Feminist in Training

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My friends Annina and Karen saw the following "Babe Crossing" sticker on a laptop in the MIT Media Lab where we all work.

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Predictably enough, they were offended by it and decided to talk to the laptop's owner. When Annina and Karen offered to make him a new sticker to stand in for (or augment) the old one, he accepted. I really like what they came up with.

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It says Feminist in Training.They printed the sticker on the Media Lab's vinyl cutter.

Here's the proud owner with his new sticker.

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I can think of many less productive courses that this story could have taken and none that were better. The new sticker is a positive statement that references and builds on the problematic one rather simply eliminating or obscuring it and sweeping it away from view. It's a productive form of commentary and critique visible to everyone who sees it.