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Discussion on: Judging from a profile picture

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Mitch Jackson

People's biases are in full force based on profile pictures. Even when we're aware of those biases and believe we control them. It's very well documented. This fantastic blog post by Julia Enthoven is my favorite on the topic, because it's a first person testimonial about the immediate, measurable effect of simply changing her profile photo at work.

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Ben Sinclair

That blog post is really good. As far as gender-changing goes, I can attest to that - back in the '90s, women I knew complained of this sort of harassment and the next thing I signed up for which had chat I used a traditionally female name to see for myself. It's been going on as long as people have had a way to shout anonymously, and you don't even need a profile picture to get the abuse as long as there's some indication you're a woman.