A Googler did the math: of the top 100-ranked Google meme creators, only 6 are female. (Well, “female.” At least one of the 6 is female only because of current social convention: because of current political insanity.)
I will not inflict more words like “femidicy” upon you. You can take it for granted that a 94/5/1 split of popular meme creators dismayed my fellow Googlers. They sought an explanation.
My explanation: Women are underrepresented in top meme-ers because meme-making is a show-off, risky activity that much better fits the male psychology than the female one.*
Often I am correct. But being correct, and 99 cents, will get you a bottle of RC cola. My explanation is not popular.
Progressive Googlers conferred on an explanation that would be popular, and here is what they came up with: Memes created by women were not voted as highly, because sexism.
Memegen is Google’s internal meme creation app. Like public meme generation websites, memegen allows you to pick a template which conveys a specific meaning: a woman crying over some trivial problem, an outraged Captain Picard, a raver achieving sudden enlightenment. Adding text completes the meme: you can then annoy your friends with it.
What sets Memegen apart is the social aspect. The home page shows the most popular memes, and Googlers can vote memes up or down.
The memes are displayed in a grid, with the creator’s username below and to the left of the meme. Software industry usernames are sometimes a condensed form of the employee’s name, sometimes a cool-sounding word. Memegen doesn’t display a mirror or arrow to denote male/female. You may hover over the name to show a popup which may or may not resolve the question of gender. In many cases it is necessary to continue to the teams page, and hunt down the security photo, before you can be confident that the person in question is a man, woman, or wo/man.
It’s ridiculous to think anyone has time for this. I’m the neoreactionary Googler, which means I’m the most based and right-wing Googler, and it wouldn’t occur to me to downvote memes on the basis of gender. Why would I?
That a good progressive Googler could seriously propose that a significant number of Googlers maliciously and systematically downvote their coworkers — it reminds me of the Soviet paranoid fantasy of wreckers. A “wrecker” is a bogeyman communists invented to explain how why the glorious worker’s paradise failed so badly at producing food and goods. (It’s helpful to remember that communists called themselves … “progressives”.)
The average decent person finds the concept of “wreckers” disturbing because of its obvious analogy to witch hunts. Witches are a fantasy. Wreckers are a fantasy. Witch-hunting, and wrecking show trials, are evil and insane.
A second reason, which most do not articulate: What does the hunt for “wreckers” say about your society? What is wrong with Soviet Communism that a factory worker would go out of his way, seek obloquy and pain, to impede Russian industrial production by some trivial amount?
What is wrong with progressivism that we imagine there are Googlers who downvote memes created by women?
* Whenever I see an internal email, a G+ post, that starts a new thread, creates a new subject, that draws attention to itself: its creator is almost certainly male. When I see a female name, I wonder if the person is female by social convention / political insanity only.
Often I am correct.