Why acknowledging sexism (even inadvertent sexism) is important

8 years ago from Emily Campbell, Design Specialist @ InVision, Mentor at OOOHours and DesignLab

  • Wil NicholsWil Nichols, 8 years ago (edited 8 years ago )

    Well said. Great to see this being addressed productively (no offense to Dan, who pointed out a real and ignored problem and made enough noise to force validation // Idgaf how he did it; it needed to be done).

    The last few months of conversations regarding representation of race and gender (somehow, orientation seems to have been omitted from most/all convos) on DN have been deplorably toxic, and so many of those participants, at least the visible majority, have been little more than vitriolic, offensive, and destructive. It's surprising to me particularly because at least in Austin, while people are nowhere near as progressive as they could be, they are at least aware of the inequalities in their field, their own privilege and its daily manifestations, and somewhat of their own personal biases.

    Hopefully this'll become the first productive, progressive conversation on DN in a while (never seen one myself).

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    • Drew AlbinsonDrew Albinson, 8 years ago

      I think some of the points you referenced in separate replies in relation to gender fluidity are and will continue to be key considerations in human-centered design. Pronouns are a common oversight there. I think orientation as identity is a valuable consideration as well although it may come up in less obvious ways than checking "m/f" on a form.

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