Cool story, tech bro

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Cool story, tech bro
By KATELYN ROBERTS
When I first heard about
Google Bro, I was annoyed.
Before I read the Google
employee’s anonymous letter
sent throughout his department at
work, I hated him.
To me, Google Bro, the
recently fired software engineer,
was just another dude spouting
the same sexist spiel: the lack
of women in STEM is due to
women being biologically worse
at jobs like software engineering
and coding, you know, hard stuff.
The author of the memo,
James Damore, penned a 10-
page memo to his coworkers
about Google’s “liberal
biases.” He complained about
Google’s PC culture and
how their aspiration toward
diversity promotes favoritism,
and ultimately silences his
conservative voice and halts any
conversation.

In his memo, Damore starts
out by prefacing that he values
diversity, inclusion and does not
deny the existence of sexism.
His main points were:
• Google values inclusion
and diversity too much, and
that silences those who have
opposing viewpoints, causing an
“echo chamber where some ideas
are too sacred to be honestly
discussed.”
• Open and honest discussion
“highlights our blind spots and
helps us grow.”
Once I actually read the letter,
I was surprisingly less disgusted.
Don’t hurt me. I know the
trite and expected response to
tech bro culture is to express
my outrage and name drop a list
of successful female software
engineers.
But for a privileged white guy,
he made some decent points. I
mean, of course he did. He’s an
educated libertarian with all the
opportunity in the world.
Damore is the last person
with an excuse to be dumb, and
his M.O. is cold logic through
the perspective of a software
engineer.
The reason for his memo was

idiotic, sure. It’s idiotic in the
sense that 2017 is not the time to
complain about women and POC
getting an extra boost in a field
that has favored the majority for
so long.
Damore argues against
giving POC and women special
treatment, but his points begin
to flop as he goes to lengths
to prove that women are
biologically made for different
jobs than men.
Bringing up “tribalism,” he
makes a big point to treat people
as individuals, not according to
the group they reside in.
To me, that sounds like what
most women and minorities
want.
Saying women in general
can’t succeed in STEM is like
me saying that most of these
engineers are nerd virgins. It’s an
antiquated stereotype.
Let me clarify. I don’t think
men or women should be lifted
into a field that lacks their sex
for that very reason.
I also don’t believe that
Damore’s firing was just. Even
though, I know for a fact I’d
scrap it out with him in the
parking lot if he were mycoworker, the questions he raised
are valid, especially in a time
where the difference between
legal free speech and illegal hate
speech is wire-thin.
According to Wired, Google’s
CEO Sundar Pichai, fired
Damore for violating Google’s
Code of Conduct.
I also don’t think I should be
encouraged to close a gender gap
just because there is one.
I do, however, believe women,
and more importantly, POC,
should be given a better chance
at succeeding in fields dominated
by white middle- to upper-class
men.

Katelyn is the only female
employee at a local computer
store, specializing in technical
support, and when she feels like
making social interaction with
other humans, computer sales.
She has only fried one logic
board so far.

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