Tiffany B. Brown

Posts in: Race, Gender, Class & Identity

On “Lean In”
Sheryl Sandberg is a formidable woman. She is, after all, the Harvard Business School educated, well-connected billionaire COO of Facebook. And that makes people want to listen to her and heed her advice. It is in this spirit, and for these reasons, I assume, that Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead was […] [29 Apr 2013]
How every conversation about race ever on the internet goes
Someone makes a comment or corny “joke” that is kinda racist and kinda classist, but mostly harmless.1 Someone else — sometimes in the group targeted, sometimes not — says “Hey THAT’S RACIST!” Someone else, usually not in the target group (read: “someone not black / Latino / Asian American / Native American, because those are […] [25 Feb 2013]
On Education and Equality
Since the 1980s, the main driver of Finnish education policy has been the idea that every child should have exactly the same opportunity to learn, regardless of family background, income, or geographic location. Education has been seen first and foremost not as a way to produce star performers, but as an instrument to even out […] [1 Jan 2012]
On Google+ and Gender
Another social network launches and another kerfluffle about gender and privacy is born. This time it’s Google+, it’s must-be-public* gender drop down, and the choice to identify as “Male,” “Female,” or “Other.” Randall Munroe sums it up nicely. For a discussion about why “Other” is problematic as a category, see Sarah Dopp’s piece from November, […] [22 Jul 2011]
Fear of loss and class position
This generation of the middle classes has internalised the values of individualist aspiration, as zealously propagated by Tony Blair as by Margaret Thatcher. It does not look to the application of social justice to improve its lot. It expects to rely on its own efforts to get ahead and, crucially, to maintain its position. From […] [19 May 2011]
From misogyny to truth: on conference representation
Design conferences are like a competition, and only the best of the best are allowed the privilege of sharing their wealth of knowledge and experience to teach us. Any other perspective is illogical. I will also ignore the fact that slaves were originally prohibited from competing in the Olympics. That’s Faruk Ateş in his post […] [4 May 2011]
On the Oppression Olympics
I am tired of people having this debate about the relative impact of pejorative words on their target minority group. If injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere, then the relative power of an antigay gay slur is irrelevant, it is simply a threat to human dignity, and that should appall us all. That’s […] [15 Apr 2011]
On the mobile digital divide
But now some see a new “digital divide” emerging—with Latinos and blacks being challenged by more, not less, access to technology. It’s tough to fill out a job application on a cell phone, for example. … Fifty-one percent of Hispanics and 46 percent of blacks use their phones to access the Internet, compared with 33 […] [9 Jan 2011]
Maybe it assumes that I’m butch
Or “Why are Daily Mile‘s default avatars male?” This is a pretty common — and I would guess, frequently wrong — assumption on the part of web site user interface designers. No, your users won’t all be male. Yes, many women and genderqueer people will be annoyed that you made such an assumption. No, “But […] [3 Jan 2011]
On “justice” and the Scott Sisters
The prison terms were suspended — not commuted — on the condition that Gladys donate a kidney to Jamie, who is seriously ill with diabetes and high blood pressure and receives dialysis at least three times a week. Gladys had long expressed a desire to donate a kidney to her sister, but to make that […] [2 Jan 2011]