Incels are terrible, but there is something I’d like to try to articulate that I hope other happy mutants can understand and possibly empathize with.
I’ve struggled with mental illness on and off since childhood, largely as a result of trauma in said childhood.
However, I very rarely see networking events, affirmative action policies, etc applied to myself. I’ve seen, over the past 5-10 years, a cumulative effect: a nudge gets you the better grad school, which gets the better internship, which leads to the better job. Often, the women I see getting help are affluent white alums of highly ranked school (Stanford, CMU, etc).
Meanwhile, my friends of color, friends who are not neurotypical, and/or friends from lower income families tend to, at best, tread water professionally.
Diversity is important and good, but I have serious reservations about white feminism, which too often seems to hijack the idea of diversity and twist it into meaning rich white women and men in positions of privilege.
Incels are bad and need serious psychiatric attention, but I think some of them, with treatment, might put aside the hateful rhetoric and politely articulate a valid point: that true diversity is more than just gender.
I hope this is the first of several steps California will take towards increasing diversity on corporate boards.