Have you ever looked at Apple’s logo? REALLY looked at it? It’s the forbidden fruit of Eden. I always wondered why they’d chosen such a Biblical image for their logo. For most of my life, I naively assumed that the founders were simply atheists who liked apples, but now the raging feminist fruit of Eden has metastasized through the carefully maintained façade of Apple as a trendy and hip computer cult.
APPLE EMPLOYEES ARE GOING PUBLIC ABOUT WORKPLACE ISSUES — AND THERE’S NO GOING BACK
By Zoe Schiffer, 25 May 2021
Even to the workers who wrote the letter, the leaks came as a shock. Apple employees rarely speak to the media, particularly about the company culture. In Silicon Valley, Apple operates with an unprecedented level of secrecy, managing personnel issues and product launches with complete authority.
The culture has benefits for employees. People work at Apple because they are design fanatics. The elegant hardware products are seen by many as unmatched in the tech industry. Fewer leaks mean fewer distractions and more time to focus on the work.
The company also has an aura of prestige. Working at Apple is widely seen as the pinnacle of success in the tech industry, even more than the company’s biggest rivals. If Google is a sprawl of creativity and ideas, Apple represents a workplace of organization and vision. People don’t go there for a few months or a year; they stay for decades. The tenure makes employees loyal.
The word Zoe that is reaching for, is “cult”. Apple is a cult. Walk into any temple… Apple store, I mean… and you will be swiftly approached by a eunuch offering guidance and insight. Be sure to ‘pay’ homage at the altars displaying new product!
So it was surprising, to some, when the company hired Antonio García Martínez, a former product manager at Facebook who’d written a tell-all book about Silicon Valley. García Martínez’s tone in the book was brash and misogynistic — it didn’t match with Apple’s carefully managed public image and commitment to diversity.
“d00d, WTF were you thinking when you hired Martinez?!”
“That our commitment to diversity should include alternative beliefs as well as alternative cultures.”
“BURN, THOU HERETIC!!!”
After he arrived, multiple female Apple employees went public about their concerns on Twitter — a rarity at a company where employees are discouraged from sharing their opinions about work. “I have been gutted, as many other folks at Apple were, with the hiring of Antonio García Martínez,” wrote Apple engineer Cher Scarlett. “I believe in the strength of community we have at Apple, & that the culture we’ve built can weather this. I also believe in leadership to do the right thing, whatever that is.”
And so the burning began.
Then, a group of workers wrote a letter calling for an investigation. “Given Mr. García Martínez’s history of publishing overtly racist and sexist remarks about his former colleagues, we are concerned that his presence at Apple will contribute to an unsafe working environment for our colleagues who are at risk of public harassment and private bullying,” they said.
Within hours, the letter had well over 1,000 signatures. It was leaked to The Verge. That evening, García Martínez was fired.
The events stunned even the letter writers. They’d expected the note to cause a stir inside Apple, but they hadn’t intended for it to become public.
A trendy Silicon Valley company was shocked when its dirty laundry got aired on social media? How did they think this would never happen?
“The leak was very shocking to everybody who was vocal and involved in writing the letter,” says one worker who asked to remain anonymous for fear of professional retaliation. “Either somebody is a very good actor or there’s someone else who felt like the letter was going to disappear unless it became public.”
Ah, of course. Cults tend to have very effective internal security. When it comes to the concept of Omerta, Sicilians have nothing on Scientologists. This poor sod was afraid even to admit that somebody had talked!
A week after The Verge published the García Martínez letter, a group of Muslim employees at Apple penned a note calling for the company to release a statement in support of Palestine. When Tim Cook didn’t respond, the letter was leaked to The Verge.
…But when the code of silence finally breaks, it’s BROKEN:
The two letters, and their leaks, are signs of a slow cultural shift at Apple. Employees, once tight-lipped about internal problems, are now joining a wave of public dissent that’s roiling Silicon Valley. Employees say this is partly because Apple’s typical avenues for reporting don’t work for big cultural issues. They also note the company rolled out Slack in 2019, allowing workers to find and organize with one another.
Of course Apple doesn’t (yet) have an internal avenue for demanding regime change in the Mideast. Once the Martinez scandal broke the wall, however, evil people began to leverage the exposure for their own benefit.
But what was it about Martinez that blew the floodgates open so completely, so quickly?
Apple’s cowardly surrender to the mob
It beats me why 21st-century women so hellbent on progress conform so readily to patriarchal stereotypes
By Mary Wakefield, 27 May 2021
With a subtitle like that, ‘Dis Gonna Be Good!
A few weeks ago, more than 2,000 employees of Apple Inc. signed a petition that led to the sacking of a clever and capable tech engineer, Antonio García Martínez. García Martínez was fired for sexism — not because he behaved badly towards any women, but because of a passage in a book he wrote five years ago. The book was Chaos Monkeys, an exposé of the Silicon Valley scene, and here’s the offending sentence: ‘Most women in the Bay Area are soft and weak, cosseted and naive despite their claims of worldliness, and generally full of shit…but the reality is, come the epidemic plague or a foreign invasion, they’d become precisely the sort of useless baggage you’d trade for a box of shotgun shells or a jerry can of diesel.’
Heehee, it’s funny because it’s true.
HPLY SPIT HE TOLD THE TRUTH!
Chaos Monkeys was a New York Times bestseller — funny, confessional and pacy. Everyone at Apple who welcomed Antonio on board would have read it. No one took issue with the book when he was hired, but a week after he started the poisoned petition began to circulate: ‘We are deeply concerned about the recent hiring of Antonio García Martínez,’ it read. ‘His misogynistic statements…directly oppose Apple’s commitment to Inclusion and Diversity. We are profoundly distraught by what this hire means for Apple’s commitment to inclusion goals as well as its real and immediate impact on those working near Mr García Martínez.’
