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Infamous Google memo author shot down by federal labor board
Former Google engineer James Damore has attempted to take civil and legal action against his former employer after being fired in August, but on [February 15], a federal memo revealed that one of Damore's filings has been unequivocally denied.

[...] NLRB member Jayme Sophir points to two specific parts of the controversial memo circulated by Damore in August: Damore's claim that women are "more prone to 'neuroticism,' resulting in women experiencing higher anxiety and exhibiting lower tolerance for stress" and that "men demonstrate greater variance in IQ than women."

Sophir describes how these gender-specific claims resemble other cases decided by the NLRB that revolved around racist, sexist, and homophobic language in the workplace. She says that specific Damore statements were "discriminatory and constituted sexual harassment, notwithstanding [his] effort to cloak [his] comments with 'scientific' references and analysis, and notwithstanding [his] 'not all women' disclaimers. Moreover, those statements were likely to cause serious dissension and disruption in the workplace."

So, discussing biology could be sexual harassment?

What about this talk, though?

Boys Do Cry (and Shoot)

Scientists and sociologists have known for decades that boys are fairer than girls, and by far. As with the science supporting climate change, confirmation of masculine weakness is capable of inspiring stubborn cases of denial. The stereotypical softness we've historically imagined is the birthright of being born a girl? Well, in reality these misattributed frailties are the quantifiable traits of boyhood.

Boys are less hearty in vitro, suffering higher miscarriage rates, along with higher mortality into infancy and on through to old age (save for a year or two around age ten, when U.S. mortality rates break about evenly). In the 1750s on, U.S. records show, baby boys died at a rate 10 percent higher than girls. Come the 1970s, the gap opened to more than 30 percent. Today it stands around 20 percent. Boys are more sensitive than girls. Boys do cry more, are more anxious, have a harder time regulating emotion, care less about objects in their environment, are more likely to suffer developmental disorders and genetic defects, and are more susceptible to malnutrition and disease. For boys, parental unavailability and insensitivity have a greater effect on attachment to a caregiver [...]

All in all, boys are less developed than girls - physically, emotionally, intellectually - until late adolescence. By then, the turns and twists of our painstaking mammalian maturation have often made masculine developmental deficiencies lifelong traits. Still, this doesn't mean that the deficiencies must necessarily translate into detriments - this transmutation had been the handiwork of patriarchal culture.

by das monde on Thu Mar 1st, 2018 at 07:58:19 PM EST
Damore's principal crime was making Google look bad. Anybody who goes public like that criticizing any policy of their company is asking, no, they're begging, to get fired.

Other people better informed than I have written takedowns of what he actually wrote, citing genuine biologists with specialisms in gender divergence, who trashed the pseudoscience Damore used. So he wasn't discussing science, he was simply babbling prejudice.

Which is why the NLRB had already got established policies in place saying that this BS will not legally stand.

But he got fired for publishing it. He got fired for making his company look bad. It happens to anybody who makes an ass of themselves like that. Shit, it doesn't even matter if what he said was 100% true, that wasn't company policy. And when you work for the company, you publicly agree with the policies, keep your mouth shut or expect to get found out and have your ass kicked out.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Mar 1st, 2018 at 08:46:09 PM EST
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The NLRB report basically says that objective merits of Damore's comparative claims do not matter. That is a slippery position... Will we see how the better informed arguments look in a courtroom?

Meanwhile, Google diversity policies are under another legal attack:

Google Sued by Ex-Recruiter Alleging Anti-White, Asian Bias

The critics of Google's effort to promote workforce diversity now include one of its own former recruiters, who claims in a lawsuit he was fired because he didn't toe the line on rejecting white and Asian male job candidates.

The Alphabet Inc. unit had "irrefutable policies, memorialized in writing and consistently implemented in practice, of systematically discriminating in favor job applicants who are Hispanic, African American, or female, and against Caucasian and Asian men," according to the complaint filed in state court in Redwood City, California.

