James Damore, the man fired by Google last year after he wrote a memo arguing that there may be biological reasons why women are underrepresented at Google and other tech companies, has sued his former employer. The suit alleges that Google systematically discriminates against conservative white men, The Verge reports. In August, Cynthia Lee rebutted the memo that made Damore a cause célèbre in some corners of the right:
I’m a lecturer in computer science at Stanford. I’ve taught at least four different programming languages, including assembly. I’ve had a single-digit employee number in a startup. Yes, I’m a woman in tech.
I have known, worked for, and taught countless men who could have written the now-infamous Google “manifesto” — or who are on some level persuaded by it. Given these facts, I’d like to treat it — and them — with some degree of charity and try to explain why it generated so much outrage.
At the outset, it must be conceded that, despite what some of the commentary has implied, the manifesto is not an unhinged rant. Its quasi-professional tone is a big part of what makes it so beguiling (to some) and also so dangerous. Many defenders seem genuinely baffled that a document that works so hard to appear dispassionate and reasonable could provoke such an emotional response. (Of course, some see that apparent disconnect not as baffling, but as a reason to have contempt for women, who in their eyes are confirming the charge that they are more emotional and less quantitative in their thinking.)
The memo, for instance, begins by listing “biases” of people on both the “left” (“compassion for the weak”) and “right” (“respect for the strong/authority”).
And, indeed, the concerns the manifesto articulates about imbalance in political leanings at Google are easy enough to nod along Read More Here