To address the topic of gender roles, I’m going to start by talking a little bit about the Facebook live video that I just watched. It was Katie Benner and Nelly Bowles. They are two reporters at the New York Times. They were discussing sexism in the tech industry and then they answered some Facebook live questions.
I persevered and watched it through to the end. It’s a little over 28 minutes. It was tough to make it through, but I accomplished my goal. They were presenting this Facebook live discussion because of the interest surrounding the firing of James Damore, a Google employee. James Damore wrote a 10-page memo titled Google’s
It was a well-written, well researched paper. James used his research to try and explain why there are fewer women in engineering and leadership roles at Google. There is a link in the notes so that you can read it for yourself. It’s quite detailed, footnoted with links to supporting documentation, and a fairly quick read. In short, James cites biological differences as the largest contributing factor to the lack of women in engineering and leadership roles in the tech industry. On the other hand, Katie Benner and Nelly Bowles are convinced that biology has nothing to do with it and it is simply discrimination against women.
During their Facebook live chat they continually refer to anecdotal evidence of women in the workplace being held back, having feelings about being less than men, and in general being victims of the tech culture. The male-dominated tech culture. I find it interesting that they actually noted that there are fewer women in the tech industry now than there were 20 years ago. They actually appeared to attributed this to women simply giving up.
Apparently, they believe that women are too weak to stand up to men. According to these reporters, over the past 20 years, women simply gave up the fight and went into other occupations that were “more accepting” of women. The two reporters also suggested that women choosing tech jobs are being held back in their careers; That they aren’t being promoted. And the reason they aren’t being promoted is because they are women.
For someone such as myself who has actually worked in the tech industry for nearly my entire career, I find their statements naïve, demoralizing, and ignorant. There is only one reason in the 21st century that women are not choosing careers in the tech industry. They have other goals. They have other desires. They are not interested in working in the industry. End of story.
- Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber by James Damore, July 2017
- James Demore and Stefan Molyneux: YouTube Interview
- James Demore and Jordan Peterson: YouTube Interview
- Contentious Memo Strikes Nerve Inside Good and Out, New York Times
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