Thanks for indulging my JAQing.
I find it amazing how differently different groups of people can interpret the same text.
Let me assure you that I never was even remotely tempted to agree with the text as interpreted by you (and most others here).
I am not well-trained in hearing the dog-whistles and shibboleths of American political culture. Apparently, the memo is full of things where reasonable, non-sexist Austrians of all genders might agree or politely disagree, but people in other parts of the world decide that he just avoided explicitly stating some far more disagreeable opinions, and therefore conclude that he’s not interested in honest debate.
Dogwhistles just don’t travel internationally.
I would have thought this is an inherently political subject. I really don’t see how this can be discussed apolitically. Why are things the way they are in our society, how do we want them to be, what do we do in order to get there? That’s the very definition of politics.
Also note that both sides in the debate claim that they want the same goals: equality for all, reduction of the gender gap, fact-based politics, open discussion instead of blind ideology. Both sides disagree about the facts and the means to reach the goals. Each side accuses the other about lying about their goals. After all, they’re not for equality, as they claim, they are for discrimination!
People are only ever this unproductive on political topics.
The hard part is defining what “reasonable” means in this context. Everyone thinks they’re being reasonable. He might not have provided examples of being “shamed” or “shouted down” in his memo, but he provided examples of what opinions he considers reasonable, and he got fired for them, and people are shaming him. So he did end up providing a concrete example after all.
This is also the time when the classic “computer nerd” stereotype developed. I mean the stereotype of a socially inept male, somehow stuck being a bright but awkward teenager for the rest of his life. I guess, for reasons somewhat ingrained into our culture, that is an image that fewer young women than young men feel comfortable identifying with.
Interesting. This is another thing that might not travel too well over international borders. I’m a man and haven’t written anything like this to my female colleagues, so I can’t really know, but my gut feeling is that if I copied your text it would be understood as “me strong man, me protect woman” and met with nothing but eye-rolls here in Austria.
In other news, here’s an interesting fact I recently learned about the percentage of women in computer science:
Among computer science students in Iran, the percentage of women is close to 50%.
Which confuses the heck out of me, because it doesn’t seem to fit any of the theories, neither the conservative nor the progressive theories. I’m willing to bet that Iranians have the same biology as Austrians and Americans. I am also willing to bet that Iranian culture is at least as male-dominated as Austrian or American culture.
So what’s going on?