So, no, we can’t talk about the document at all as it’s written. Furthermore, we can’t have men talk publicly about their opinions on gender like this. Is that super frustrating? Yes. But it’s because women face a very real presence of physical violence when they are visible in digital communities. We men face shame and firing if we say the wrong thing. Women face the same plus rape threats, death threats, and all kinds of sustained harassment. So women can’t speak up safely and therefore they would have to watch their male colleagues discuss how a woman’s brain determines her interests. How impossibly maddening that would be.
Today, it’s more important than ever that technologists put their skills to work helping those who need it most. You don’t need to move to D.C., you don’t need to do it eight hours a day, and you don’t have to work for the government to make an impact. Find a cause you care about. Find a non-profit in desperate need of engineering help. Find a local organization who needs a designer to improve their donation experience. Find something that needs your skills.