Ways Men in Tech Are Unintentionally Sexist

If you’re a person in tech, please have a read of this: Ways Men in Tech Are Unintentionally Sexist

Before you do, there’s something I’d like you to keep in the back of your mind:

If you find yourself thinking “that point is a little over-sensitive”, remember the context. If gender equality were not an issue, you might be right. But it is, and so we have to be a little more sensitive than we might otherwise be in a perfect world. It’s part of being generally more aware of the issue, so we can make things right.

As an example, in this post Kat says at one point:

Rule of thumb: Don’t say anything you wouldn’t say to a man! It’s disrespectful to focus on someone’s appearance instead of their accomplishments.

If your immediate response is, “but I would say that to a man so there’s no problem,” you’re missing the context. (Also, perhaps you shouldn’t say it to a man either?!)

Thanks for reading!

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Joining Human Made

I’m really excited to announce that, as Noel has posted about already, today is my first day in my new job at Human Made!

I’m looking forward to being a part of the Human Made team and working on the products they create, such as Happytables and WP Remote, as well as their client services offerings.

This is a fantastic fit for me. I’ve known the guys at Human Made for a number of years, and the opportunity to work alongside them is a very welcome one.

Changing roles at Stream

I will continue to have a role on the Stream team in an advisory capacity. Frankie, Luke, and the rest of the team working on Stream are incredible. I’m looking forward to seeing where Stream goes from here.

You should absolutely go and sign up for the Stream Insider newsletter to stay in the loop!

Upcoming travel

I’m fortunate enough to be joining the Human Made team at WordCamp Europe in Sofia, Bulgaria this year. I hope to see some of you there!

I’ve never been to Bulgaria, and I don’t speak any Bulgarian. It’s been a while since I’ve been in a country where English isn’t the official language, so I’m very much looking forward to that adventure.

I’ll also be at WordCamp San Francisco, so if I don’t see you in Bulgaria, perhaps I’ll see you there! Looking forward to another visit to Blue Bottle.

More info

Got questions about any of the above? Feel free to leave a comment below, send me a tweet, or email me. I’d love to hear from you!

Japh Happy Goodbye Kiss

An Ending and a Beginning

After almost four years in varying capacities at Envato, I’m moving on to join the good people at X-Team.

When I first joined Envato I worked on the Support Team as my family and I were travelling. It was a great job to have when on the move and wanting to also see the sights. At the time I was getting more and more active as a member of the WordPress community, and as I got to know Envato I noticed there was a large discrepancy between the company I knew and the impression the WordPress community had of them.

Envato’s passions are very much in line with my own. To educate people and enable them to support their families while having freedom of lifestyle. It’s Envato’s mission: “To Help People Learn and Earn Online.”

I’ve spent a lot of the last few years helping Envato and the WordPress community communicate with each other, and I feel like things are in a much better place than they were when I started.

“The opposite of the happy ending is not actually the sad ending–the sad ending is sometimes the happy ending. The opposite of the happy ending is actually the unsatisfying ending.”
― Orson Scott Card

It’s sad to be leaving a company and people that I love, but I leave satisfied, and am very excited about what’s next…

I’m joining an incredible team of talented people and getting back to another of my passions: building things!

At the beginning of April I will join X-Team to work on Stream.

A talented team and an exciting project, what more could I ask for?

I can already tell that 2014 is going to be an incredible year!

Photo credit: Josh Janssen