“For shows that don’t normally have music (as opposed to, say, “Glee”) and achieve a certain longevity, the musical episode is something of a television tradition. These episodes no doubt give the cast a way to shake off the doldrums, and they tend to make a big impression on fans. Who among those who saw it can forget the song “Everything Comes Down to Poo” from the 2007 musical installment of “Scrubs”?”—
She complained that some male executives in Silicon Valley have an “absolute blind spot” when it comes to hiring women.
The faculty director of the Center for Responsible Business and a business professor at University of California at Berkeley “complained,” did she? Or did she “point out”? Or “call attention to the fact that”? Or even just “state”? But, no—if she “complained,” it’s so much easier to dismiss her as a whining, humorless nag.
Making women feel welcome will require toning down some of the excesses.
This sounds like women will only feel “welcome” if the business culture is, I don’t know, “decorous” and “proper.” What are these “excesses” that need to be “toned down”? Does it mean those excesses-phobic women are going to put the kibosh on all those perks like free food and massages that some tech companies offer their employees? (I mean, those seem like “excesses” to me.) Does it mean that everyone will now have to sanitize their language lest they offend some delicate lady? Women ruin all the fun, amirite?
Instead, why not write something like, “Making women feel welcome will require dismantling the blatant misogyny in the industry that has heretofore largely been the cultural norm,” given the example that followed that sentence? That was not an example of an “excess” to be “toned down”—it was an example of dudebros not even thinking for one second that women were anything other than boob-supports existing for the delight of (creeper) heterosexual males.
“It’s got them thinking,” he said. “Mission accomplished.”
Yeah, thinking! Mission accomplished! Let’s all pat ourselves on the back! We thought about adding more women; now we can feel good about not actually doing it. We’ve solved sexism in the tech industry—and we know it’s true because some other dude said so! Go dudebros!