Everyone can shut up about “let’s get more women into leadership positions.” Because they don’t want leadership positions. Or they’d get them. Obviously. Women want to have time for their kids. And leaders – especially top-down leaders – dedicate their lives to their work. There won’t be female leadership and male leadership. There will be people who lead at home and people who lead at work. People will take ownership of outcomes for the areas of life they care most about.
Notes from the Golden Orange
EppsNet Archive: Women
The home crowd of the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks is known as The 12th Man. Isn’t this awfully sexist? Doesn’t it marginalize female Seahawk fans? Wouldn’t The 12th Person be a more appropriate appellation?
I’m surprised there isn’t more outrage over this. It seems like the kind of thing that someone should be really bent out of shape about.
From 30 feet away she looked like a lot of class. From 10 feet away she looked like something made up to be seen from 30 feet away.
According to this recently published research paper, women aren’t interested in computer science because of media portrayals like “The Big Bang Theory,” in which technologists are depicted as socially awkward, interested in science fiction and video games and physically unattractive.
If that seems like a compelling line of reasoning, you can read a more complete write-up in this WSJ.com article.
What I’ve never been able to figure out is why people are so interested in why women aren’t interested in computer science . . .
I saw this photo today on Facebook with a comment added by the poster: “She was a size 12.”
I’m an empiricist. Maybe “empiricist” is a polite word for what I am. I hate things that don’t make sense.
Marilyn Monroe being a size 12 is one of those bits of misinformation that lives forever because a lot of people would like for it to be true. And yet, anyone who’s ever seen Marilyn Monroe — her full figure — in a movie or photo would notice that she had a very small waist and was obviously NOT a size 12.
So I commented that while Marilyn’s point is well taken, on her worst day she was not a size 12.
The original poster replied, “Of course none of this is verifiable at this point, but your comment does not help empower those who are inspired by this ‘fact,’ no matter how true it is. Point is, girls/women who don’t fit the unrealistic supermodel form need to have something to reinforce a more realistic view of women, and of success. By unnecessarily giving your “correction” about how there is NO WAY someone that hot could be a 12, you are in essence proving my point about how, to men, dress size determines desirability. Such men, as the oppressors and the ones who, undeservedly, create the social values that drive our society, need to be met with some strong and intelligent women who challenge their definition and labeling of women.”
[Insert cuckoo clock sound effects here.]
We can feel better about ourselves without actually losing weight or getting in shape if men would just let us pretend that Marilyn Monroe was a size 12.
Look: if you want to be with guys who like thin girls, then you need to be thin. Otherwise, stop worrying about Marilyn Monroe’s dress size and what other people think about the way you look. And stop blaming men for your problems in life as though “men” is an actual group of people who’ve all agreed to think and act the same way.
In other empowering news, Albert Einstein actually had an IQ of 68. He was a total fucking moron! It’s empowering so it doesn’t have to be true.
P.S. Jessica Siegel (size 12) has posted photos of herself trying to fit into some of Marilyn’s frocks.
I get a lot of spam lately with that topic: 3 Questions That Get All Women Excited.
Does anyone know what the questions are? Asking for a friend . . .
EppsNet stands behind Joyce Carol Oates in this Twitstorm, in opposition to those who think that while raping women may be a bad thing, what’s really deplorable is freedom of thought and questioning theocracy. In solidarity, we publish a couple of previously unseen (because they’re terrible) photos of the two of us taken with Mark Twain in the Doe Library at UC Berkeley.
Silicon Valley Discriminates Against Women, Even If They’re Better — PBS NewsHour
An academic says that Silicon Valley is “not a meritocracy.”
He doesn’t offer any evidence to support that. He just looked around and noticed more men than women in the high-tech workforce.
The fact that there are more members of Group A doing X than there are members of Group B doing X is not evidence that members of Group B are being discriminated against in their efforts to do X.
In particular, he says that only 3 percent of tech firms in the Valley were founded by women, as though founding a tech firm is a fun thing that everyone should want to do.
Founding a startup is an ultra-high-risk activity that requires insane amounts of time and sacrifice. Do you want to have friends? A social life? Do you have a family? Do you want to have a family? Do you want to see them sometimes?
The fact that more men than women are founding startups is not evidence that women are being discriminated against. The simplest explanation is that women just don’t want to do it as much as men do.
Best-educated moms are also more likely to ‘opt out,’ research finds
Opt out of what?
It turns out “opt out” means opt out of the workforce. How is a mom staying home and raising her kids considered “opting out”?
Via Steven Landsburg:
China has one of the highest male-female sex ratios in the world. That means women can afford to be picky.
