Ms Rampell failed to mention in her article that only 6.6% of nurses are men and only 2% of West Virginia coal miners are women. Isn’t this a far greater "scandal?" Shouldn’t we be investigating hospitals and coal mining companies for discrimination in the work place?
If I’m running a hospital, I will hire whatever competent nurses are available, and if I’m running a coal mine, I will hire whatever miners are available. And if I’m running a tech operation, I will hie whatever technically competent engineers I can find. And I really don’t care whether they’re male or female, or black or white or green! If they can do the job, they’ve got the job.
The fact is that very few men want to be nurses, and very few women want to be coal miners – or engineers. This is not, as Ms Rampell sugests, a fault in our schools. It as a fact of nature. Girls from an early age have a desire to play with dolls, whereas boys prefer to play with toy front end loaders.
This is not a cultural imposition – it is a phenomenon observed across all cultures, and it is a natural result of the different biological function of the sexes. Women are the bearers and caretakers of children. Men are the providers and protectors. This has been characteristic of our species since its inception, and it is still observable in our cousins such as the gorillas.
So there aren’t more women engineers because women don’t want to be engineers. But what about blacks? Surely they are being discriminated against because, after all, we know that all whites are by definition racists, and Silicon Valley is run by whites.
Let me put it this way. Would you hire someone who came to an interview with his pants hanging down below his hips and his baseball cap on backwards and said, "How much you be payin’ me?"
I will admit, however, that white males do have one tremendous advantage over black males – the federal government doesn’t pay white males not to achieve.
And as Elmo said to Dagwood this morning, "Happy Lazy Day."