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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

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