“Inclusion goals should only include REAL people, not masculine men!”
Did Apple defend García Martínez? Of course it didn’t. Apple crumbled. Victory for Bay Area Woman.
And victory for Martinez. He didn’t really want to work in that shark tank. Or the skank tank, as we can now see through the social media cracks.
But was it really a win for women? No. It wasn’t. I reckon it set back the feminist cause decades. And were the petitioners really women?
Yes. Painfully obviously, yes. Stupid question. You just saw all the women pretending they were male computer nerds, swarm in concert against a man who said the obvious, that they aren’t men and never will be…
…and in fact, are unpleasant ugly bitch-faced worn-out fat sex toys whose best use in the coming New World Order, will be getting bartered for a box of shotgun shells or a jerry can of diesel.
I’m not so sure. This was a new low for American cancel culture, and the best explanation I can think of is that, for the most part, the petitioners were men.
No, and she provides the QED herself at the end of this post.
It’s not that I dislike men or imagine them stupid. It’s just that I’ve come to think that people are sometimes most blinkered and most vicious when they’re rallying to a cause that’s not their own. Ally syndrome let’s call it. Allies are often more merciless because the wrong isn’t theirs to forgive.
No, Mizz Wakefield. That’s why allies care LESS, because they aren’t the wronged party.
Or perhaps I simply don’t want to believe that women can be so dim.
If the petition really was signed by women, in defense of women, then somewhere along the way feminism’s done a nosedive. If you read the contentious sentence in context (and God forgive those petitioners if they didn’t), it is in fact not an attack, but a love letter to García Martínez’s then girlfriend. Bay Area Woman is simply there to provide dramatic contrast; to show how relatively tough and capable the girlfriend is.
There’s no true Scotsman but these feminists are acting so true to type that it’s like they’re following a script. For a movie! ABOUT PATRIARCHY!
But apart from her physical ineptitude, where is Bay Area Woman’s brain?
She asked it, not me!
You just can’t complain that a man is perpetuating a sexist stereotype of women as wimpy, and then hyperventilate about the thought of sitting next to him. Or if you do, you’re literally proving his point — and that’s not a millennial ‘literally’, as in ‘literally unsafe’ or ‘literally killing people’ by insulting them on Twitter. It’s straight-up, old-fashioned literally true. It absolutely beats me why these 21st-century women so hellbent on progress conform so readily to patriarchal stereotypes, fainting away at any whiff of offense. Perhaps Apple should stock smelling salts beside the hand gel dispensers.
I couldn’t say it better myself.
‘Given Mr García Martínez’s history of publishing overtly racist and sexist remarks,’ the petition went on, ‘we are concerned that his presence at Apple will contribute to an unsafe working environment for our colleagues who are at risk of public harassment and private bullying.’
What is the truth here? Would a girl be unsafe sitting next to Antonio García Martínez?
One word: manspreading.
The only evidence the petitioners present is from Chaos Monkeys, but I’ve scoured it for misogyny, and found so little it’s almost disappointing. García Martínez is a workaholic tech nerd. Throughout the book he has one long-term romance and behaves, I’d say, in an exemplary way. For instance: when the tough-nut girlfriend discovers she is pregnant, García Martínez sticks with her and agrees to be a father. He does it although he doesn’t himself want a child, because he knows how much the toughie wants one. Are you listening, Bay Area Woman? How many of you have been ghosted by men with all the right views on gender or, say, Palestine? Don’t actions speak louder than words?
There’s a bit of advice buried in Chaos Monkeys that Bay Area girls might find handy: ‘Unlike maniacal focus, though, which is a personality trait too difficult to mould once in adulthood, this thing — call it grit, perseverance, or whatever — is something that can be learned,’ writes García Martínez. ‘If you feel you don’t possess that strength within you, then go ride a bicycle across the United States, sail a boat across an ocean, or join the Marines. Whatever it takes to build those reserves of mental endurance.’
A better idea for women: ACT LIKE WOMEN. You aren’t men. Don’t try to be men. Appreciate us. Serve us. Be pretty for us. Like us on Facebook. But no, Annie Oakley, you want that career in the cubicle farm working sixty hours a week instead!
What I find so particularly annoying about the affair is that it brings back a memory of a comparable situation, in which men behaved as I wish these women would. Nearly 20 years ago, when I arrived at The Spectator, a young Canadian writer called Leah McLaren submitted an article about the deficiencies of English men, which was in some ways an echo of that passage in Chaos Monkeys. Leah had been dating a selection of Hugh Grant types, West London Man as I remember, and she was scathing: ‘Since moving to London, my romantic life has been characterized by last-minute text messages, incomprehensible drunkards, first-date coke-bingers and split bar tabs. I quickly learnt that if you let an English man pay, you’ll have to listen to him whine about it later.’ Her conclusion was many English men were emotionally stunted, borderline alcoholic, misogynist and probably secretly gay.
Did the men of The Spectator rise up in outrage? Did they feel triggered and demand Leah piece’s hit the spike? Nope. The piece went on the cover and Boris Johnson, then the editor, invited Leah to lunch.
QED, Mizz Wakefield, it was indeed women who signed the petition to cancel Martinez for hurting Wammins’ fee-fees five years ago.
The witch hunt against Martinez is what feminism is, always was and always will be: female envy of men.