Five Star's 276th Edition Is Brought to You By James Patterson

This week's Five Star roundup is brought to you by the need for female characters in games, privilege and cultural appropriation, women in tech, the happy truth about ageing, religious grief, making a living online, and James Patterson:

photo credit: Blaues Sofa

photo credit: Blaues Sofa

My style is colloquial storytelling. It's the way we tell stories to one another - it's not writerly, it's not overdone.

— James Patterson —

Happy Tuesday!


"Deep Down the Rabbit Hole of Ingrained Games Industry Sexism" by Brenna Hillier at VG24/7:

Deep Down apparently won't contain any playable female characters. It’s 2014. This is video games. Brenna Hillier is, predictably, pretty fucking angry.

"The Difference Between Cultural Exchange and Cultural Appropriation" by Jarune Uwujaren at Everyday Feminism:

…as free as people should be to wear whatever hair and clothing they enjoy,using someone else’s cultural symbols to satisfy a personal need for self-expression is an exercise in privilege.

Because for those of us who have felt forced and pressured to change the way we look, behave, and speak just to earn enough respect to stay employed and safe, our modes of self-expression are still limited.

"Software Engineering Made a Woman Outta Me" by Jennifer Gilbert at Medium:

The community spends a lot of time discussing the misdeeds of men in tech, and for good reason. But we shouldn’t let that bias us into interpreting my complaints as an accusation of wrongdoing.

It’s possible for me to work with some of the nicest and most respectful people in the world and still suspect that I might be more effective professionally if more of them were women.

"Top 10 Reasons Why Being 40-Something Rocks" by Karen Walrond at Chookooloonks:

That said, I was recently conversing with my friend Susannah, who turns 41 today.  She was lamenting the fact that rarely does she ever read anything positive about being in your forties, especially for women.  "The media keeps telling me I'm fast approaching my sell-by date," she groused.  "Frankly, I just don't buy it."

Well, thank God for that.  Because traditional media and my 12-year-old brain aside, experience has proven that 40's are amazing.  Don't believe the hype, folks.

"On Mourning" by Hannah Heinzekehr at The Femonite:

I have spent the last few days in mourning. And I continue to mourn today.

I mourn the fact that – within the church where I work and worship – we have to have conversations about who is worthy of love and welcome.

"Thriving In the Attention Economy", an interview with Clayton Cubitt, by Kim Boekbinder at Medium:

…people are starting to realize that “likes” don’t pay for content, and they really do want to contribute to artists that make amazing things. And the old Internet companies that don’t get smarter about enabling this human desire risk being sidelined by the new breed that gets it. So I’m confident it’ll become more embedded into new platforms.


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