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Squarespace + Design For All »

typodactyl:

As expected, the design community has responded pretty negatively to Squarespace’s decision to offer up automated and assisted logo design for their customers. There’s some intelligent back and forth on Twitter and of course ironic Tumblrs abounding.

  • Of course, the negative responses are…

medievalpoc:

heartsalchemy:

medievalpoc:

Peter Lely

Portrait of Elizabeth Murray

England (c. 1650)

Oil on canvas, 124 x 119 cm

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I think I have seen pictures of this before, in high school maybe, but I don’t remember there being a second person before. I seem to remember this image being cropped differently too, which is very disturbing because now that I see the entire painting, the way I remember it being cropped was very clearly and deliberately intended to remove the person holding the tray of flowers.

Since we’re throwing haymakers at the kyriarchy today, I think this is something that we should really be talking about too, because it happens

ALL. THE. TIME.

Level 1: People of Color from Medieval, Renaissance, and other Early Modern European works were often literally painted over in later decades or centuries.

For example: In this painting, Giulia de’Medici (the child) was painted over in the 19th century:

Level 2: It was very fashionable in a lot of 17th and 18th century paintings to have a Black servant featured in portraits of very important historical figures from European History.

Honestly? They’re practically ubiquitous. A lot of the very famous paintings you’ve seen of European and American historical figures have a Black servant in them that have been cropped out or painted over.

Those silly stock photos from your American History Professor’s Powerpoint?

Your Professor’s PowerPoint for “George Washington”:

The actual painting:

Your professor’s Powerpoint on Jean Chardin:

The actual painting:

PowerPoint on Maria Henriette Stuart (with some commentary about the Habsburg jaw):

Actual Painting:

But, because of whitewashed history curricula, teachers and professors continue to use the cropped images because they don’t want their lecture to get “derailed” by a discussion about race.

These images are also more commonly seen on stock photo sites, including ones for academic use.

I honestly can’t find anyone really writing about this, or even any analysis on how often the cropped photos are used.

The reason they are so easy to crop out is because of the the artistic conventions which reflect the power hierarchy:

Oil paintings of aristocratic families from this period make the point clearly. Artists routinely positioned black people on the edges or at the rear of their canvasses, from where they gaze wonderingly at their masters and mistresses. In order to reveal a ‘hierarchy of power relationships’, they were often placed next to dogs and other domestic animals, with whom they shared, according to the art critic and novelist David Dabydeen, ‘more or less the same status’. Their humanity effaced, they exist in these pictures as solitary mutes, aesthetic foils to their owners’ economic fortunes.

This is drastically oversimplified, but at least it addresses it directly.

If anyone knows more on any studies or statistical evidence on this tendency, feel free to add it.

fat-feminist:

whatwouldmommywear:

africa-will-unite:

“I will give you an example of how race affects my life. I live in a place called Alpine, New Jersey. Live in Alpine, New Jersey, right? My house costs millions of dollars. [some whistles and cheers from the audience] Don’t hate the player, hate the game. In my neighborhood, there are four black people. Hundreds of houses, four black people. Who are these black people? Well, there’s me, Mary J. Blige, Jay-Z and Eddie Murphy. Only black people in the whole neighborhood. So let’s break it down, let’s break it down: me, I’m a decent comedian. I’m a’ight. [applause] Mary J. Blige, one of the greatest R&B singers to ever walk the Earth. Jay-Z, one of the greatest rappers to ever live. Eddie Murphy, one of the funniest actors to ever, ever do it. Do you know what the white man who lives next door to me does for a living? He’s a fucking dentist! He ain’t the best dentist in the world…he ain’t going to the dental hall of fame…he don’t get plaques for getting rid of plaque. He’s just a yank-your-tooth-out dentist. See, the black man gotta fly to get to somethin’ the white man can walk to.” Chris Rock

Well, America in a nutshell

“The black man gotta fly to get somethin’ the white man can walk to.”

fat-feminist:

whatwouldmommywear:

africa-will-unite:

“I will give you an example of how race affects my life. I live in a place called Alpine, New Jersey. Live in Alpine, New Jersey, right? My house costs millions of dollars. [some whistles and cheers from the audience] Don’t hate the player, hate the game. In my neighborhood, there are four black people. Hundreds of houses, four black people. Who are these black people? Well, there’s me, Mary J. Blige, Jay-Z and Eddie Murphy. Only black people in the whole neighborhood. So let’s break it down, let’s break it down: me, I’m a decent comedian. I’m a’ight. [applause] Mary J. Blige, one of the greatest R&B singers to ever walk the Earth. Jay-Z, one of the greatest rappers to ever live. Eddie Murphy, one of the funniest actors to ever, ever do it. Do you know what the white man who lives next door to me does for a living? He’s a fucking dentist! He ain’t the best dentist in the world…he ain’t going to the dental hall of fame…he don’t get plaques for getting rid of plaque. He’s just a yank-your-tooth-out dentist. See, the black man gotta fly to get to somethin’ the white man can walk to.” Chris Rock

Well, America in a nutshell

The black man gotta fly to get somethin’ the white man can walk to.”

Pledge to be an ally against rape in tech (TW: rape) »

typodactyl:

I love my job. I love who I work with and possessing a high-level of respect and joy in the industry.

Unfortunately, the community is riff with privileged people who act in the most antagonistic way when their privilege is called out. The self-loathing women who pursue with passion to be “the one that gets” as they remark with great disdain how feminists are at fault for not taking responsibility for their own assaults with the support of only white men who continue to say without any self-awareness that “they fear for their jobs” if they speak up for men’s rights.

This happened: a woman was assaulted. She blogged about it because the man who did was an invited speaker to a conference. The people who witnessed and even stepped in knowing that it was wrong believe he should be forgiven and allowed to speak at conferences.

Her supporters are being attacked throughout Twitter for “ruining the man’s life”.

Just like the Adria Richards’ incident, the response is dramatically out of proportion. The fact there are so many people who believe that a violent criminal’s rights precede the safety of the community is disturbing.

In a couple of months, I’ll be going to an event to encourage more young women to take on STEM careers. Sadly, I feel like we should include self-defense training and complimentary bottles of pepper spray, because until we can really do something about it, rape-culture and tech-culture is synonymous.

If you want to learn more, click on that link and read the accounts at the bottom. If you have tech skills, go ahead and add your name to the list.

If you have Twitter, the co-signers of the petition are all being attacked by MRAs and in very violent and antagonistic threats.

The last comment on Justine’s post? Joe (her assaulter) for president!

There’s a myth that when someone says something racist or sexist that it’s offensive; it’s not. Those words are just violent and aggressive so it hurts—deeply. People who choose to aggressively attack attempts to right and remove pain from the world, by that choice are violent and self-centered. Empathy is something I would prefer they had, and wish existed in abundance.

The importance of safety for women within the tech community is pressing. So much of our ability to communicate what happens like rape, violence, oppression, discrimination, systematic problems like racism or homophobia; so much of the success of those stories being shared is dependent on the tech community.

When are stories are erased and silenced, it’s because there are privileged white, hetero, men behind these technologies. Working to make the tech community safer for women is making it possible for us to continue our work to be a better community for women and men.

I’ll be adding my name to the pledge and why I’m no Ruby, Python, or deep developer, what goes on in the tech community affects me deeply as a digital designer.

Misogyny and the Marketing Chick »

She’s not in tech, she’s around it. She doesn’t understand engineering. She’s not a programmer. She probably got her job because she’s pretty. Or how did she get that job, she’s not even pretty. She probably got her job from sleeping with that guy. She probably does social media. She’s helping out with the conference. She’s doing the launch. She’s setting up the meetings. She’s writing mass emails. She’s composing tweets.

She’s just here to serve the beer and order lunch.

Fuck, we hate her. We hate her so much. We want her out of our industry so bad.