June 14, 2013
Re "Everybody's boy problem," Opinion, June 11 We read that males mature much slower than females do; we are informed males are doing much more poorly in school than are females; and we are told that this poor male performance "drags down the overall competitiveness" of the American workforce. Truly? Why was this "overall drag down" never discussed when females were forbidden full educations and jobs other than the most menial? The glaring omission in Thomas A. DiPrete and Claudia Buchmann's article is that sexism is now biting males in the butt, since the male attitude of "I want what I want when I want it" no longer works as well as it once did, even though men still earn more money than women do in identical jobs.
December 25, 1987
After centuries of abuse, physical and emotional, being denied equal education and opportunity, treated as chattel, (and still so, in some countries, with the condonement of the patriarchal rule), even here women still have to resort to the courts for equitable treatment, hesitate to walk down the streets in most communities due to fear of male assault or crime, and Farrell and others have the audacity to whine about some harmless ribbing? I am not saying that I condone reverse sexism; most women don't.
December 3, 1989
Concerning the Nov. 26 review of the rap album "Arsenio Hall Presents Chunky A--Large & in Charge": Dennis Hunt writes, "Some women, though, won't be able to see the humor for the sexism." In this one sentence, Hunt makes at least three facile and inappropriate assumptions. 1--Fortunately for all of us, Hunt would not have been able to make the same cavalier comments in this context: "Some blacks won't be able to see the humor for the racism." Hunt and his editors are wrong to assume that offensive and degrading references are generally more acceptable when applied to women.
April 30, 1989
Re "Show Biz Softball--Accent the Biz" by Jeff Meyers, April 18: So, according to the league administrators and unnamed "unofficial historians" women just haven't "shown an interest" in the entertainment softball league. There are 42 teams with 700 players who socialize, rub elbows with the power elite and unabashedly promote their careers; but women have never shown an interest in it? I'll tell you how my interest and that of a roomful of industry women was greeted a few years ago. When questioned, a league member at first told us that women were not admitted to the league.
March 17, 2014 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Silicon Valley is wrestling with yet more damaging allegations of harassment and sexism as a prominent engineer accuses her company of creating a hostile work environment that led to her resignation. Julie Ann Horvath, who was a developer with GitHub, made the allegations public on Twitter and in an interview with technology blog TechCrunch over the weekend. GitHub, which has raised $100 million in funding, said Sunday night that it would conduct an investigation into Horvath's claims.
October 24, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Speaking before a gathering of women in technology, Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg recalled an uncomfortable exchange with two men on a different stage discussing the scarcity of women in the industry. One commented that he would like to hire more young women but not all are as competent as Sandberg. The other said he, too, would hire more young women but his wife fears he would sleep with them and, he confessed, he probably would. Sandberg's husband, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Dave Goldberg, told her later that night that the men did her a favor with their honesty.