To recap, you are, by your own description, thrust into a position of power in twitter through no merit of your own. Aside from a few tokens, you decided to just retweet females in 2013 and you wrote to encourage others to consider doing the same.
Knocking a group's representation based on sex down to effectively zero goes beyond affirmative action and, in my opinion constitutes a minor blacklist. If it's not a blacklist, what's the appropriate term? I would have expected an alternate description to have emerged by now in the discussion either here or on your blog.
My working theory at start was that there's a bit of orwellian liberal newspeak at work here. That theory would be totally blown out of the water had an accurate, alternate label for what you did in 2013 emerged but that easy riposte doesn't seem to have any takers.
Perhaps you would help me out of this suspicion by providing a more accurate descriptive label? I've played this game with a few liberal acquaintances of mine off line and they couldn't come up with a viable one. Affirmative action does not count as viable because even under the sharpest historical variants, formerly favored groups have never been entirely shut out. At most a hard quota system was imposed. I can think of one exception but bringing it up would make blacklist sound tame by comparison so better to leave that one alone.
In general on matters of the sexes my position is that the denouement of sex politics in America, if we're ever to come to a happy conclusion, has to be everybody plays by the same standards and rules. I have two daughters and a son and find the present arrangements are not particularly good for any of them.
Something needs to give. The broad based decline in female happiness in America over the past few decades tells me that whatever it is we're currently doing is not acceptable as far as women's revealed preferences are concerned. Their declines in happiness even though by all the metrics I can find they've made tremendous progress.
The academic decline of boys and young men reinforces that opinion because we're buying that female unhappiness with lowered male achievement. Do you think this is a good idea? I hope not.
But just as important as the app is the way we're building the company behind it. We're having our community drive every aspect of ThinkUp, in hopes of making our company the one that respects its users (and their privacy and values!) more than any other tech company.
So, to do this, we're asking people to join the campaign to back our launch in January of next year. In just a few days, hundreds of people have stepped up to do so, and now I'd like your help as well, if you're able.
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Product Hunt is a simple community site that just talks about new apps and tech products that have launched each day. The conversations are great -- focused on what actually makes these apps tick, and what decisions were made behind them. That's such a refreshing contrast for me as someone who loves tech products, in contrast to the "industry news" that's mostly about personalities and funding and those weird big company announcements that very rarely end up being very innovative.
So, I was incredibly excited to see ThinkUp submitted to the site this morning, and there have been some really thoughtful questions about the app, especially from Ryan Hoover of Product Hunt. If you have a moment, will you go and vote for ThinkUp on the site? And maybe stick around to check out the conversation, too.
Starting today, there’s an easier way to unearth those gems: when you do an image search, click on “Search tools” below the search box, then select “Animated” under the “Any type” dropdown box.
We’ve also added a second handy filter: if you’re after the perfect picture of Easter basket clipart (goo.gl/XutAa) but must have one with a transparent background, simply select “Transparent” under the “Any color” dropdown box.
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