Squarespace + Design For All -
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…
”Wake up every morning and tell yourself that you’re a badass bitch from hell and that no one can fuck with you and then don’t let anyone fuck with you.” - Kate Nash
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Ami's Tumblr Place of Cat DOOOM: As my tweet has exploded both on tumblr and twitter, I’m getting... -
As my tweet has exploded both on tumblr and twitter, I’m getting disturbed by how more than a few guys have responded by telling me that this tactic wouldn’t stop them, or that it would encourage them to hit on women more. It disturbs me because you recognize that this tweet is expressing the…
“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.”
Things I Ate That I Love: Time makes you bolder. -
One time I was sitting in an almost-empty café in Asbury Park, typing on my old laptop which has a “Fleetwood MacBook" decal on the back. I had headphones on. Two middle-aged guys in suits came into the café, got their lattes, and sat down a few tables away from me. After a few minutes I noticed…
Pledge to be an ally against rape in tech (TW: rape) -
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.
Misandry Mermaid: On Misandry Being Real and Not Being Real -
It probably seems confusing. Women* making statements like “Misandry doesn’t exist, there’s no such thing as misandry” in one moment, and identifying as misandrist in the next.
What is misandry?
Misandry is generally defined as a hatred of men, while misogyny is the hatred of women. Misandry…
Julie P.: I think I'm in an emotionally abusive relationship…with the tech community -
I have been feeling some burnout this year as a programmer. It’s not coming from my job, which I enjoy and is a great balance of challenging and supportive. No, it’s the rest of it. The community. The part that in theory is optional, but in reality helps build the relationships and knowledge that…
I need this shirt!
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Ruth Franklin: An open letter to a few good magazine editors; or, "I'm mad as hell and I'm not gonna take it anymore" -
Dear Jim, Scott, Graydon, Hugo, Josh, and Adam:
I hope you don’t mind that I’m calling you by your first names, even though I know only one of you. (Josh and I go way back.) I realize I could have just said, “Hey guys!” which, come to think of it, really makes my point for me. But I wanted this…
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.
amanda brooke. hi.: That Time (and TIMES) I Told a Rape Joke. -
It happened last year. It’s not something I like to talk about, but I feel like I owe it to every victim of harassment ever. I guess in this case, one particular person especially. But before we get to that, I’ll tell you about a joke I did for a very long time.
I’d been using this bit as…