You’ve heard the story. Google fired an employee for penning an internal memo, which challenged the company’s left-wing bias and encouraged an honest dialogue on the differences between men and women.
“Differences in distributions of traits between men and women may in part explain why we don’t have 50% representation of women in tech and leadership,” Damore wrote in the memo.
Here’s a good segment:
At Google, we’re regularly told that implicit (unconscious) and explicit biases are holding women back in tech and leadership. Of course, men and women experience bias, tech, and the workplace differently and we should be cognizant of this, but it’s far from the whole story. On average, men and women biologically differ in many ways. These differences aren’t just socially constructed because:
● They’re universal across human cultures
● They often have clear biological causes and links to prenatal testosterone
● Biological males that were castrated at birth and raised as females often still identify and act like males
● The underlying traits are highly heritable
● They’re exactly what we would predict from an evolutionary psychology perspective
Note, I’m not saying that all men differ from all women in the following ways or that these differences are “just.” I’m simply stating that the distribution of preferences and abilities of men and women differ in part due to biological causes and that these differences may explain why we don’t see equal representation of women in tech and leadership. Many of these differences are small and there’s significant overlap between men and women, so you can’t say anything about an individual given these population level distributions.
He simply put out the facts. Men and women have undeniable differences. As he pointed out in the memo, generally speaking, women are more emotional. We handle stress differently. We deal with conflict differently.
Personality differences Women, on average, have more:
● Openness directed towards feelings and aesthetics rather than ideas. Women generally also have a stronger interest in people rather than things, relative to men (also interpreted as empathizing vs. systemizing). ○ These two differences in part explain why women relatively prefer jobs in social or artistic areas. More men may like coding because it requires systemizing and even within SWEs, comparatively more women work on front end, which deals with both people and aesthetics.
● Extraversion expressed as gregariousness rather than assertiveness. Also, higher agreeableness.
○ This leads to women generally having a harder time negotiating salary, asking for raises, speaking up, and leading. Note that these are just average differences and there’s overlap between men and women, but this is seen solely as a women’s issue. This leads to exclusory programs like Stretch and swaths of men without support.
● Neuroticism (higher anxiety, lower stress tolerance).
○ This may contribute to the higher levels of anxiety women report on Googlegeist and to the lower number of women in high stress jobs.
Note that contrary to what a social constructionist would argue, research suggests that “greater nation-level gender equality leads to psychological dissimilarity in men’s and women’s personality traits.” Because as “society becomes more prosperous and more egalitarian, innate dispositional differences between men and women have more space to develop and the gap that exists between men and women in their personality traits becomes wider.” We need to stop assuming that gender gaps imply sexism.
Men are more focused on status and things. Men typically register stuff differently, and that’s OK. We should acknowledge these differences. It DOES NOT mean one gender is superior to the other.
Needless to say, Damore was fired for “perpetuating gender stereotypes.” Which is code for, Damore was fired for willingly pointing out the natural differences between men and women.
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But hey. Speaking of perpetuating undesirable stereotypes, a bunch of female Google employees skipped work after the memo was released, because they were so distraught over it.
A former Google software engineer says some women at the company skipped work today, upset by the leaked memo. https://t.co/Uuvd5CBKv7
— NPR (@NPR) August 8, 2017
Emotional women skipped work because they were triggered by a memo that suggested that women are generally more emotional.
The 3,300-word document that has been shared across Google’s internal networks says “biological causes” are part of the reason women aren’t represented equally in its tech departments and leadership. The senior engineer also cited “men’s higher drive for status.”
Another software engineer who used to work for Google, Kelly Ellis, says some women who still work at the company stayed home on Monday because the memo made them “uncomfortable going back to work.”
Is NPR implying women disproportionately had an emotional reaction? 🤔 https://t.co/TiPIfP4Tji
— Jeff Giesea (@jeffgiesea) August 8, 2017
A neurotic reaction, if you will…
— Trevor (@trevorf84) August 8, 2017
— Evil Red Kid (@_SOURKIDZ_) August 8, 2017
Hehe. That’ll trigger ’em.
Well, looks like the dude’s memo was right.
— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) August 8, 2017
Skipped work because they were upset about a memo? Who raised these little princesses? Bet mommy let them stay home from school when upset.😝
— Laura Butler (@LauraButler6) August 8, 2017
“We are not stereotypes!”
“I’m gonna stay home under the covers!”
— 🇺🇸Anmarie 🍺 (@LiberalHeretic) August 8, 2017
Seriously?!? Do they need their security blankets to go to work now?
— Tom (@RoninVision) August 8, 2017
I’m sure Google will provide the blankets tommorow…with the appropriate logo of course
— Craig Kline (@cikline) August 8, 2017
I can see it now. A bunch of Google chicks working at their desk with embroidered security blankets reading, “Strong Independent Women Unite!”
Way to advance the “women are emotional and irrational” stereotype, Google ladies! Seriously. Bravo.
h/t Daily Wire