My brain is a complicated machine, and I can’t wrap my head around the idea of if and when I may become a part of the stories that play out on social media and within the psychological strata of Silicon Valley. I like being a spectator. I like having some place to pretend I matter when really, I care next to nothing. I like watching people go to pretty extreme lengths to drive traffic to a video, music, a meme or something else that they just have to get up and talk about. And, mostly, I like not being paid by companies to do it.
The core issue raised by the lawsuits targeting Steve Chen, the co-founder of YouTube and by former Musk subordinate James Damore, has been safety. Damore’s argument is that there are so many differences in the scientific understanding of gender and biology that the men we see in work environments do not act like men. Acknowledging our similarities with our biological gender is risky territory, but this is also why the Trump administration said that transgender kids will be able to stay in school if they want. The core of Damore’s argument (at least as reported) is that such a basic fact is so obvious that it should not need a lot of explanation. He tells his side of the story: Musk’s his boss, he was fired, he made a great point and a few other things go along with it. Damore doesn’t have a chance, even if Musk does his part, (he had to keep a low profile for a while after he resigned), so he is suing Musk for retaliating against him. As well as taking good care of his health, Damore has successfully drawn out the debate, widening a physical and psychological ring of truth that apparently and exponentially requires some examination.