This past month has been rough as a woman. I feel like on all sides I’m being attacked–not just during the conservative presidential jostling, but also in my nerd communities. Perhaps this is what happens when you shine the public spotlight on women’s rights at a time like this: you see the horrible monster of chauvinism and male privilege caught in the act of scraping away at it while no one was looking. I generally feel that we’ve been sliding backwards.
I spent the last couple of weeks dealing with a head butting contest I had with one of the lead developers of WordPress, the same CMS I use to run this site, over a comment he made about “women with the golden uterus complex.” While many of the comments that ensued were supportive and pro-female, some were seriously male privileged and derailing.
I illustrated the events with a comic, which you can read at my web dev/design site rachelnabors.com. That’s the last I have to say on the topic. I’m very tired from fighting and now can only sit in the sidelines and cheer others on. It’s not just women out there, either. Check out this video from the good folks at the Escapist: