I am going to say upfront that I didn’t read the entire Google memo. For those not in the know, it is a controversial 10- page document that was written by some male Google employee, who apparently was trying to make an argument against the hiring practices implemented at the company.
The basis for his argument is that women are either less biologically capable, or maybe not entirely inclined to pursue work in the tech field. The specifics seem to get muddled based on what source you read online.
The document can be viewed over at Gizmodo, but like I said it is 10-pages, and for me that is simply TL;DR. I’m not particularly interested in reading something that objectively has no role in how I live my life.
Will I stop using Google anytime soon? No probably not.
The guy who wrote the document wasn’t a CEO of any sort. I’m not even entirely sure of his position. I think he might of been a software engineer or something. Whatever the case, his opinions aren’t representative of the Google brand, in fact the guy was fired.
Why I think he should have been fired?
If you read more than just your twitter feed, well, then you might have noticed that opinions are mixed. The left thinking his firing was justifiable, and that this guy was a sickening misogynist pig who deserved what he got. The right, thinking that this guy was justified in his opinion and that the liberal softies on the left are being extreme.
I probably fall somewhere in the middle. I don’t really have any problem with this guy getting fired. Do I think he was a misogynist, well I haven’t read the document, so I am giving him the benefit of the doubt that he isn’t.
Do I actually think women can’t work in tech or that their biological sex plays a role in their performance? No, but I am willing to listen, and have someone attempt to convince me that I’m wrong.
I certainly think this guy has a right to his opinion, and he is free to share it at the bar or all over social media, just not when he is at work.
The very fact that he drafted a 10-page memo, shared it with co-workers at work, and somehow thinks he would be without repercussion is insane to me. I’m sure when it comes to computers and shit this guy is a fricking genius and gets a 10 out of 10 on the test. As far as his score on the emotional intelligence test this guy gets a 0.
This guy may have a point that the Google hiring practices are completely fucked and maybe a little unprofitable. But guess what asshole? You aren’t the guy that decides who gets hired and fired, you are the low man on the totem pole. Also, who the fuck cares at this point, you work at fucking Google, you have your job.
Free speech for all
I’m a big free speech advocate, and if this guy wants to argue this point, have at it. I look forward to hearing him defend himself in the interviews that are sure to follow. I think he has every right to do so. But my entire point is that he just shouldn’t be surprised he got fired, in fact no one on the right should be.
This guy got hired to do a job, and I am pretty sure it wasn’t to circulate a 10-page memo that could be perceived as offensive by some or all of the female employees. As far as I know this incident doesn’t really make money for the company, but then again I’m a reporter so what the hell would I know about business.
I’m not saying to be some lifeless robot without opinions, just your opinions are not needed at work. Anywhere else I think this guy can do whatever the fuck he wants. Just be mindful of the goddamn situation and environment.
I tend to harbor liberal political views, but I work with people who are conservative mainly for religious reasons. There is nothing I hate more than the political influence the Christian religion has in this country. But, I know that my opinion and views aren’t why I was hired. People don’t want to hear me pontificate about the separation of church and state, they want me to write about school board meetings and people retiring from the post office.
I know when and where to share my opinion, work simply isn’t the place for it.
If this guy was exposing some sort of censorship based on Google search results, then I would rightfully be on his side. I’m not anti-Semitic, my best friend is Muslim, and I reluctantly voted for Hillary Clinton. But if Google decided to block search results based on perceived hate speech and right wing political causes then I’d be outraged. I think Alex Jones, members of the KKK, and anyone who voted for Donald Trump have a right to scream and yell their opinion, and have it be found on the internet.
I don’t agree with these people, but I respect their right to freedom of speech as a U.S. citizen.
This is why I am largely against some of the censorship that Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, and various social media platforms sometimes do against Trump supporters and whomever the perceive to belong to the alt-right.
However, I am beating a dead horse at this point, because that wasn’t what this guy was doing. He wasn’t a goddamn whistle blower, he isn’t Edward Snowden or Reality Winner, he is just some angry guy.
He may or may not be justified in his opinion, but bro you went about it all wrong