Monday, June 15, 2015

No freedom of speech for nerds

So some 70 plus year old Nobel prize winning scientist has been fired because he dared to say what every one of us geekgals knew: Women in science often cried when corrected and fell in love with their mentors.

Well, duh. That was true, although whether or not it is true now is a different problem.

Those of us girls who were actually science oriented when few women were in science knew this: we sat back and watched these shennanigans going on.

Of course, that was in the good old days, before radical feminism and when you had to be serious about science.

Nowadays, you can be fired by manipulative immature women for saying that a lot of manipulative immature women cry and can't do the work and "fall in love" with their professors. Even though it's probably still true.

What? No feminists around who are moms, and who know geeks often are 13 year old boys at heart who just want to be laughed at and mothered by the women around them?

This isn't the first time: When the scientists did an extrordinary feat of landing on a comet, some stupid woman complained he was wearing a geeky shirt that made fun of women. He had to be publically humiliated and apologize, even though the shirt was designed by a goth gal for him, and showed a happy buxom woman riding a rocket, which last time I looked suggested female empowerment (i.e. in charge of the rocket, or maybe in charge of the you know what).

But what worries me is that the trend is to fire someone for not being politically correct, even if it is a joke.

What about that Dean who was fired for daring to say women's brains are different which is why fewer of them are in science? I used to argue with my profs all the time about this, but had to admit it was physiologically true.

Ah, but it goes beyond that. What about the computer geek who was fired because years ago he gave money to support traditional marriage? He is still out of a job, even though he invented a program that lets you enjoy the web.

Someone notice a pattern here?

Then there is "Gamergate" and the "Sad puppies" vs the Hugo controversy. This too is about censorship, and SarahHoyt has a lot about it here.  the problem? It limits publishing to those who jump into PC speak and not independent writing. And although published writers are probably not censored, it will discourage new writers and artists.

and don't get me started about the collapse of medical ethics in Obamacare ...

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