A male Google software engineer’s manifesto against the company’s diversity initiatives has gone viral, prompting a backlash and causing the tech giant’s diversity chief to respond.
The document, titled “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber,” details his opinion that the firm should focus more on ideological diversity and less on initiatives to hire more women and people of color. It takes Google to task for its “left bias” and argues the disparity between men and women in tech is not a result of sexism but of biological differences.
The 10-page memo was shared within several internal company employee groups and prompted a flood of responses. Its existence was first reported by Motherboard, and Gizmodo obtained the entire document and published it in full on Saturday. The memo arrives at a time when Silicon Valley is under fire for its treatment of women and other minority groups.
Men are more likely to value “things” whereas women value “people” and have more openness to “feelings and aesthetics rather than ideas,” according to the memo. Men, by contrast, have a “higher drive for status” and the male gender role is called “inflexible.”
Google should focus more on “psychological safety,” he writes, instead of race and gender diversity. The software engineer also writes that “microaggression training incorrectly and dangerously equates speech with violence and isn’t backed by evidence,” although social scientists are only now beginning to study the long-term impact of microaggressions on physical and mental health for women and minorities.
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