Just For The Record presents a new event!
On the occasion of the Pink Screens Festival, Just For The Record proposes a workshop in which the participants are invited to question gender and its representations both on and off the screen.
Together with filmmaker Anne Smolar and members of the Pink Screens’ team, we will go back in the herstory of the festival and highlight lesbian and feminist filmmakers who were part of the festival’s program. We will look at how they are represented on Wikipedia, if they are, and how they are connected to each other. We will follow the thread developed during our last event in Hana Miletić’s exhibition at Beursschouwburg, on (red) links.
The collaborative writing of its contents produces a sort of patchwork of different voices, which represents a potential for diversity. In this digital fabric, how are our voices interweaved? How does this diversity of voices influence the network of subjects represented? Can it help to develop intersectional approaches and go beyond biases inherited from a long history of writing knowledge?
Pictures of the event
- Venue: Muntpunt, Place de la Monnaie 6, 1000 Bruxelles
- Date: Saturday November 12th 2016
- Time: 12:00 – 16:30
- Language: Dutch, English, French
- Cost: Free
- Participants: Open to anyone interested in this experience: beginners welcome! débutant(e)s bienvenu(e)s! beginners welkom! Experienced Wikipedia editors will be present and will share their knowledge in editing Wikipedia.
- What to Bring: Attendees can bring their own laptops and power cords.
- A temporary library will be set up by the participants who are invited to bring their books and digital documents to share with the others!
What can you do?
During the event, we invite you to contribute to Wikipedia and to the discussions around the gender gap on Wikipedia. You can edit an existing article to improve it, create a new one about a subject that doesn’t exist, but we also highly value the sharing of editing experiences, and ideas about what could make Wikipedia a more welcoming and colorful place!
Here are interrogations we would like to share with you:
- if Wikipedia can be considered as a tool to re·write history, how would you like it to be written?
- what is the influence the way we write on the representation of history and its main figures?
- can writing ever be neutral?
First steps on wikipedia
- Add your name to the participant list of this event at the bottom of this page
- Write some informations on your own wiki page by clicking on your user name at the top of the page (so that your name doesn't appear in red when you start editing articles)
- Write some informations on your Sandbox, also at the top of the page
- Improve an existing article
- Create a new article
Ideas to start editing
Articles that need your help!
Here are lists identifying articles that could benefit from edits and expansion:
- These lists mostly link to English Wikipedia, don’t forget your own language’s Wikipedia!
Look for problematic language
- Man as false generic: Ban the use of the words man, men and mankind to refer to a person or persons of unspecified sex or to persons of both sexes.
The page Writing about women offers great insights. Look for the following problems in existing pages and try to fix them:
- Male is not the default: Avoid labelling a woman as a female (ex: author, politician etc.), unless her gender is explicitly relevant to the article. An opposite example is saying male nurse.
- Use surnames: Look for articles using surnames for men, while calling women by their first name. See example
- Infoboxes are an important source of metadata (see DBpedia) and a source of discrimination against women. For example, the word spouse is more likely to appear in a woman's infobox than in a man's.
- This is a good and terrifying exercise, try to find a page (that is not) defining women by their relationships in the first paragraph.
- One study found that women on Wikipedia are more linked to men than men are linked to women.
- Use gender-neutral nouns when describing professions and positions
- Try changing the order in which groups are introduced – man and woman, male and female, Mr. and Mrs., husband and wife, brother and sister
- The use of the generic he (masculine pronouns such as he, him, his) is increasingly avoided in sentences that might refer to men and women.
- Avoid problematic phrasing when talking about married people. See examples
- Do not refer to adult women as girls or ladies!
- Avoid images that objectify women!
Resources for editing
Lesbian/queer/feminist/women filmmakers (initiated by Anne Smolar)
To be completed with more filmmakers, more diversity, etc!
Other female filmmakers of relevance
grass roots, early cinema (silent movies), distributors, …
Thoughts in progress
Still in need of care!
- Women's cinema: “Most of the distinguished female directors have avoided any association with cinema in the hesitation of marginalization and ideological controversy.” ?
- Inés Suárez
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Draft:Annik_Leroy needs improvement to be able to stay!! “This draft has been resubmitted and is currently awaiting re-review.”
- create a new a category / message banner “filmmaker that need attention”
Participants - Sign Up Here!
Sign here to help us learn more about how users interact with Wikipedia! If you sign up, we can observe how your username uses the Wikimedia projects during and after this event. This will help us to better measure the effectiveness of this event and similar programs. This means that your publicly available activity and the information you share with us during this event may be processed by the Wikimedia Foundation, Art+Feminism, and the organizers of the local event, and may be transferred to or from the US and other countries that may not have the same level of privacy regulation that your country does. However, we will not share your information with third parties or publicly unless it's in aggregated or anonymized form.
Prior to the event:
Don't worry! If you haven't edited Wikipedia before and don't have a Wikipedia User Name yet, we will help you on the day of the event! And remember to have fun!
- Do you have a Wikipedia User Name?
- No? Create a Wikipedia account
- Yes? Go to Step #2
- Sign up! Add your Wikipedia User Name to this section by clicking the blue button below (follow instructions). Your name will be added to the bottom of this page
Red Links 22.10.2016:
- Epi0 (talk) 13:10, 12 November 2016 (UTC)
Lindafotograaf (talk) 13:20, 12 November 2016 (UTC)