Facets: Issue 40

July 15, 2017

Why Do All These Women Keep Accusing Me of Sexual Harassment?

Sarah Cooper
"It's not sexual harassment, it's quid pro quo — another business term you should get familiar with.""

Cooper’s letter from a VC satire at its finest. As we read, we laugh at its subject and his absurdity, but the piece shines in that moment where we pause and think back to the actual apologies from the VCs themselves— they don’t differ too much from this one.

How the Tech World Apologizes

Alyssa Bereznak
"These accusations have also turned Medium into the de facto apology platform — and, in a strange twist, a place for the accused to offer their advice on how to fix the problem."

A solution is not an apology; Bereznak takes a deeper look at the nature of the platitudes offered by Sacca, McClure, and Canter among others, critiquing the short-sighted practice of saying “sorry” and then, in the same breath, offering ways to fix the problem— instead of simply listening and understanding how not to do it again.

Part III: Why Most Conversations in Tech About Diversity Are Bullshit — and What to Do About It

Vivianne Castillo
"if the only way we can get the tech community to care about diversity in the workplace is by appealing to profits and productivity, then at best we’re assholes"

In a multi-part series, Castillo looks at the harsh realities behind why diversity discussions so often fail. Part III is about greed: the oft-discussed notion that diversity leads to profits. When advocating for inclusion, we’re trying to convince people to care deeply about one another— when all some people want is to appear to care. Castillo rightly points out that, when we talk about profits and business outcomes, we’re encouraging that disconnect.

Recovering from a Toxic job

Nat Dudley
"I discovered that I’d internalised many lessons on interacting and communicating that don’t apply in a healthy environment."

Long after we leave a toxic workplace, its toxicity can continue to permeate our lives, dictating how we interact with each other and with our work. Dudley asks five questions; our responses can help us the recognize the lingering impacts of that workplace, overcome the fears which drive them, and where to look for help.

Working at a tech company as a person of color

Aleenah Ansari
"since I’ve spent my whole trying to prove that I deserve to have access to fulfilling and lucrative careers, it can be easy to forget that I might be worthy of the opportunities"

As Ansari describes the search for her dream job, she also details the fear of doing so as a perennial outsider. In overcoming that fear, however, she brings a hugely valuable voice to the Microsoft table as a content publishing intern. She shares the insights gained from her journey so far, but one really stands out: she still has to make an active choice to believe in herself, every day— to choose to believe in her own capability and remember that she earned the opportunities she has, and is deserving of them.

Also check out...

Zebras Unite: "Zebras Fix What Unicorns Break" is the mission of this grassroots movement, aiming to enable the underrepresented not just to enter the industry as-is, but to counter it wholesale.

Inclusive Components: Each post on this blog takes a common interface component and comes up with a more inclusive, accessible version of it.

"We can't find them." "We didn’t know they existed." No more excuses: here’s 200 Black Women in tech to follow on Twitter. From Jeneba Jalloh Ghatt.

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