When A Man Tweeted A Questionable Response To The Google Manifesto, Twitter Set Him Straight

"Stop teaching my girl that her path to financial freedom lies not in coding but in complaining to HR."

The controversial Google Diversity Manifesto, first reported by Vice's Motherboard and written by one of the company's (now former) engineers, deeply upset many people within the tech community after it was made public last week, but apparently not everyone has a problem with it. 

Author James Damore claimed, among other things, that biological differences make women less suited for careers in tech (as it is currently set up), and also argued that Google's programs for underrepresented racial or gender minorities were flawed. These assertions prompted a quick response from Google CEO Sundar Pichai  — who said via his own letter to company employees that "portions of the memo violate our Code of Conduct and cross the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace" — and resulted in Damore's swift dismissal from the tech giant.


While many agreed with the company's course of action, a mathematician named Eric Weinstein, who also happens to be managing director of Peter Thiel's financial consulting firm, Thiel Capital, tweeted on August 8 to express his dissatisfaction. 

Weinstein's tweet, which you can see below, was written in the form of a letter Google.

"Dear @Google," Weinstein wrote. "Stop teaching my girl that her path to financial freedom lies not in coding but in complaining to HR. Thx in advance, A dad."

Though Weinstein's tweet has 35,000 likes, it didn't take long before criticism came flooding in, with many suggesting his message is symptomatic of the culture of sexism so prevalent in the tech industry. "The whole point of this is that ability to code has nothing to do with sex or gender," one commenter wrote.

Many others took the letter format Weinstein used in his initial tweet and turned the tables. Check out some of their cheeky responses below:

Regardless of where Weinstein and others stand, it's hard to deny Silicon Valley (and the tech sector as a whole) could do better in terms of gender equality. This is a topic former First Lady Michelle Obama has discussed multiple times, and it's also something that contributes to sexual harassment within the industry itself.

Thankfully entities such as Better Brave, an online guide to dealing with sexual harassment in tech, are starting to address the problem. The site provides resources, tools, and employment lawyers to targets, and offers tips to witnesses as well. "BetterBrave exists because of the brave women who came forward and shed light onto just how rampant the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace still is," Better Brave co-founder Tammy Cho told A Plus in a previous interview. "Their stories gave us the courage to open up and share our personal experiences dealing with issues like sexual harassment and racism with each other."

Cover image via Shutterstock / achinthamb.

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