Courtesy of Vox Day:
One of the node.js core contributors, Ben Noordhuis, rejected a pull request that eliminated the use of a gendered pronoun in libuv. Now, this was quickly reversed by node.js project lead Isaac Schlueter (that is, Isaac accepted the patch eliminating the gendered pronoun), but because this is a Joyent-sponsored project, many made the reasonable inference that Ben is a Joyent employee—and have called Joyent to task for tolerating such poor behavior. (Especially when that poor behavior transcended into the gobsmackingly inappropriate as Ben tried to revert Isaac's commit.)
But while Isaac is a Joyent employee, Ben is not—and if he had been, he wouldn't be as of this morning: to reject a pull request that eliminates a gendered pronoun on the principle that pronouns should in fact be gendered would constitute a fireable offense for me and for Joyent.Let's repeat this, and bold it up, so the point is not missed.
to reject a pull request that eliminates a gendered pronoun on the principle that pronouns should in fact be gendered would constitute a fireable offense for me and for Joyent.
And, further down in that same article, with emphasis added:
we believe that empathy is a core engineering value—and that an engineer that has so little empathy as to not understand why the use of gendered pronouns is a concern almost certainly makes poor technical decisions as well....Empathy as a core engineering value. Also, if an engineer uses 'he' instead of 'he or she', then he's (oops, sorry - they are) probably are terrible at engineering.
Where do you begin with something like this? Do you talk about how bizarre it is to have a tech company considering a rejection of a pull request to correct gendered pronoun usage a 'fireable offense'? How about this idea that engineers who lack empathy must therefore make bad technical decisions - as if a broad generalization to justify decisive action, with zero evidence rallied to support it, is indicative of good decisionmaking in general?
I suppose the situation speaks for itself. Behold, the fruits of modern feminism. Deviation from the holy writ can get you fired, on the spot. Indeed, deviation from the holy writ indicates that you are bad at your job.
In a twisted way, this is actually a good thing for traditionalists and the socially conservative. It gives us something to react to, to be skeptical of, to blaspheme against. And who doesn't like a little blasphemy now and then?