targets. An open letter to Brogrammers detailing just a few on the important Women in the history of computer science, Ada Lovelace day has many more. John Scalzi has one of my favorite explanation, Straight White Male: The lowest difficulty setting there is.
As an ex-games developer and current games player, even with a nearly equal number of female gamers, both the industry and culture have a long way to go on diversity, even if some games are doing interesting things with gender and presentation and just being more inclusive.
Picking two examples: The harassment around the Feminist Frequency Kickstarter (Disclosure, that is something I backed). Then recently the equally as nasty events around GamersGate.
I just want to end on HeForShe and Emma Watson’s speech to the UN.
Anyway the hashtag for the event is #UXGender.