We Fucked Up

over 7 years ago from Andrew Wilkinson, Publisher of Designer News

  • Nicole DominguezNicole Dominguez, over 7 years ago

    I was one of the first people to bring this issue up, before DN even really announced the t-shirts.

    I'm a woman, and the reason this is important and worth talking about is because of the tone and attitude DN seems to take when choosing to offer only Mens shirts. Even if the shirts were indeed "unisex", they were consciously labeled as shirts for Men, not just shirts. As other women on this thread have mentioned, one of the repercussions of the t-shirt fiasco was that it creates a space that is not safe or welcoming for women.

    Granted, I doubt DN had those intentions - or any bad intentions for that matter. But this is a community, a community where we should be able to challenge the status quo and expect more from ourselves and leadership.

    Should we just accept the microaggressions, saying nothing about inequality?

    Should we not expect more from DN, from ourselves?

    Maybe talking about this kind of stuff will show decision makers and leaders that sexism in tech is real. Worth being concerned about. Worth trying to fix.

    4 points