Byte Me #2: On genderless Siri, shitty NASA, and clitoris games

Byte Me #2: On genderless Siri, shitty NASA, and clitoris games

Welcome back to Byte Me, our newsletter…

And whoever else wants to read it.

Today, we talk about genderless voice assistants, NASA being shit, and what the fuck happened during the Byte Me launch.

the bloody news

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  • The Guardian reported the founder and all-female editorial board of the Vatican’s women’s magazine all quit. They claim they were discredited by the Church for denouncing the abuse of nuns.
  • The Cut interviewed Jessica Knoll on how to be a writer and still get really, really rich. As journalists, we’re allllll ears…
  • VICE looked back at the cult comedy sketch show Smack the Pony“It allowed women to be awful.”
Smack the Pony
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Clit-me
Lessons in Herstory

that’s what she said: what is Byte Me?

Because we’re all magical and unique snowflakes who don’t always agree on feminist issues — and subsequently feel like we’re “bad” women — we’re going to discuss something we found online in each newsletter.

For this month’s that’s what she said, we discussed the criticism of Byte Me, and what we want this newsletter to be. It’s a bit self-involved, but it’s our newsletter and we do what we want.

Unfortunately, it’s too long to be copy-pasted in here (sorry, we’re women, and we all know women talk way too much), but you can read our discussion here.

the best and the worst 

In this section, we ask women much smarter than us about the best and worst piece of professional advice they’ve ever received. This month’s is from the author of Broad Band: The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet and lead singer of YACHT, Claire Evans, who hosted a TNW Answers session with us last week.

Best? “A friend once told me, when I was hemming and hawing about a job opportunity, that only *you* can determine how much you are worth. I’m guilty of undervaluing myself in order to be accommodating — not asking for more money, saying yes to things I don’t really want to do — but ultimately I know that you don’t get what you don’t ask for in this world. Especially if you’re a woman.”

Worst? “I had a boyfriend in college who told me it was unrealistic to think I could ever make a living as a writer and advised me to get a more practical degree. On paper, he was probably right — it’s hard out there for journalists, especially freelancers — but even at 18, I knew that kind of attitude can become a self-fulfilling prophecy.”

By the way! On April 10th, the President and COO of AnitaB.org are joining us to host a TNW Answers session! You can ask them ANYTHING on gender equality in tech, their project to create 50/50 parity by 2025, and how to handle gender gap deniers. Send in your questions now.

tweet of the month

word of the month

Technically not a word, but who cares. You’re not the boss of us. What does it mean?

Let’s Google it.

Ugh, you know it’s bad when Wiktionary gets involved. So Men Going Their Own Way.

Where are they going? Dunno, Bass Pro Shops? American Golf?

What do they look like? Probably like this guy:

We can do better than that. Let’s reclaim MGTOW.

MGTOW
Abbreviation, meaning:

  1. Mean Girls Tearing Off Weiners
  2. Misogynistic Guys Therapeutically Owning Woodsheds
  3. Moistening Giant Tampons On Wednesdays

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