Bravo for Men Who Multi-Task!
I’ve just read, for the zillionth time, an article claiming that women should be hired because they have special skills that men don’t have, especially the ability to multi-task, which Wikipedia informs me is an “apparent human ability to perform more than one task, or activity, at the same time.” Wikipedia also reveals that there is a fairly significant body of literature arguing about whether multi-tasking is a real thing at all, whether, if it does exist, it is a good thing or not, and whether there is any gender difference in men’s and women’s ability to do it. But facts about multi-tasking (or anything else) don’t matter. When feminists want to call yet again for elaborate measures to promote women, they almost always trot out similar nonsense about women’s supposed superiority.
In this most recent case, the author, a woman, of course, was arguing that more women are needed in the cyber-security industry and that companies should make special efforts to hire them even though so far women have made almost no noticeable contribution to the industry.
The author explained at length, based on reported anecdotes and not one iota of hard evidence, that the reason very few women have gone into the field is NOT because women are not very interested in computer coding and have many other job opportunities that they prefer, but because there is a sexist male culture in cyber-security that makes women feel unwanted, and which thus unfairly excludes them from work they would otherwise be well suited for; and, as a result, our society is suffering from a dearth of female talent in cyber-security.
Putting aside the laughable emptiness of the various claims made about male culture and why women should be enticed into fields that up until now they’ve shown little interest in or aptitude for, let me say merely how astounding it is that feminists can keep on saying, and getting away with saying, that women are better than men at multi-tasking, or such other supposedly feminine activities as team-work, consensus building, paying attention to detail, or synthesizing complex information–whatever the facile fabrication of the day happens to be.
Something like this is always trotted out whenever woman-firsters want to make a conveniently unfalsifiable claim about women’s superior competence and supposed value to employers and why yet more men, through affirmative action, should be pushed out of businesses and areas of endeavor that men invented.
All these women (and some men) with their empty claims about female superiority should be immediately put on the spot: Name ten important things women gave to the world while working with other women. Ten things. Women have had the freedom for at least the past 40 years to form women-majority teams and businesses, so what has been produced?
How about just one, one significant contribution to society that women have made using their multi-tasking or other special skills like team-work or attention to detail.
I’m sure there may be one or two, or maybe more, but nothing springs to mind.
Men, in contrast, built skyscrapers and baseball stadiums and the Golden Gate Bridge and the Panama Canal. They built complex electrical grids and water lines and sewer systems. Surely these took some multi-tasking.
Men built the Roman Colosseum and Notre Dame Cathedral, the Taj Mahal and the Empire State Building. They built ships that sailed across the oceans to discover unknown parts of the world. They built super-highways, massive bridges, and tunnels through solid rock that connect cities from one side of a continent to the other. They built the global telecommunications system. These undoubtedly took some team-work.
Ever heard of aircraft carriers? Supersonic jets? Space stations? Underwater tunnels? I suspect these involved some attention to detail. How about carving those faces on Mount Rushmore, building the Egyptian Sphinx, or painting the Sistine Chapel ceiling? Pretty complex stuff.
Somehow we have come to believe that loading laundry into a machine built by men while holding a baby is a superb feat of dexterity and cognitive advancement that will translate into untold wonders in the public sphere; but running a political campaign or developing a construction company or founding a restaurant franchise isn’t: that’s just an un-extraordinary thing men do in a single-minded, boring, one-track way. We are to fall down in open-mouthed admiration at women who can do the shopping while paying attention to a three-year-old and talking on a cell phone all at the same time; but we’re indifferent to a brilliant scientist like Tim Hunt who, after working for years with other scientists to contribute to a cure for cancer was drummed out of England for jokingly implying that women’s presence in the science lab can lead to trouble. Our culture would rather praise a thousand multi-tasking women contributing little other than their precious self-regard than cut some slack to one brilliant but socially awkward man.
The fact of the matter is that there are intelligent women in the world who can do good things and should not be prevented from doing so, but it’s pretty clear that there are no special female skills requiring particular promotion in the mainly male spheres of industry, science, and technology. Anyone mouthing such hollow and dangerous platitudes should immediately be drowned out by the deafening sound of the belly laughs of the sane and the undeceived.
Here’s a link to the article mentioned above about women in cybersecurity https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/women-in-cybersecurity-1.5321005