See earlier Wiki post if you don't know about Wikipedia. In a nutshell, it's amazing, and I'm having fun with it.
Here's a thread started by Wiki'ers (men, apparently) who were under the impression that women don't wiki. They thought the programming culture or the "masculine group structure" -- whatever that means -- scared away the girls. (I suppose that there's lots of work for programmers at Wiki; I'm strictly about content.) The wikigrrrrrrrrrrrls took note of the blathering and responded loud and clear: Girls Do Wiki. The structure actually promotes collaboration, and according to the Venus/Mars model, women thrive in such environments. There are women programmers. I think some programming guys who actually didn't know any Real Girls, or were too scared to ask, started the rumor.
I found the debate when I Googled Wiki Wiki Girl (no quotes, shoulda had 'em) to see if anyone remembers that phrase. In the late '60's or early '70's, Chevron had an advertising campaign with the "Wiki Wiki Girl" -- a gorgeous pseudo-Polynesian woman in a grass skirt hula-ing her butt off on top of a gas pump. There may have been a contest involved. I remember it only because 10 years later, I had my first full-time job working for the Wiki Wiki Girl herself, Irene Tsu, former dancer and now fashion designer. I got the job because I knew her husband, photographer/director Ivan Nagy. (Pronounced Yvonne Nazhh, not that it matters.) He had directed several dreadful movies in the early '70's my dad had acted in, and everyone had stayed in touch. His was the biography I wanted to write in Wikipedia, which at this stage is left blank. The only mention of him to date is in the biographical note of another woman he started seeing long after his divorce from Irene, and my departure from the job and both their lives. In the '90's, he was Heidi Fleiss's . . . boyfriend ( and procurer? pimp? partner?) -- yes, the Hollywood Madam. His involvement was shadowy and I believe no criminal charges were ever proved. However, he appeared at great length in a documentary about her, and the film actually became less about her sinful exploits than about the seriously sick relationship they, well, appeared to enjoy. I intended just to fill in his earlier life, list the films he directed, etc., because I have no direct knowledge of any of his later adventures. But . . . since it's just us chickens . . . I can tell you this.
About 3 months before the whole Fleiss brothel was busted, my father got a call from Ivan, the first in several years. After some small talk, Ivan asked my dad about his living arrangements. He asked about the house Dad had inherited from his mother, which he was renting to students -- it had 4, possibly 5 bedrooms -- and whether it was vacant. Ivan gradually elaborated: he was offering my dad free rent in a house, maybe my grandmother's or maybe a house in Hollywood, in exchange for a little watering, keeping the place up, and playing house mother -- "college girls" would be renting the remaining rooms. The whole thing sounded so vague and half-baked that my father begged off. Once Ivan hit the nightly news (and he and Heidi dominated the newscasts in LA for some time), the plan, of course, became very clear . . .
Back to the gender issue on Wikipedia. Ironically, was that the first biography I worked on in a minor way concerned a female-to-male transsexual friend. The authors of the entry debated at enormous length the policy for gender references in pronouns in such cases: retroactive or no? Many of those involved in the debate, they made clear, were transsexuals, and felt that it would be wrong to refer to any gender but the chosen one, because they had, to their core, been that gender from the start, but were housed in the wrong body. Nothing concrete was decided for future cases. In this case, the subject was contacted and he agreed, because of his activism as a lesbian before the gender change, that it made more sense to use a female term during that time. This seems the logical conclusion for this biography; certainly no one can sensibly object if it makes the entry clear (and it would be hopelessly unclear if written without any gender reference or only the male) and the subject agrees. I find it amusing that the initial Girls Don't Wiki thread started by the male Wiki'ers don't even go there at all. Many genders Wiki.
Will you wiki too? Ewww, this is starting to sound just too cute.web family history