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Google Engineer Fired Over Viral Anti-Diversity Memo Speaks Up Via YouTube
By Yoon Sann Wong, 10 Aug 2017
Composite image by DesignTAXI. Google logo via Wikimedia Commons, image screenshot via Stefan Molyneux
A few days ago, Google was thrown into the spotlight after an ‘anti-diversity manifesto’ by one of its engineers went viral. Since then, the memo’s creator James Damore has been released from his position within the company, and offered a job by Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.
While 60 female employees now consider lawsuits against Google, Damore has taken his case to YouTube. In interviews with University of Toronto Professor Jordan B. Peterson and Stefan Molyneux of Freedomain Radio, Damore explains he had written the memo during his flight to Beijing. He’d intended to better explain his debatable views to his co-workers.
One of his arguments includes women having a higher level of neuroticism than men, thus the smaller presence of women in high-stress jobs.
In the discussions, Damore clarifies that he was not out to criticize any specific female engineers’ skills, but merely explain why women are underrepresented in the field. He also touches on the positive and negative responses to the memo, both inside and outside of Google.
Damore’s argument begins at the 29:20 mark in his interview with Molyneux via the first video below, during which the ex-Googler clarifies:
“I’m not saying that any of the female engineers at Google are in any way worse than the average male engineer. I’m just saying this may explain some of the disparity in representation in the population.”
After the memo went viral, Damore was fired from Google for perpetuating gender stereotypes and violating the company’s code of conduct. Damore has filed a labor complaint against Google.
Video via Stefan Molyneux
Video via Jordan B Peterson
[via Fast Company, videos via various sources]
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