Ancrene Wiseass

A would-be medievalist holds forth on academia, teaching, gender politics, blogging, pop culture, critters, and whatever else comes her way.

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Yes, this really is yet another blog by a disillusioned grad student. I sympathize, but that's just the way it has to be. For hints as to what my bizarre alias means, click here and here and, if needed, here and here. To get a sense of what I'm up to, feel free to check out the sections called "Toward a Wiseass Creed" and "Showings: Some Introductory Wiseassery" in my main blog's left-hand sidebar. Please be aware that spamming, harassing, or otherwise obnoxious comments will be deleted and traced.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

The Hazing of Kathy Sierra

Lisa of Digital Medievalist has asked me to help spread the word about the truly horrific and deeply misogynist online hazing of Creating Passionate Users blogger and e-tech expert Kathy Sierra. I'll first warn you that the threats made against Ms. Sierra are exceptionally graphic and disturbing and then link to Lisa's very comprehensive post about the situation here.

Yep, some of those boys who didn't want the girls playing in "their" sandbox never managed to grow up. And they've only gotten nastier over the years.

As Lisa mentions, those who know which particular cretins lurk behind the usernames involved need to step up and alert the authorities. Credible threats of sexual assaults, beatings, and murder are illegal for a reason, and the people who make them need to be held accountable.