hannahwitton

fuckyeahfemaleyoutubers:

Earlier today Laura Chernikoff made this tweet

Which prompted this conversation

And that got me interested in working out what the demographics have been for the Special Guests (as listed on their websites) of the past four major YouTube events. I feel like we’re all generally aware that women and people of color are underrepresented at these things, but when you look at the numbers it becomes embarrassingly clear how ridiculous this disparity is.

The highest percentage of female Special Guests at any of these events was 32% at Summer in the City. LESS THAN 1/3. 

The highest percentage of Special Guests of color* at any of these events is 16% at the current Buffer Festival. LESS THAN 1/6. (And SitC only had ONE PoC on their Special Guest list this year, which is fucking absurd.)

I don’t want to rant about this too much, I just sort of want to make these numbers known because I find them maddening. And if you guys do too, I encourage you to message the organizers of these events, let them know your thoughts, and maybe recommend them some of the incredible prominent women and PoC we have in this community. 

  • Playlist Live: http://www.playlist-live.com/contact/
  • VidCon: info@vidcon.com
  • Summer in the City: support@sitc-event.co.uk
  • Buffer Festival: support@bufferfestival.com (Corey contacted me not too long ago about female representation at Buffer and I gave him a ton of names, but I don’t know if he had time to take any of those suggestions on board in time for the event. Hopefully it’s something he and the team are genuinely serious about and that next year will be better on that).

C’mon YouTube events. I love you, but you seriously need to get your shit together.

*Note that my count is based primarily on looks and the people whose races I know for sure. If I made a mistake and missed anyone who’s white passing, let me know.

biblewhore
youtubespeaks:


I’m signing because we have to stand against injustice within our community.
People who have abused a position of power should not be allowed to hold that position again. Their victims wont have a safe community until they are removed from it.
YouTube should always be a place where people view content that they love, and no one deserves to be in fear when viewing videos.
These people have abused their position as a Partner, and they should not be allowed to continue to make a profit off their videos. YouTube needs to be a safe platform for everyone.
These abusers have abused a position of power & can be triggering to their survivors.

PETITION YOUTUBE TO DEPARTNER FROM ALLEGED ABUSERS ED BLANN, ALEX DAY, AND JASON SANSOME.

youtubespeaks:

I’m signing because we have to stand against injustice within our community.

People who have abused a position of power should not be allowed to hold that position again. Their victims wont have a safe community until they are removed from it.

YouTube should always be a place where people view content that they love, and no one deserves to be in fear when viewing videos.

These people have abused their position as a Partner, and they should not be allowed to continue to make a profit off their videos. YouTube needs to be a safe platform for everyone.

These abusers have abused a position of power & can be triggering to their survivors.

PETITION YOUTUBE TO DEPARTNER FROM ALLEGED ABUSERS ED BLANN, ALEX DAY, AND JASON SANSOME.

lavaplanet

micdotcom:

Powerful photos capture the student protests in Mexico barely anyone is talking about 

While the world has focused its attention on the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, there’s another student movement gaining steam on the other side of the world.

The unfolding protests gripping Mexico began in the small town of Iguala, in the southwest region of Guerrero state, where the disappearance of 43 student teachers on the night of Sept. 26 has sparked outrage amid allegations of collaboration between local police and organized crime.