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The Scorpion and the Frog

A scorpion and a frog meet on the bank of a stream and the
scorpion asks the frog to carry him across on its back. The
frog asks, “How do I know you won’t sting me?” The scorpion
says, “Because if I do, I will die too.”

The frog is satisfied, and they set out, but in midstream,
the scorpion stings the frog. The frog feels the onset of
paralysis and starts to sink, knowing they both will drown,
but has just enough time to gasp “Why?”

Replies the scorpion: “It’s my nature…”


Dr. Vivek Wadhwa the victim of a smear campaign.

Stanford University’s professor Vivek Wadhwa is one of the nicest men you will ever have the good fortune to meet. A while back the good doctor naively decided to take up the cause of women in the tech industry in response to claims that there weren’t enough of them in the field. Here’s where we diverged with Prof Wadhwa but still wished him well. He then went onto write a series of columns on the need to steer more women into technology and engineering. We diverged with him on this issue because we believe that whatever the number is it’s the right number because we live in a free society and cannot therefore steer women into pens the way we do cattle and sheep.

We also knew that sooner than later Dr. Wadhwa would be thrown under the bus as are all males who attempt to support radical feminists. This has now happened. He has been back-stabbed by his former allies and written a piece about it which was published on his site titled Why I am stepping out of the debate on women in technology:

On February 6th, WNYC published a podcast titled “Quiet, Wadhwa”. It criticized me for “taking the oxygen out of the room” by “speaking for women.” There were more than 11 minutes of inaccuracies and innuendo made against me without even an attempt at fact-checking—despite the serious nature of the charges. The vast majority of allegations would not have passed a simple Google search. Yet I was not even asked to comment. WNYC completely disregarded the fact that I routinely share my media platform with women and regularly refer journalists to women in tech.

The podcast was removed six days after it was posted, without any proper explanation or acknowledgment of factual errors. I didn’t ask for it to be removed and repeatedly asked for it to be reinstated, first because it would have taken on a life of its own anyway, and second in order to let readers make sense of refutation of its allegations.

Indeed, gossip website Gawker began to speculate that WNYC had been spooked that the broadcast “could be read as accusing Wadwha of sexual harassment”. The podcast had referred to my attempt to have a conversation with one of my critics through a Twitter direct message (DM) as  “the hand on the knee of social media”. A software engineer had tweeted accusations of my misappropriating money, among other things, and after a prolonged public exchange with me, she followed me. I started off by apologizing for any offense I may have caused, asking to learn more about what I had done wrong, and offering to discuss to these concerns during my office hours at Stanford or by phone.

Based on this, the podcast claimed that I had a “tendency to send a DM” and said it is “creepy when someone goes into your DM, it is this non-consensual let’s go over here where people can’t see you criticizing me and maybe I can talk to you there”. They alleged that I done this to several women and said it was like the “hand on the knee” or an invitation to young women to “come sit on my lap”. Many people interpreted these words to imply that I am some sort sexual predator. For the record, I DM people—male and female—in situations like this because I have found that conversations out of the limelight are often far more civil and that usually we find common ground quickly.

Regarding those DMs, if you have ever wondered why smart male faculty only meet with female students and co-workers in public places or insist on leaving their office doors open if caught there, now you can understand. They do it because of the risk of being accused of actions they never took. Yes, it’s a bit unfair for female students but that’s the reality on today’s campuses which have become very unfriendly places for men.

It doesn’t get any uglier than this, folks. The poor man has been smeared with accusations ranging from sexual harassment to stealing money and may lose his job at Stanford as a result. If this happens it should surprise no one in this day and age of feminist control of our campuses. Radical feminists are like the scorpion of the fable. They will always turn on the male.

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