This is what I’m up against. Heavens above…
Who do they think they are?
Women coded the first computers and various satellites and rockets, before most of them were even born.
We don’t need you.
Who are you?
They actually make women in Technology look bad. All women in STEM, but Technology has a lot of excess VC money floating around in this bubble so they focus on that, like good little leeches. It makes any honest, quiet worker in Tech look like One of Them. Like we have had to be coerced into it and we’re scared, dumb and weak and need other women to hold our hand and make the nasty men respect us. Pass the bucket?
Any career is daunting, how old are you?
Nope, the only people ‘scared’ of Tech are the dimwits who go on and on about STEM (trying to convince someone to pay them to complain) when they can barely pass Calc 1.
STFU. Some of us are working here.
To use a crass expression, shit or get off the pot. Do the work, but don’t complain about what other people are doing when you’re that one guy that doesn’t pull his weight and carry his fair share. We don’t need middle managers, that’s why techies earn decent wages, there’s less parasitism from talentless hacks and more pay-per-results. The tone of this, the fake saccharine sweetness of the Mean Girls, ‘Let us help you!’, is pathetic schoolgirl-level manipulation. Instead of going into the data, factsheets and perhaps case studies – the technical stuff, the relevant, objective stuff, they bellyache about their feefees. Guess what? No one cares, just like the men and no one is going to baby you as an adult in any line of work. They’ll fire you and you’ll bloody deserve it for dragging the rest of us down.
Don’t bully anyone into any career. Anyone, male, female, both, purple, blue, brown. The people doing this, pushing for politics refuse to go into it themselves, what does that say? Either they can’t, in which case their opinion is worthless, or they won’t, in which case you’re a sucker. Gloryhounds don’t last long anyway. They’re unpopular and mocked for pompous incompetence. If you have to be persuaded into going for it, it’s wrong – for you. It isn’t a brave thing, it’s just another job, unlike, say, the Marines. Go join the Marines if you want to make a ‘courageous’ statement with your occupation. Now we seem to have all the fake geek girls with their ‘#suchanerd’ selfies suddenly claiming to be IN Tech without actually, you know – BEING in Tech.
I don’t have a gif that can adequately express my disdain at that.
Here’s the handsome visage of Michael Fassbender instead.
If you bring up any political points during a professional discussion, it is not a professional discussion, but political showboating. We don’t want to hear it. The best places will kick you out for disrupting the culture. No politics at work, idiots. No sex either. Although, with most people in Tech that never arises as an issue.
As for confusing Ad/Marketing and Fundraisers (charity workers) with people IN Technology, a for–profit cut-throat industry, that’s not even wrong.
All non-profit is the same, all for-profit is specialized. What have you done that has specifically moved Technology forward, that you couldn’t have done in any other sector? Oh, no? You’ve done Sweet FA? Then sweetie, you are not in Tech.
The virtue signalling is sickening. When the third along said “As a white woman…” I wanted to hurl. That has nothing to do with it. Really, if somebody makes your race (or sex) a thing you shrug it off because they lose out on your talent. They’ll literally pay in lost earnings. It’s high risk, high reward. Bring it or go while you have some dignity left. If you can’t work in a team, you can’t work in this industry, baby. If you must insist on pointing out why you’re different and a Special Snowflake, you won’t be ‘boss’ and you certainly won’t be respected, it’s a major point against. Divas belong in showbiz. You are not judged as an individual but by the quality of the work you do, in about 95% of situations. If you did happen across a dinosaur, you move on knowing they’ll die soon and their bigoted opinions of female potential with them. Rarely, some men do get threatened. The younger people call them all pussies, they’re isolated in general. Honestly, who’s threatened by a young woman? That’s silly. They’re losing out on intelligent people who do good work …on the basis of chromosomes. Duh!
