Comment of the Day: “Dispatches From The Great Stupid, ‘D.E.I.’ Division: This Story From The Washington Post Was Not A Joke…Well, Not Intended As One, Anyway”

In her Comment of the Day on the lament by female shark researchers that they are under-represented in their field (without any supporting evidence of how many aspiring but unfulfilled female shark researchers there are), Sarah B. neatly expresses how “diversity-equity-inclusion” based arguments for hiring create justifications for bias while supposedly addressing the problem of bias.

Here is Sarah B. on the post, “Dispatches From The Great Stupid, “D.E.I.” Division: This Story From The Washington Post Was Not A Joke…Well, Not Intended As One, Anyway”…

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Women do have trouble in the hard sciences. This is true. HOWEVER if we act like whiny little bitches, no one will take us seriously when we need to be taken seriously. Do these DIE-obsessed women not understand that not only are they shooting themselves in the feet, but they are making it harder for all the rest of us?

Employer-Employee relations suffer. If I were hiring researchers, it would be hard to WANT to hire women given the current rules. As a woman I also have confidence issues, as I am uncertain if I was hired as anything more than a diversity hire. Am I really the best for a job, especially if I’m finding something about it very challenging? Is this simply a case of needing to step up and improve myself professionally, or am I just a check-box who is under-qualified and never expected or even capable of performing?

Finally the relationship with coworkers suffers. If my coworker is a diversity hire, they get paid about what I do, but I have to do their work which has me put in hours of unpaid overtime to keep my job while they float. This leads to hate and discontent. And as a potentially qualified person seen as a diversity hire, we need to work much harder than our coworkers with more results than our coworkers to get the basic respect because we start so far in negative territory on the Cognitive Dissonance scale.

As a further note, even if DIE had a point, trans and BIPOC rules have essentially neutered it because who can tell if Mike on “Shark Week” doesn’t identify as Michaela in its personal life and is 1/1024 BIPOC?

Women need to stand up against DIE hiring (yes I’m aware of the real acronym) and work to get jobs due to our qualifications, not our box-checking.

4 thoughts on “Comment of the Day: “Dispatches From The Great Stupid, ‘D.E.I.’ Division: This Story From The Washington Post Was Not A Joke…Well, Not Intended As One, Anyway”

  1. My goodness, Sarah. You are the man.

    Mrs. OB was a pioneer on the IT front. She worked/trained in programming beginning in probably 1976 as an assembler programmer at System One, Eastern Airlines’ computer shop. She then worked at The Associates computer shop and then at American Express and finally, in her last iteration, at IBM. She retired in 2016. I’ve wanted her to write a book about her experience as a first wave woman in business. She put up with so much. But she just kept her nose down and kept on working and working and working. She didn’t have DIE to deal with. Anyone who could do the work was welcome back then. But she had tons of asshole guys to deal with who tossed of all sorts of sexist comments as if they were picking their teeth.

    Keep plugging away. You will prevail. Never, ever, underestimate yourself. Overestimate yourself. All the time. It’s what guys do! Hah. As one of my favorite malapropisms recommends, “Tout your own horn!”

    Warm regards.

    • … As one of my favorite malapropisms recommends, “Tout your own horn!”

      A Dorothy Parkerism has her describing someone in show business as “Blowing his own strumpet”.

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