Here are the requirements listed by a female graduate student seeking a mate on the Chinese equivalent of match.com:
- Never married
- Masters degree or more
- Not from Wuhan
- No rural I.D. card
- No only children
- No smokers
- No alcoholics
- No gamblers
- Taller than one hundred and seventy-two centimeters
- More than a year of dating before marriage
- Parents who are still together
- Annual salary over fifty thousand yuan
- Between twenty-six and thirty-two years of age
- Willing to guarantee eating at least four dinners at home per week
- At least two ex-girlfriends but no more than four
- No Virgos, no Capricorns
[See You in Hell is a feature by our guest blogger, Satan -- PE]
Yahoo confirmed Monday that CEO Marissa Mayer gave birth to a boy on Sunday night, only about three months after taking the helm at the struggling company.
The 37-year-old Mayer will work from home and continues to lead the company and “is involved in all critical decisions [sic] making,” a Yahoo spokeswoman told Reuters on Monday.
“She will be working remotely and is planning to return to the office as soon as possible (likely in 1-2 weeks),” Yahoo said in an emailed comment to the news agency.
I applaud young Marissa Mayer for this courageous decision!
She is a role model for all the little girls out there who want to grow up and neglect their children.
Working moms, my precious darlings –
Don’t let anyone tell you that a woman is a better mom if she’s actually home with her kids.
Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t have it all. You can have it all. Everyone else is doing it. Don’t be left out!
Kids don’t need a lot of attention. They basically raise themselves!
We have a double standard in our society: If you are poor and you abandon your kids you are a bad parent. But if you are rich and you abandon them to run a company, you are profiled in Fortune magazine.
God bless America! Your children are being raised by strangers and nobody cares.
See you all in Hell!
Randy Newman has a new song and video out — “I’m Dreaming” — about a voter who casts his ballot solely based on skin color.
I listened to it . . . it’s great, like every other Newman song I can think of, but didn’t this train leave the station in 2008? We already have a black president. (Yes, his mother was white, but “mixed-race” doesn’t get you 12 percent of the electorate.)
Will some people not vote for Obama because he’s black? Yes.
Will some people only vote for Obama because he’s black? Yes.
As Geraldine Ferraro said in 2008, “If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position. And if he was a woman of any color, he would not be in this position. He happens to be very lucky to be who he is.”
Naturally, she was denounced as a racist by the Obama campaign.
Let’s move on already . . .
Here’s a headline from NBC News coverage of the RNC:
Women share their reasons for being at the Republican National Convention
NBC does a lot of editorializing in their “news” coverage.
I propose the following headline for next week’s DNC:
Taxpayers share their reasons for being at the Democratic National Convention
There’s a bunch of Cub Scouts here at the Taco Bell in Bakersfield. I don’t know . . . aren’t you supposed to take Cub Scouts to the woods so they can cook things over a campfire?
I think I could score some hot chicks in Bakersfield. I’m sizing up my competition here — nothing but fat guys with enormous heads.
Unfortunately, there don’t seem to be any hot chicks in Bakersfield — just fat guys, fat women and fat, dopey Cub Scouts.
While more than nine in 10 Americans would vote for a presidential candidate who is black, a woman, Catholic, Hispanic, or Jewish, significantly smaller percentages would vote for one who is an atheist (54%) or Muslim (58%). Americans’ willingness to vote for a Mormon (80%) or gay or lesbian (68%) candidate falls between these two extremes.
I fear that I won’t live to see a gay atheist in the Oval Office.
In other findings, far more Americans are open to voting for a black presidential candidate (96%) than for a Mormon (80%). Blacks also poll higher than women (95%), Catholics (94%) and Jews (91%), although those percentages are within the margin of sampling error.
I keep hearing that there aren’t enough women in technology, like this is a problem. The most obvious explanation is that women don’t want to work in technology. If they want to work in other fields, fine. If they want to raise their kids, even better.
I did some tutoring for a girl taking AP Computer Science. She’s a junior in high school and wants to be a veterinarian. Afterwards, she told her dad, “If I decide not to be a veterinarian, maybe I’ll be a programmer.”
Don’t let it be said that I’m not doing my part to address the shortage of women in technology, even though I think it’s baloney . . .
Thus spoke The Programmer.
There’s no one behind the customer service counter at Barnes and Noble but there is a woman doing something with the books in front of the counter . . .
“Do you work here?” I ask.
“Yes,” she says, but not in a friendly way . . . more like yes, I work here but I regret it.
‘I’m looking for The Book of Holiday Awesome,” I say.
“I’ve never heard of that,” she says.
I don’t care if she’s heard of it. I just want to know if they have a copy of it on hand.
“Do you know the author?” she asks.
She types a couple of things into the computer. “Nothing is coming up,” she says.
It’s a popular book so something should be coming up, even if it’s just to say they don’t have it in stock.
I lean over the counter to see what she’s typed in the search box. Here it is: the book of holiday awsum.