Julie Pagano

Firebee Dispatch #6: There is a light that never goes out

I’m still deep in the busy season at work, so content is a little light this week.

What I’m Up To

[The] idea of women founders as a solution to tech misogyny also makes existing male founders and investors unaccountable for misogyny as it exists today.

THIS BIT RIGHT HERE IS EVERYTHING (emphasis mine).

This is why many powerful people in tech can only conceive moves to “change” the industry in terms of magical futures like “more women founders” or “getting young girls to code”. The women working in the industry right now are being written off in favor of these magical futures, and as long as this is the case, the now of tech (whether the now is today or twenty years from today) will be unchanged.

A lot of corporate capitalist feminism begins with the idea that feminism is always starting on the day the person discovered feminism. [But] my feminism can’t start when you discover it, I need mine to start 300 years ago.

In the News

This Week in Sexism

My Writing

I started a new series named Life and Times of a Tech Feminist Killjoy.

I think about the death by a thousand paper cuts more often than I like. I want to reflect on what I wrote and what has happened in the time since then.

So far, I have written two entries in the series. I plan to write at least a few more in the coming weeks.

Our stories are not our own. Not while there is a headline to be had. Not while we can be used as click bait. We stop being people and become a commodity to take advantage of. A spectacle to gawk at.

The thing about working in tech is that it’s rarely just your current job. I had jobs before this one, and I will likely have jobs after. This pleasant job seems like an outlier, and working in tech has never just been about the job. You are expected to go above and beyond to be truly successful.

Firebees

The firebees are still on hiatus during my busy time at work. In the mean time, check out the store for swag. There is a new “firebee trio” design as of today.

red tshirt with three bees shooting fire

Miscellany

I’m not that big a fan of marriage as an institution, and I don’t know why women need to have children to be seen as complete human beings.
– Marisa Tomei

Promotion

In this section, I promote events, fundraisers, organizations, and other things that I think are worthwhile.

Donations Needed

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