[Commons-l] Fwd: [Gendergap] Photo of the Day on Wikimedia Commons

Sarah Stierch sarah at sarahstierch.com
Mon May 16 06:25:28 UTC 2011

Thanks Steven - I appreciate that you fought the good fight and I'm 
disgusted that comments about T&A were some of the key reasons for this 

While I've seen my fair share of anime videos (Tentacles and /all/ that 
involves) - It was an epic fail when I was looking up an image with my 
65 year old father and that was the image on the front page. The first 
question he asks is: "This is the organization you volunteer for?"

Images like this have their place, and despite the artistic skill of the 
contributor it is really disappointing that this was chosen to showcase 
quality media on Commons. it sets back the work of those of us working 
towards broadening gender equality and female involvement in Wikimedia.

I also am proud of my new title of being a Regional Ambassador and I am 
working towards becoming a GLAM Ambassador - images like this being 
showcased do 'few wonders' for my efforts in regards to fighting the 
uphill battle to show Wikipedia, Commons, etc. as reliable and quality 
starting points for research, development and cultural dissemination.



On 5/15/2011 10:48 PM, Steven Walling wrote:
> On Sun, May 15, 2011 at 7:31 PM, CherianTinu Abraham 
> <tinucherian at gmail.com <mailto:tinucherian at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     Surely I'm not the only one who noticed this lovely gem of a photo
>     of the day today. In my work environment - NFWS.
>     http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page
>     Direct link to image:
>     http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:On_the_edge_-_free_world_version.jpg
>     I mean really? /facepalm
>     This is the kind of imagery I have no desire to see on the front
>     page of Commons. I'm a very liberal person, but, this makes me not
>     want to even allow my MOTHER to use Commons.
>     #wikilove,
>     Sarah
> I feel exactly the same way. This is an insult to the people who value 
> the educational spirit of Commons.
> I attempted to argue that the image didn't meet the featured criteria 
> of Commons, but was drowned out by voters such as the one who argued 
> without irony, "{{Support}} I like her big tits".
> Whether or not Commons should host such images is really a separate 
> argument than whether we want to feature topless anime as the best of 
> the content we have.
> Steven

Sarah Stierch Consulting
Historical, cultural & artistic research, advising & event planning.
http://www.sarahstierch.com/ <http://www.sarahstierch.com>
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