Ever since scientist Matt Taylor came under fire from feminists for wearing a novelty shirt with some sexy women on it, the issue of white male nerds vs. feminists has been in the news. The New York Post recently published a piece blasting feminists for their small-mindedness.
“We landed on a comet, and feminists are angry about a shirt.”
Laurie Penny wrote a piece for the left-leaning New Statesman called “On Nerd Entitlement.” Penny refuses to acknowledge that the suffering of male nerds can be particularly bad because they have to endure the extra-added suffering of being told they are “privileged” because they are straight white males. Penny wrote her piece in response to a famous comment rant by a man named Scott Aaronson, who described what it’s like to be a young male nerd growing up today.
“My recurring fantasy [in my youth] was to have been born a woman, or a gay man, or best of all, completely asexual, so that I could simply devote my life to math, like my hero Paul Erdös did.”
The achievements of nerds are increasingly seen as important — tech is the way forward for society. Globalization and income redistribution will no longer lead to great gains in standards of living for us in the West, according to a piece about entrepreneur Peter Thiel published by Forbes. We need to create completely new things.
Thiel calls this going from zero to one, rather than from one to n (anyone who has completed a mathematical Proof by Induction will immediately have an acute sense of what Thiel is talking about here, but you don’t need to understand maths to get the broad point).
“Globalization basically means copying things that work. ‘Developing’ countries copy 19th century railroads and 20th century plumbing. There is no innovation; you go from 1 to n. Technology, by contrast, involves doing new things. True technology companies—Facebook, Palantir, SpaceX—involve going from 0 to 1.”
With female self-professed “nerds” still pouring their energies into fields like law and women’s studies, it looks like it will be male nerds pushing us forward in science and tech for a while yet.
We should be thankful that men (sorry women on the left, but you have demonstrated that you are incapable of this) are able to channel their anger into achievement, rather than shrilly raising their voices, forming SJW gangs on Twitter, and pestering everyone else.
Bertrand Russell one wrote, “In adolescence, I hated life and was continually on the verge of suicide, from which, however, I was restrained by the desire to know more mathematics.”
Women on the left: Can you imagine what you would have achieved by now if you had done that, instead of obsessing about transgender bathrooms, hunting for instances of mansplaining, and inventing that suite of gender-neutral pronouns (zir, ze, etc.) that are meant to eliminate injustice and (I suspect) sound futuristic and quirky?
Those names remind me of a cleaning product we have here in Australia called Jif, which is appropriate because the purpose of those “zir” things is to develop a new language untainted by any association with privileged white men of the past (the “male, pale and, stale” trifecta — figures like Shakespeare, Newton, and Russell fall in here.)
We all feel depressed sometimes. We all have dark days. But why is it that when men are upset they retreat into a world of abstraction and objectivity, seeming to find it soothing, while women retreat into emotionalism and victimhood? Women should draw inspiration from the Russells of the world, rather than try to eliminate men like that from reading syllabuses on the grounds that they are “pale, male, and stale.”
— Nic Healey (@dr_nic) November 21, 2016
The problems of angry, brilliant young men do not stop at the university. To enter the workforce, they must get past the pronoun-savvy but math-challenged army of HR girls who will ask him where he sees himself in five years while scanning his remarks for micro-aggressions and monitoring his eyeline to make sure it doesn’t fall below the collar of her Forever 21 blouse
Men’s rights figurehead Aaron Clarey has written about this with a sense of exasperation. In a piece about the problems with corporate America, Clarey cites the “HR lady epidemic” and boomer mismanagement of the economy.
“There’s the HR lady epidemic where we put power hungry, inept, math-impaired 20 something ditzes at the helm of our hiring process [and the] MBA-laden Baby Boomer scum whose only accomplishment was halving US economic growth, getting the largest bank bail out in history, and sending the US into the largest financial crisis since the Great Depression.”
That brings me neatly to the next point. If they do manage to enter the workforce, angry, brilliant young men find themselves held back by petty baby-boomer middle-managers unwilling to overlook badly-bitten nails, sullenness, and/or a touch of body odor.
Imagine how much tech development we have foregone by not allowing angry young men to work together.
Forty years ago, wifey would have been ironing his shirt (lest a reputation disaster befall him) and sending him off to the office. The men would be forming their own networks, trying to best each other on the C++ and Python coding fronts, occasionally rating the beauty of gals in their midst on the 1-10 scale (this is part of bonding, I am told) and pursuing wild, adventurous schemes using the “criminal or genius” mentality Camille Paglia attributes to men in general.
“The male brain has a greater capacity for both genius and criminality.”
Can’t we arrive at some kind of compromise? Maybe young men can work remotely where the project manager does not have to be bothered by their gruffness, and they do not have to be bothered by her micromanagement and liberal politics?
Why aren’t businesses allowed to determine their own cultural values and organize departments as they see fit, anymore? Oh, that’s right, because the big, bloated state will stroll in and accuse them of bigotry.
No one can breathe anymore.
There is, thankfully, still one place on Earth where tech breakthroughs are happening, thanks to a culture of risk-taking, a willingness to accommodate tribes of rough-around-the-edges young men (have you seen Zuckerberg leading the way with his hoodies and prom-night-reject facial expressions?), and respect for technical ability.
However, even Silicon Valley is now under fire from the liberal establishment. The New Yorker has just published a piece about Silicon Valley, and instead of thanking them for pretty much single-handedly keeping the West afloat (SpaceX! Facebook! Internet of Things!), they criticize the valley for its “empathy vacuum.”
Can rough, brilliant young men have even one place to work their magic?
There is a light on the horizon. The left seems to finally be cottoning on to the importance of allowing corporations, individuals, and nations to set their values and cultures as they see fit, and independently of a bloated, hyper-feminized state that will leave men behind (everybody else will be pandered to first: women, minorities, immigrants, and all the 58 conceivable ABC News-identified possible genders, including trans males, trans* males, and netrois, will have their concerns addressed before young, straight, white males do).
“When I was a kid the great debate was about how to defeat the Soviet Union, and we won. Now we are told that the great debate is about who gets to use which bathroom. This is a distraction from our real problems. Who cares!?”
Trump has given the regressive left a big wakeup call. Even the Guardian is now admitting that the identity obsession of the contemporary left needs to be wound down. One columnist writes hopefully about a “post-identity” politics, speaking about the potential for nation states to become repositories of agreed values — an enlightened nationalism, if you will.
“As for the future, commentators such as Haidt and Lilla seek a ‘post-identity’ liberalism, built round a restoration of the nation state as repository of agreed values. This may mean accepting such majority concerns as the pace of immigration.”
— Sam Hooper (@SamHooper) November 10, 2016
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