Political and/or empirical engagement therewith

The difficulty of getting along when we believe that configurations of genitalia are involved.

Statistics of gender

Do Men \(A\)? Are Women More Prone to \(B\)?

I am loath to touch this one. Not because I feel there is some risk of saying something controversial, but because there is so much work to do in disambiguating the vocabulary here, as with many arguments, that once we have identified what we are saying it often turns out we are saying nothing at all.

A pet peeve in this area is the problem of trying to address the basic statistics of binary flag (gender according to census, or hormone level over some threshhold, or possession of a penis, or possession of a penis at birth, or whatever) and the coupling of that binary flag to complicated multidimensional distributions over other noisily-measured traits we claim to care about but are also not very good at identifying and hoping to get a simple, obviously-correct prescription. There is surely stuff going on with hormones and DNA and socialisation and social construction and fashion and power and economics and the intersection of these factors with other non-gender related ones etc, but it does not seem especially simple nor likely to generate instruction manuals for relations.

Still, I might come back here at some point if something nifty comes up.

One tedious incident

Women in STEM, the 2017 Awkward Google James Awkward Damore Awkward Memo of Tedium. I’m not going to comment on the memo because if I wanted those arguments there are stronger versons of them around. (Maybe that helped it get traction?) Certainly the usual suspects were triggered.

But! It was stylistically distinctive enough that it made for some nice parody.

  • I’m a google manufacturing robot and I believe that humans are biologically unfit to have jobs in tech
  • The ideological echo chamber of the Beach

    I think that the beach should be open to all. Clearly there are some who unfairly malign some beach-goers. However, we need to have an honest discussion about the differences between different types of beach denizens. Thankfully, because I am a Star-Bellied and not Star-Eyed Sneech, I believe that we we can have an open and frank discussion about why Sneeches who originally did not have stars on their bellies have been disrupting the natural hierarchy of the beach. This bias towards equal-starness in Sneechdom threatens the viability of the beach and makes pariahs of those Sneeches whose came by their stars honestly It is imperative that we have this conversation now before the beach is destroyed forever.