Arne Wilberg, who worked at Google and its YouTube unit for about nine years both as a contractor and an employee, claims he was terminated in retaliation for complaining to human resources about the company's hiring practices. Wilberg also alleged that late last year, management deleted emails and other digital records of diversity requirements.

by das monde on Sat Mar 3rd, 2018 at 01:53:06 PM EST
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Yeah, well, not many boys get period pains, but many suffer from symptoms of testosterone poisoning.

i.e. it is well-documented that men and women are biologically different... Whether that is a legitimate basis for workplace discrimination (which was what Damore was advocating) is generally considered a settled matter, in law, if not in practice.

Mostly he was just exhibiting the tropism of male Google employees towards right-wing libertarianism (which might be analysed as a symptom of the male weakness and instability documented in your second link).

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Fri Mar 2nd, 2018 at 05:49:01 PM EST
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As ever, it is highly socially acceptable to talk trash about all men or particular (public or personally close) men, regardless of productivity or even consequences to own family. There would be no toxicity in that? Eventually, many (if not most) men are evolutionarily supposed to be discarded by Nature and women - are they not?

If you fancy it this weekend, here are some samples from a libertarian-masculine rabbit hole. (You don't have to click through.)

The Honor System -- The Rational Male

One of the primary way's Honor is used against men is in the feminized perpetuation of traditionally masculine expectations when it's convenient, while simultaneously expecting egalitarian gender parity when it's convenient.

For the past 60 years feminization has built in the perfect Catch 22 social convention for anything masculine; The expectation to assume the responsibilities of being a man (Man Up) while at the same time denigrating asserting masculinity as a positive (Shut Up). What ever aspect of maleness that serves the feminine purpose is a man's masculine responsibility, yet any aspect that disagrees with feminine primacy is labeled Patriarchy and Misogyny.

What Makes a Man? -- The Rational Male

The idea that boys are these sensitive delicate souls who, through the evils of their Patriarchal (typically male) upbringing, are conditioned to become 'macho' violent men is a popular trope [...] If only boys we're taught more like girls to get in touch with their emotions and were vulnerable in expressing them we could avoid these male-created tragedies.

That's the pretense we're supposed to believe [...] But the truth is boys have been systematically feminized for the past 3-4 generations. Boys are taught like defective girls. Since the 1970s it is increasingly women who have dominated academia from kindergarten to doctorate degrees [...] School and teaching became `for girls' and the educational landscape shifted to teaching styles that girls were most benefited in.

In that shift the idea that boys might be disadvantaged had little bearing, but overtime the conditions of teaching 'to girls' defined the teaching style as the correct style. In fact, teaching in a way that girls learn best, and disciplining boys for not learning this way, is no longer a style - it is just the way children are taught. Boys and men today are the product of female teachers who actively advantage girls at the expense of boys. So normalized is this teaching that boys disrupting the advantaging of girls in class is something we've decided needs to be medicinally curbed. Boys being boys is diagnosed as an illness and drugs are prescribed so as to sedate them long enough for the girls to learn.

This point has been made more academically, if you scratch the surface.
by das monde on Sat Mar 3rd, 2018 at 02:31:59 PM EST
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re: FIFTH WAVE, honor system, real men, civilization, "totems"

Nine appear in court following looting of Dublin supermarkets
"The court heard that John Kelly, who was arrested 9.25pm on Friday night at Ardmore Avenue, was a widower, whose wife died in December of cancer, and who looks after a number of children. He was released on bail. ... John Doyle, a father of four with a baby who is being christened next week, was described as a settled family man. Davie Bernie, who is currently unemployed but minds his baby with his partner, said to the judge: "CCTV will vindicate us."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Mar 3rd, 2018 at 06:09:39 PM EST
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Perhaps they had watched 'Going in Style'.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun Mar 4th, 2018 at 06:44:30 PM EST
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"We're not stigmatising men, but predators"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Mar 5th, 2018 at 08:38:03 PM EST
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I've seen this and other posters of the same series during my train commute. Very timely.
by Bernard (bernard) on Tue Mar 6th, 2018 at 09:21:53 PM EST
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Casual sexploitation? Read the story.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Mar 5th, 2018 at 08:44:40 PM EST
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The Victoria Hull Story (2018), "re-imagined"
https:/www.usatoday.com/story/life/movies/2018/03/03/weinstein-accusers-ashley-judd-salma-hayek-and -annabella-sciorra-present-oscars/392876002

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Mar 5th, 2018 at 09:02:42 PM EST
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