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Adria Richards: The Woman Who Set Women Back 20 Years

Halfway across the river, the frog suddenly felt a sharp sting in his back and, out of the corner of his eye, saw the scorpion remove his stinger from the frog’s back.

A deadening numbness began to creep into his limbs.

“You fool!” croaked the frog, “Now we shall both die! Why on earth did you do that?”

The scorpion shrugged, and did a little jig on the drownings frog’s back.

“I could not help myself. It is my nature.”

Then they both sank into the muddy waters of the swiftly flowing river.
The Scorpion and the Frog

There are two interesting phenomenon at play today not only in the technology sector but in corporate America as a whole. On the one hand, you have a major push on to increase the number of women in programming. On the other hand, there is a growing and justified concern amongst men that a few bad apples will turn workplaces into Orwellian nightmares where one has to be constantly vigilant not to do anything that could be construed as Speech Crime, Thought Crime, or even Face Crime, and cost them their livelihood.

The particularly ugly Adria Richards incident at the Python convention earlier this year perfectly illustrates how one shrill militant can not only have a perfectly innocent stranger fired for a fabricated reason, but set all women back at the same time.

If by chance you don’t know the story because you were on a ayahuasca vacation in the Amazon or something similar, here it is in a nutshell:

Radfem heroine Adria Richards is sitting at the Python conference waiting for a talk to commence. As the audience slowly shuffles in, she starts eavesdropping on a conversation between two male attendees seated 10 or 15 feet away. Both are unaware that Adria is listening to them as they engage in some boyish oneupmanship to see who is better at making innocent technical terms such as “dongle” and “forking” sound naughty. Yes, men do that kind of stuff. (Watch the popular British automotive television series Top Gear to see how even three middle-aged men can’t go five minutes without making a dick joke.) To continue, Adria decides after a few minutes that she is being victimized yet again by the WPPO (“White Penis People Oppressors”) by being forced to lean back to eavesdrop on the men, so she pulls out her phone, snaps a picture of them, and tells them that a shitstorm is coming.

She then blogs about it. The shitstorm of manufactured outrage sweeps through the radfem community who see themselves as the universe’s eternal victims despite the empty protests of being equal, and one of the men, a father of four in this case, is fired by the backboneless Playhaven CEO Andy Yang.

Because of people who seem to go out of their way to stir up trouble where there is none, growing numbers of men working in tech startups and large corporations avoid any kind of work or after work socializing with their female co-workers. Not only can an innocent joke get you into trouble if some incipient radfem commissar chooses to take it the wrong way and lodges a complaint, but just having the wrong facial expression if you happen to be staring off into space can be perceived by the sisters of eternal victimhood as lecherous oggling.

Even women understand the negative effects of this type of backstabbing on women as a whole:

Backstabbers poison the work environment.

Backstabbers poison the work environment.


If you want the full story on how Adria Richards set women back 20 years, listen to TJ Kirk explain it in his inimitable and very funny style. But be prepared to feel your anger rise as you hear how two random strangers having a private conversation were hurt by a busybody eavesdropper. It’s a sad fact that many self-described radfems go through life as the scorpion in the fable.

Special mention goes to the Playhaven CEO Andy Yang for firing the victim. If he had any balls he would have backed his employee.

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