AGoogle employee’s manifesto arguing that programmes increasing race and gender diversity be replaced with a commitment to “ideological diversity” has spread rapidly across social media sparking a furious backlash.
The 10-page document, apparently drafted by a senior male software engineer, was initially posted on the company’s internal forum.
Critics reacted angrily to its argument that the lack of women in tech companies was down to genetic factors, saying it was evidence of Silicon Valley’s hostility to women and minorities.
No, that’s not actually what was said, this is:
“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,”
Outside the ideological echo chamber that’s an entirely unremarkable thing to say. They do go on to make it absolutely clear that while the average propensity for grasping the brass ring, for coding, for whatever, might vary that tells us nothing about any specific individual, as the variance among individuals is greater than the average variance.
But, you know, cue screaming harpies.