- In the wake of #GamerGate, dozens (hundreds?) of people involved in the gaming industry have signed an open letter to the gaming community, embracing diversity and asking for members to put a stop to discrimination when they see it. [Medium]
- MAC is launching a Rocky Horror-themed makeup collection, if that’s the sort of thing you’re into. (It is absolutely the sort of thing I’m into.) [Bustle]
- Jezebel visited BronyCon, and discussed a few interesting things other conventions might want to pay attention to, particularly the diversity of attendees and dealing with their different comfort levels.
- A woman allegedly got fired from her comic store job for complaining about a storage room called the “rape room.” I can’t even with this bullshit. Stop. [Bleeding Cool]
- Jenny Trout, also known as paranormal romance writer Jennifer Armintrout, recapped the first one and a half seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer on her blog, paying particular attention to some reoccurring problems, including “Xander is a textbook Nice Guy” and “Sex is the real villain of the Buffy The Vampire Slayer universe.” She brings all the wit I remember from her epic takedown of 50 Shades of Grey.
- The Mary Sue has an intense piece on why it can sometimes take until adulthood to fully embrace nerdy interests (hint: it is sexism). It’s a topic I will definitely be revisiting myself, and it’s worth a look.
- Researchers at Ohio State University used Second Life to see if less racial diversity in MMOs correlates to players choosing whiter-looking avatars for themselves. Unsurprisingly, it does. [The Mary Sue]
- Margaret Atwood’s just been named the first contributor to the Future Library project, so we won’t be able to read what she’s working on until our consciousnesses have been uploaded into mechanical bodies, living on forever. [The Guardian]