Hey 3.5 readers.
So…here’s something that happened that sounds like it could be an Onion article. A Google employee wrote a memo that essentially says Google suppresses different opinions and could benefit from allowing different opinions.
For offering a different opinion, the dude was fired.
I’m worried to even dip my toe in this fray. God knows it’s never good to get on the wrong side of the PC police.
But it’s just…if you actually read the guy’s memo, he’s actually a) recognizing that lack of women working in tech is a problem and b) offering possible solutions to help bring more women into the tech sector.
For example, he notes that more part-time jobs might help women get into tech. Women often find themselves torn between career and family. Part-time jobs could help mothers keep a foothold in the tech industry but still leave them with enough time to be with their children. When their kids are older, women who worked part-time will have a much easier finding full time employment.
OK this is where you breathe fire on me and tell me “Blah blah blah why should women have to stay home with the kids?” You know what? If they don’t want to, then they shouldn’t. I’m talking about women who actually, legit WANT to spend time with their children but still also work part time and also have a full time job when their kids are older and don’t need as much help anymore.
OK this is where you breathe fire on me and say, “Well why don’t the men stay home with the kids?” Well, if they want to, they should be able to. Problem is this. The women’s rights movement has gone a long way into bringing more fairness as to what society “expects” from women.
If you’re a woman and you want to work, there are more people than ever who will not give you shit for that. Also, if you’re a woman and you would rather stay home with your children because you think hugging those babies is what life is all about, people won’t give you shit either. You’ve got options.
There has not been a corresponding shift in societal expectations of men. If you are a man, you’d better work and be a good provider if you want a woman. Your ability to attract a woman corresponds to how much money you make, as if you are a human ATM machine and your personality, your mind, etc matters little. If you stay home with the kids, you’ll be considered a pussy.
But you know what? More part time jobs might help men too. Dads could take a part time job and keep their toe in tech while they take care of kids. Maybe they could do that while their wives work part time.
And then the memo goes on to suggest that some, note, some women prefer cooperative over competitive environments. Thus, the memo suggests there should be more group projects where workers help one another rather than solo projects where everyone climbs over each other to be number one.
Sounds like a nice environment, doesn’t it? I’d rather work with someone than against someone.
Keep in mind the memo doesn’t say ALL women want to work part time, that they ALL want to choose kids over careers, that they ALL prefer cooperation over competition…what he’s saying is enough women do that a significant number stay out of tech and if they could receive some reasonable assistance, the number of women in tech would increase.
But all the PC police see is, “OMG! He said men and women are different! Get him!”
It just seems crazy to me. So contradictory.
PC FOLKS: We’re mad there aren’t more women in tech!
MEMO GUY: Here are some ideas that might help get more women into tech.
PC FOLKS: Rot in hell scumbag!
MEMO GUY: OK I’ve been fired so I can’t suggest more ideas to help get more women into tech.
PC FOLKS: Boo! Why aren’t there more women in tech?
What say you 3.5 readers?