Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Feminists Attack Wikipedia
Accuracy in Academia ^ | February 21, 2014 | Deborah Lambert

Posted on 02/21/2014 7:34:01 AM PST by Academiadotorg

Feminist groups at several universities recently took part in an effort called “Edit Wikipedia Day,” to address what they perceive as the sexist flaws in the website, according to a post by Leslie Eastman.

In describing the issue, Sarah Stierch, a Wikipedia contributor and researcher for the Wikimedia Foundation, told Daily Dot that the site is “aesthetically very masculine in its design,” adding that “the average Wikipedia editor is a well-educated white male. Well-educated white males have been writing history and the story of the world since ancient times.”

To improve this situation, the annual ‘Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon’ inspired feminists around the country to spend an entire day changing and rewriting the online encyclopedia to make it less masculine, according to Campus Reform.

The event is a follow-up to last year’s similar edit-a-thon, when feminist sympathizers were called upon to edit “feminist thought” into Wikipedia articles.

“It’s not like my life passion to make Wikipedia feminist, but it’s been really surprising, there’s this whole underground world that I wasn’t aware of – people who are dedicated to editing Wikipedia,” said Krystal South, an event organizer, in a statement to B**** Magazine. “The beauty of Wikipedia is it’s a public institution, people have the ability to go change it.”


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: feminists; wikipedia

1 posted on 02/21/2014 7:34:01 AM PST by Academiadotorg
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Academiadotorg

LOL.
Leftists attacking leftists.


2 posted on 02/21/2014 7:36:12 AM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Academiadotorg

““the average Wikipedia editor is a well-educated white male.”

And she knows this because she’s sitting behind the shoulder of every editor/poster on Wikipedia as the edit or add new information?


3 posted on 02/21/2014 7:36:52 AM PST by JSDude1 (Defeat Hagan, elect a Constutional Conservative: Dr. Greg Brannon!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Academiadotorg

So write Feminedia, or kwitcherbitchin.


4 posted on 02/21/2014 7:38:03 AM PST by heartwood
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Academiadotorg

OH NO, the well-educated white male!!! We’re all doomed…………..


5 posted on 02/21/2014 7:40:27 AM PST by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: JSDude1
““the average Wikipedia editor is a well-educated white male.”

How does Wikipedia prevent non-white non-males from posting material, or editing material posted by others? Does Wikipedia do some sort of racial profiling?

As far as educational level, I guess it's true that educated people have an advantage over uneducated people when it comes to communicating with each other.

Come to think of it, educated people have the advantage over uneducated people in pretty much every area of life.

That is - after all - why we have an educational establishment in the first place. And why we have universities. Which are the main places feminists are paid attention to.

6 posted on 02/21/2014 7:43:06 AM PST by Steely Tom (How do you feel about robbing Peter's robot?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Academiadotorg

“aesthetically very masculine in its design”

???


7 posted on 02/21/2014 7:44:44 AM PST by Borges
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Steely Tom
How does Wikipedia prevent non-white non-males from posting material, or editing material posted by others? Does Wikipedia do some sort of racial profiling?
They must be intentionally using this “aesthetically very masculine design” to repel wymyn!
8 posted on 02/21/2014 7:48:24 AM PST by cartan (Death to the EUSSR!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: Borges

“Feminism” is a disease of perception where everything is a slight and anything can be stated to be too masculine.
We’re all supposed to somehow feel chastised by this and coddle their lack of self esteem and skewed perceptual bias.


9 posted on 02/21/2014 7:50:08 AM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Borges

If you added some flowers, pink text and cute kittens, they would probably accuse you of stereotyping.


10 posted on 02/21/2014 7:51:04 AM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Academiadotorg

“aesthetically very masculine in its design”

Lessee here, undefendable premise, undoubtedly written by one with virtually no real education in any demanding subjects.

The writer of that drive can shove her silly little ideas up her Obamahole.

And follow them with herself.

And leave thinking to folks with measurable IQs.

Oh, and Ms Stierch, my wife would have to be dead for years for her IQ to drop to your level. Get a life..and pick up a brain whilst there.


11 posted on 02/21/2014 7:53:10 AM PST by Da Coyote
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Academiadotorg

So, they spent the day dotting all the i’s with little hearts?


12 posted on 02/21/2014 7:53:54 AM PST by SoothingDave
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SoothingDave

“So, they spent the day dotting all the i’s with little hearts?”

LOOk, very good!


13 posted on 02/21/2014 7:56:04 AM PST by jocon307
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

mark


14 posted on 02/21/2014 8:00:20 AM PST by Bigg Red (O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! Ps 8)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: FReepers

Click The Pic To Donate

Support FR, Donate Monthly If You Can

15 posted on 02/21/2014 8:02:57 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Academiadotorg
No matter. Wiki doesn't say the same thing from one day to the other. Somebody's always going in and changing interesting information.

When I google a subject, I like to go to some other site than wiki.

16 posted on 02/21/2014 8:06:15 AM PST by LouAvul (In a state of disbelief as to how liberals destroyed America in a mere 40 years.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Academiadotorg
“aesthetically very masculine in its design,”
17 posted on 02/21/2014 8:09:16 AM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th (and 17th))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Academiadotorg
When will feminist finally get mad enough at society to start giving us the silent treatment?
18 posted on 02/21/2014 8:12:15 AM PST by fungoking (Tis a pleasure to live in the Ozarks)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: WayneS
Oops. That should have read:

“aesthetically very masculine in its design,”

What the heck does that even MEAN?

19 posted on 02/21/2014 8:12:23 AM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th (and 17th))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: fungoking

That’ll be the day!


20 posted on 02/21/2014 8:12:48 AM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th (and 17th))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: fungoking

you should tweet that and make it your facebook status update.


21 posted on 02/21/2014 8:20:58 AM PST by Academiadotorg
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: smokingfrog
Ah, someone finally hot upon the unstated irony of this complaint! Regardless of the validity of the charge, to say that the website does not credit women enough, or uses “he” instead of “she” or some “gender neutral” equivalent would be one thing. To accuse it of “looking masculine” implies a duality that feminism claims is only a “social construct.”

If the sexes are the same, then neither rigidly aligned blocks of austere fonts nor flowers, pink text and cute kittens can be labeled as reflecting any sort of statement about gender preferences in aesthetics. If Ellen Degeneres chooses to appear in a short cropped hair style always wearing skater shoes, jeans, and collared shirts, is she “dressing masculine?” or is this imposing “gender stereotypes?”

It's clear those complaining about Wikipedia need to go back and finish their post graduate studies.

22 posted on 02/21/2014 8:49:36 AM PST by SoCal Pubbie
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: Academiadotorg

So the emasculation of America continues....


23 posted on 02/21/2014 9:01:50 AM PST by mikeus_maximus
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SoothingDave

my oldest daughter—16—does that.


24 posted on 02/21/2014 9:05:11 AM PST by Academiadotorg
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: Academiadotorg
the site is “aesthetically very masculine in its design,”

Computer displays are shaped like rectangles and have straight lines and right angles. Therefore, windows and Web pages tend to be shaped like rectangles and have straight lines and right angles.

When they invent a display shaped like boobs, I'm sure Web design will necessarily follow.

25 posted on 02/21/2014 10:56:21 AM PST by RansomOttawa (tm)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson