The FADER Weekend Reading List

Stories on programming’s very female past, the women who brought down Roger Ailes, and glass bricks.

September 09, 2016
The FADER Weekend Reading List Illustration by Leah Mandel
What Programming's Past Reveals About Today's Gender-Pay Gap

Rhaina Cohen, The Atlantic

Once upon a time, when computers were only just becoming a thing, programming — that is, the action or process of writing computer programs — was a women-dominated field. Programmers were mainly female because men didn't consider the job difficult, or requiring any serious skill (similar to the "Pink Ghetto" of social media these days). But once computers became a thing, men swooped in and, instead of the perception of women in those jobs changing, the perspective of the job changed. This article tells the story of that change, and how the trend continues.

6 Indigenous Activists On Why They’re Fighting The Dakota Access Pipeline

Braudie Blais-Billie, The FADER

If you don't know what's going on with the Dakota Access Pipeline — the construction of a crude oil pipeline that will, and has, destroyed sacred Sioux religious grounds and treaty-protected territory — please read this immediately.

Why Do Tourists Visit Ancient Ruins Everywhere Except The United States?

Alex Mayyasi, Priceonomics

Speaking of indigenous erasure and prejudice, here is a look into the white supremacy and colonialism that made invisible the importance of Native American cities and structures — and how America's violent past (and refusal to acknowledge it) means those ruins don't get the attention they would have otherwise.

Also in tourism this week: Photos of the cruise that takes people across the once impenetrable Northwest Passage, from Bloomberg.


The Revenge Of Roger’s Angels

Gabriel Sherman, New York Mag

"Ailes built not just a conservative cable news channel but something like a fourth branch of government; a propaganda arm for the GOP; an organization that determined Republican presidential candidates, sold wars, and decided the issues of the day for 2 million viewers," wrote Sherman in this piece on how the women of Fox News took down the mighty Roger Ailes earlier this year. "What they have exposed is both a culture of misogyny and one of corruption and surveillance, smear campaigns and hush money, with implications reaching far wider than one disturbed man at the top."

Also from the New York Mag this week: A father's traumatic experience of the internet's post-Sandy Hook conspiracy theories.

Who Killed Ferguson Activist Darren Seals?

Wesley Lowery, Washington Post

A profile of and investigation into the killing of Black Lives Matter and anti-gun violence activist Darren Seals, who was found dead in his burning car on August 3.

How Three Caribbean Restaurants Help Keep Brooklyn’s Island Pride Strong

Nyle Daniels, The FADER

The people behind beloved neighborhood restaurants Gloria’s, Veggies, and Peppa’s on how they’ve made Brooklyn a home away from home.

Letter Of Recommendation: Glass Bricks

Molly Lambert, New York Times

Take a quick jaunt into the past with Molly Lambert's quaint obsession with the glass brick, the object that was designed to let light into factories, and now we find everywhere.

Also from the NYT this week: There are actually four species, of giraffe, not one.

The FADER Weekend Reading List