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Are there individuals involved with type design who believe their participation here is not welcome because of their gender, race, nationality, or ethnicity? Stephen, has anyone said this?
Not explicitly, no. But, as some have described, there are reasons beyond outright hostility that dissuade some from participating. Up until this week I have been painfully aware that TD had a woeful lack of active women and minority participants, and I wanted to explore ways that we could be more inclusive. Can’t hurt. I think, despite a few digressions, this discussion is useful. At least it’s encouraging women to express their concerns. It’s a start.
I feel as if no one has clearly articulated the grievances we're being asked to redress. Are there individuals involved with type design who believe their participation here is not welcome because of their gender, race, nationality, or ethnicity?
Mustn’t break consensus.
Thank you all for the valuable points. Elizabeth, your recall of Roxane Gay's remark is spot on. Simply being aware of the position one occupies, and one's position in regard to others, is enough to encourage better behavior. Or so one can hope.
Stephen, we're grateful for the reminder.
From TypeDrawers Rule Number 2:
Post topics appropriate for TypeDrawers, and post them in the appropriate category. Get to know the categories listed on the left. If the topic you wish to discuss doesn’t fit in any of those categories, it’s probably not right for TypeDrawers.
I think it is irrelevant, whether someone who contributes here is a woman, a man, or belongs to any minority.
I am in favor of diversity of ideas, opinions, techniques, thoughts, etc., which is relevant for TypeDrawers.
I am in favor of diversity in many, many other ways—but I don't speak about that here, because it is not relevant here.
I think the current discussion doesn’t fit in any of the categories listed on the left.
PS. The rules for decent behavior here, are the same for women, men, and members of any minority.
Gudrun Zapf von Hesse who did a superb job of defining female talent without using a megaphone.
"...it's pretty clear he is just nicely telling women they should keep their mouths shut."
Jackson, I disagree with your interpretation. Everyone interprets things differently and while Michael's comments could be considered strong by some I don't think he intended to insult anyone, even obliquely. Even if he did, it's just his opinion, nothing more.
FWIW, I have known some male type designers who would have been better received had they lost their megaphone too. :-)
it's pretty clear he is just nicely telling women they should keep their mouths shut.
Not everyone has opportunities handed to them. Most people have to go after what they want.