Google engineer's sexist manifesto spins out of control
Last week, you may have heard about a memo that was 'going viral' inside Google which discussed the company's diversity policies and made a number of provably untrue statements about women's inabilities in the workplace.
This story has dominated the media this week, but somehow wasn't over when Google fired James Damore, the engineer behind the screed. He took it to the next level, launching a media campaign and public tirade which garnered the support of the alt-right and ballooned out of control into a national story.
I'm not sure I have much to add to the story here other than to say that I believe Google made the right move but far too late in the game, which is how we got to this point.
You're free to disagree with me, but I believe free speech doesn't give you the right to be a douche, or make anyone feel like they're inferior or hired for the wrong reasons... let alone using your priviledged platform to keep banging on about it when you're clearly hurting people.
One of Google's former 'distinguished engineers' wrote this amazing piece about how seriously the memo has harmed people across the company, and has crippled its ability to function normally (or let people speak out against such behaviors).
I'm almost certain this story doesn't end here (for some reason The Wall Street Journal let this dude publish on their site) and we'll continue hearing about it for some time, but if anything comes from this it's highlighting that a lot of people apparently feel the same as Damore in technology but do so anonymously or behind closed doors.
I think highlighting how one engineer's actions are affecting real people is the most useful thing I can do here, so here's some of the best reading I've got on this from around the web: