Brotopia

Brotopia

Breaking up the Boys' Club of Silicon Valley

eBook - 2018
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Reveals how male-dominated Silicon Valley became sexist despite its utopian ideals and decades of companies claiming the moral high ground, and how women are finally starting to fight back against toxic workplaces and sexual harrassment.
Publisher: 2018
ISBN: 9780735213548
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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StarGladiator
May 16, 2018

Now, a sane person might be inclined to think that this author should be dwelling on that catastrophic economic number for millennials: 47 percent of workers at that age group are free lancers, while overall, the percentage of America's greatly reduced workforce freelancing is now 35 percent, but instead . . .
Emily Chang is an idiot - - and this book is idiotic! [And her photo on the book jacket looks evil.]
A book I read just prior to this [Live Work Work Work Die] is written by a somewhat self-aware [still youthful] journalist who has a grasp of what's taking place; Emily Chang embraces the Uber economy, just wishes there was more diversity within the Third Reich, more gender equality in Hell! [News Flash, Emily, the Uber - - or slave labor - - economy is baaaad!]
I suspect Emily Chang is Exhibit #1 as an example of a product of the Fake History/Fake News environment she grew up in - - but still worships it, evidently from this book.
Emily reminds me of a 2002 article in the business section of USA Today, where the remaining American female employees at an IT firm were litigating under the EOE Act because, long after all the American males had been replaced with foreign visa workers from India, they - - at the lower IT rungs - - were finally being replaced. Believe they lost that suit, but I am not certain? Ten years prior to that, another article in the business section of USA Today - - just after Clinton won the 1992 presidential election - - recounted how an investment firm head was retiring because he believed Clinton would work to get China into the WTO, thus turning the workaday world from a dog-eat-dog environment into a rat-eat-rat arena, with the opening of such a large cheap labor market.
After wasting time on this book my only description of the author is . . . vacuous!

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kpelish
Mar 04, 2018

An exhilarating history of how high-tech selected for "brogrammers". Chang writes crisply yet descriptively as she covers unhappy men like Thiel (the PayPal Mafia Trump supporter) and Damore (infamous Googler "biology favors the dudes" memo writer); the false promise of meritocracy when mostly everyone in Silicon Valley has Stanford/Harvard connections; the sexist venture capital culture (which then affects who gets funded); short yet probing summaries of three high-profile women--Wojcicki, Mayer & Sandberg; Susan Fowler's bravery at Uber; shutting down online trolls; exposing sex parties for their silly premises (yah, we dunno what to do with our money); and finally, Chapter 9, a clear-eyed look at what companies and people can do. "It is because of their endurance & courage [the women who speak up and their male allies], I believe, that we have reached a cultural tipping point. From here on out, ignorance of the problem can only be willful. Reactions of "Gosh, I didn't know _this_ was going on" and "Is it really that bad?" are simply no longer credible. Or acceptable."

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tgilbo
Feb 08, 2018

You'll find it hard to disagree... that there are just some things the more 'mechanical' males can accomplish that women physically can not. Like-wise, there are things the more 'animalistic' females can do that men can physically not do.

You have to tame and train the 'wild beast' within her, or she will go out of control!

The argument seems to be more centered about actually 'doing' anything at all.

Most of history; women's work is centered around the house and not job site. Employers just don't want to pay for the more accident prone and weaker subjects. Can you lift 100lbs and not get hurt - or do you look prettier putting on make up and wearing a nice dress. This pushy lesbian mentality is NOT SOMETHING WE should have to adhere to, especially employers. Sexual harassment can often works THE OTHER WAY. I am not going to put females on a pedestal for substandard work and complaints.

Lady, if you want to buy the business PAY FOR IT IN FULL FIRST. OTHERWISE YOU CAN NOT TELL ME WHAT TO DO IN THE WORKPLACE. IS THIS UNDERSTOOD?

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