Kinda glad I don't live and work in tech in England because based on the design conference I attended. It feels like the guys here are even worse at mansplaining and microaggressive sexism than in the USA, lol.

Obviously NaN generalizations, but I think the conversations and awareness are further along in the USA. I had to explain why spaces only for marginalized people can be useful, and describe stereotype threat. Happy to be that person with credibility, but I was also like... lol Google pls

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Basically, what I'm saying is that my trip made me very thankful for the positive parts of the USA. It ain't perfect by far, and in many ways it's a garbage fire. But we're having conversations, sharing awareness, and working to explain why these initiatives are important.

As I told some of the guys I talked to tonight, spaces solely for marginalized people are great for killing stereotype threat. They helped me feel like a valid person who had ideas worth sharing. They have a clear purpose.

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I know it sounds frustrating when you can't exist in a space because it's not for you, but... can't you accept that? Sorry, but not everything is for the majority of people. It's a side effect of the painful, marginalizing society we live in.

For all the talk about empathy in design, I want designers to understand this. Similarly to tools that get lampooned as "lazy" when they're really aimed at people with differing physical abilities, they're just not for able-bodied people – and that's okay.


@cattsmall Hooo dang. Agreed, for all its flaws, I appreciate that the dialogue in the US is farther along. I wonder if it also might be a NYC vs London thing? Either way, thanks for speaking up!


@psyoko definitely curious about your question! NYC has spooled me. β™₯️


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