Annalee Newitz (pictured), a columnist for Alternet and a freelance writer for alt-weeklies and online publications for a decade, explains in this SF Bay Guardian piece what it is like for a woman to be Slashdotted. is like the New York Times for techies, Newitz explains, so it’s good for a tech writer to be featured on that web site — unless you’re a woman. “A few months ago, an article of mine was Slashdotted,” Newitz writes. “But instead of resulting in a lively debate about technology and social justice, it instead produced a popular thread in the ‘comments’ area about whether I was too fat to be considered attractive.” Newitz goes on to give her reaction to the postings and explain the evolution she’s seeing among techie guys. BTW, her own web site is

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