Today’s selection of articles:
- “The patriarchy will always have its revenge“, by Jennifer Weiner (NY Times, 2018-09-22). Do we want revenge, or do we want progress? The two are not mutually exclusive. But their essences are at loggerheads: Revenge stems from the desire to make someone else feel our pain; progress stems from the desire to spare someone else our pain. Which we seek speaks our motives more loudly and truly than any words we might say.
The sentiments in this article cry out to me. My heart resonates with their plea. We want progress, we “swallow our pain”, we suppress our desire for revenge,…but the progress does not happen. How long must we wait? How many others must suffer as we have?
Waiting for those “in power” to fix things for us may be part of the problem. Do those in power have sufficient incentive to change or dismantle a system that has put them “on top”? Seeking revenge is one way of seizing the power of change for ourselves. But it is not the only way. And it may not be the best one.
Be chary of stereotyping. There are egregious examples of men who refuse to accept responsibility or to apologize. This does not mean that men as a group do not know how to be sorry. Stereotyping in any sphere or debate tends to the same results: artificial boundaries, oversimplified analysis, and avoidable resentment.
- “Tech thinks is has a fix for the problems it created: blockchain“, by Nathaniel Popper (NY Times, 2018-04-01).
- “Web application security: understanding the browser“, by Alex Nadalin (freeCodeCamp, 2018-09-19). An overview of how a web browser works. This explanation sets the stage for subsequent articles on security.