Formally, the worst aspect of this manipulation is the fallout on the below-grade women who get played. These people won’t be paying their debts. These people will blame all their lack of progress on all men. They’ll be taking up valuable places on courses they didn’t really earn as diversity quotas, and garner less respect for it, and finally, in the job market, they’ll be blown out of the water by those with talent and aptitude to work hard and have to retrain. Again. I’ve seen it all before. It’s despicable to push people into a career, I don’t care if you’re their priest or parent and nobody has the right to be so damn controlling. What nutbars.
There is a grand irony in this.
In ‘pushing’ aka bullying men like this and encouraging women to back one another whatever their claims and regardless of evidence, they’ll never improve those numbers. Because who has to concede that ground? Oh right, the men you’re alienating. It’s a business, sweetheart. If you threaten them, you lose.
This isn’t a war, this is capitalism.
As for the point about other women being misogynistic, to try and guilt trip us into going along with their crusading, I can’t roll my eyes far back enough into my skull.
“This is a complex area”? No. It isn’t. You’re full of shit.
“We need to face it.” Who is We? You don’t speak for me. That’s more patronizing than any man has ever been to me. Claiming this blase, like all women all have the exact same opinions, like a Feminist Hivemind?
What do you mean we, paleface?
You can tell they don’t really do ‘profits’ when they call competition ‘silly’. Ugh.
Why should I put down my advantage for you? Hm? How is that ‘fair’? That isn’t fair, but it is equal, and those are polar opposites. Why should women with power feel obligated to mentor, and mentor other women? That’s the very definition of sexism, since it’s purely ‘on the basis of’ one’s sex in both occasions. There is no obligation. If a mentorship role is not chosen, it will be harmful, much like a therapist. You don’t ‘let them’ do anything, those who deserve the positions will earn them.
“We definitely need to do it.” I didn’t get lectured this much in academia.
Hell, I wasn’t this tough giving a lecture.
Why do I need to do it? To make you feel better? Sorry if I refuse to organize my entire life around your menstrual cycle’s emotional needs masquerading as realpolitik. I thought we were professionals here.
However, there are fundraising issues. Blind applications would resolve this, like music auditions behind a screen but pitching culture is face-to-face. do they mention this? No. Because they haven’t the slightest clue what they’re talking about. No woman really in Tech would do a panel like this, willing, because they wouldn’t want to be confused with This Lot, who aren’t even all female (male SJWs), so they’re bloody hypocrites banging on about Sisterhood. I can’t watch past five minutes, sorry. Roosh’s rape fantasies I can handle but this is too close to home.
Instead I looked up their bios and put what they actually do in bold. For lolz.
Women Shift Digital http://www.womenshiftdigital.com/about/
“As a female led interdisciplinary design collective, body>data>space and its Creative Director, Ghislaine Boddington are recognised as international long term figures involved in the women in technology debates and networks, promoting and supporting the work of many female artists and researchers.
Since the early 90’s members of the body<data<space team have demonstrated passion and expertise in mentoring young women and girls through the delivery of learning experiences.”
“HelpingB is an award-winning crowdfunding platform for businesses that are:
Revolutionary, innovative and ground-breaking [DS: here are some impressive words]
Financially sustainable [well yeah]
Socially, environmentally and/or economically conscious” [charity work]
SJW-specialized funding. And what’s the average annual profit of these ‘businesses’? I don’t know, because they don’t tell us.
I could raise more at a bake sale.
250+ lives changed
Wait… is that it?
Sounds a little pricey for so little impact, where’s it going? Let’s see the first project to catch my eye…
~sigh~ I don’t know what I expected. They aren’t even charity status, I wonder how much bank the top people are making.
“HelpingB is a for-purpose organisation dedicated to providing social entrepreneurs with a platform to bring their ideas to life.”
So they were purely hired because they were born women. Sounds fair.
“There is nothing wrong with profit, it’s what you do with it that matters.”
translation: ‘You don’t have to feel guilty about earning money, but you have to give it away. You don’t have to give it away to someone who didn’t do the work …but give it to charity cases we like. Oh, we won’t give them anything, we aren’t a charity.’
Sounds like a really bitchy aunt.