Friday Links is not Married to a Crawley Sister

Downton Abbey is back! And slightly less nutso than season 2! I don’t have a link for this, I just wanted to say it. 😀

Great discussion on publishers and how they all do things completely differently, from Justine Larbalestier and Diana Peterfreund.

The Royal Society is holding an edit-a-thon for Wikipedia to improve its information on female scientists. Link includes a bonus comic by Kate Beaton which explains exactly the problem of how female scientists have been treated historically.

Dan Slott writes a crazy long tweetrant about why trashing celebrities online is totally fine, but using their Twitter handle to push those comments in their face is just plain mean. And this is why we can’t have nice things. Worth reading in its entirety.

Excerpts from a speech by Geena Davis on the gender inequalities in TV/movies and the effect that this can have on real girls and women: “What our culture is saying with the lack of strong female leads and hypersexualization of female characters in shows for children is that girls and women are less valuable than boys and men. We’re training yet another generation not to notice gender imbalance.”

A new webcomic from Faith Erin Hicks, the writer/artist behind Friends with Boys. “Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong” is a teen story of robot competitions, school council and cheerleaders, and the first 20 pages are up now. The whole book will be posted online one page at a time, leading up to the print publication.

Geek Feminism looks at pipeline guilt, the pressure that many women feel to stay in non-traditional career paths so as not to contribute to the attrition rates of women in science etc.

Karen Gillan says goodbye to Doctor Who.

Reddit users mocking the image of a Sikh woman with facial hair are “righteously schooled” when the woman behind the photograph is terribly nice to them and explains her philosophy/religion. And then the guy who posted the pic apologises. Yes, really. ON THE INTERNET.

Speaking of trolls and apologies, this heartrending story of a man who was targeted online and how he discovered the real story behind the “troll” who had done such psychological damage to himself and his family.

Charlie Jane wonders if science fiction can bring back the epistolary novel. Some great ideas there though I can’t help thinking that actually epic fantasy is the genre that is most likely to attract long letter writers…

The Mary Sue presents Diane Krump, the first female jockey in the 60’s, and her awesome story. Especially the bit where she becomes the bionic woman.