The Womaniferous Aether

I’ve just read an outstanding essay on the paucity of women in high-tech jobs, and the stubbornly persistent (and demonstrably counterfactual) belief that it is caused, not by natural differences between the sexes, but by an invisible fog of sexism.

I’d sum up its arguments for you, but it’s so good you should go and read it yourself. You can do so here.

The article concerns itself entirely with sexism, and stops short of addressing either the statistical distribution of IQ, or the question of why blacks and Hispanics are likewise under-represented in these jobs — but as the Good Book says, “sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof”. The author is a young man, and would understandably like to have a chance at some sort of career.

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  1. Bill says

    Excellent analysis, down a black hole as far as making a difference. The narrative controls all.

    Posted August 1, 2014 at 6:13 pm | Permalink
  2. Musey says

    Sorry, but this didn’t work earlier. Invalid email address. Not. But I really can’t be bothered to write again. Especially, when you have said all this before.

    Posted August 2, 2014 at 3:11 am | Permalink
  3. Malcolm says

    I may have said some of this before, Musey, but this essay made points I never had.

    I’d never bring it up again if a reality-denying theory of pervasive and pernicious bigotry hadn’t become the prevailing ideological dogma in academia, the media, and our public policy. It deserves to be refuted and resisted.

    Posted August 2, 2014 at 8:52 am | Permalink
  4. Bill says

    Said reality denial is essential to the program of controlling everything. When there is no crisis to use, create one.

    Posted August 3, 2014 at 9:48 am | Permalink
  5. David says

    I consider the linked article to be a masterpiece of its kind and one of the very best things I’ve ever read dealing with this subject, amazingly well-researched for an opinion piece, extremely well-argued and, in my view, exquisitely written, with a style that is somehow at once solid and breezy, accommodating hard polemics and sheer common sense with equal grace and ease.

    And did you read the “bio”? Even if the writing were only half as mature as it was, I would have been thrown by the revelation that he is an undergraduate (a “rising junior”)! Can that even be?? This thing was written by a kid? And not even, say, a journalism major— he’s a computer science major! I love everything about that little bio, especially it telling me that there’s a journal of conservative thought at Yale called “Light & Truth” and that this young star is going to be an Editor-in-Chief on it next year. It gives me a sliver of hope for Higher Education in America just when I need it most. Then I also love the fact that he describes himself as “a classical liberal interested in social policy and culture”. I believe only someone like this young man could turn potentially annoying features, such as a few overly unassuming gestures (the ‘not really’s and ‘not necessarily’s) and lines such as “Pointing the finger at sexism to explain these variations seems both plausible and appealing…” into something actually charming.

    For what it’s worth, this article is about as superb as this kind of thing gets, as far as I’m concerned.

    Posted August 9, 2014 at 2:09 pm | Permalink
  6. Malcolm says

    I liked it too.

    Posted August 9, 2014 at 9:48 pm | Permalink