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Thursday, August 10, 2017

IS GOOGLE A SAFE PLACE FOR WOMEN TO WORK?

It doesn't sound like it.

An engineer at Google wrote a 10 page memorandum which accused] Google of silencing conservatives and argued that biological differences were the most significant factor underlying the low numbers of women in techical and leadership positions. 


From Damore's 10 page memo
The Harm of Google’s biasesI strongly believe in gender and racial diversity, and I think we should strive for more. However, to achieve a more equal gender and race representation, Google has created several discriminatory practices:
  • Programs, mentoring, and classes only for people with a certain gender or race [5]
  • A high priority queue and special treatment for “diversity” candidates
  • Hiring practices which can effectively lower the bar for “diversity” candidates by decreasing the false negative rate
  • Reconsidering any set of people if it’s not “diverse” enough, but not showing that same scrutiny in the reverse direction (clear confirmation bias)
  • Setting org level OKRs for increased representation which can incentivize illegal discrimination [6]
These practices are based on false assumptions generated by our biases and can actually increase race and gender tensions. We’re told by senior leadership that what we’re doing is both the morally and economically correct thing to do, but without evidence this is just veiled left ideology[7] that can irreparably harm Google.
The 10 page memo:http://gizmodo.com/exclusive-heres-the-full-10-page-anti-diversity-screed-1797564320

The writer James Damore was fired but it's more than a little interesting to me that he felt comfortable putting in writing things like, 'It's just biology that women don't do well in leadership positions and don't like technical stuff; therefore it's just natural they aren't being hired and promoted like men are.'
Supremacists, white and male and especially white males, only feel safe in groups. They whisper in the breakroom. They whisper when paired off in cars on a business trip. Even though white men are feeling completely empowered due to Trump and feel free to claim how much more of everything they deserve because they're just naturally better, Damore had to have people close at hand to make him stop trembling long enough to right his male's are just better manifesto. 
After the controversy swelled, Danielle Brown, Google’s new vice president for diversity, integrity and governance, sent a statement to staff condemning Damore’s views and reaffirmed the company’s stance on diversity. 
In internal discussion boards, multiple employees said they supported firing the author, and some said they would not choose to work with him, according to postings viewed by Bloomberg News. 
“We are unequivocal in our belief that diversity and inclusion are critical to our success as a company,” Brown said in the statement. “We’ll continue to stand for that and be committed to it for the long haul.” 
The memo and surrounding debate comes as Google fends off a lawsuit from the U.S. Department of Labor alleging the company systemically discriminates against women.

Google has denied the charges, arguing that it doesn’t have a gender gap in pay, but has declined to share full salary information with the government. According to the company’s most recent demographic report, 69 percent of its workforce and 80 percent of its technical staff are male.
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-08/google-fires-employee-behind-controversial-diversity-memo 
Like I said, it's more than a little interesting to me that Damore felt comfortable enough to put 10 pages worth of 'men are naturally superior and that google should stop looking for sexism (and racism) as an "excuse" for why certain demographics get paid less and promoted less.'
Sexism and racism are never the answer for white boys who are sure they're better than everybody else. 
Never. 
I knew I would find an article that said something like Google has a male supremacy problem eventually-- and I barely had to make an effort to look. White boys only feel safe saying they are naturally superior when they are travelling in packs.
So firing Damore did not suddenly make google safe for women, people of color or anybody else.  And their "declining" to fully cooperate with the U.S. Department of Labor's investigation means google is going to continue on its merry way...discriminating against women