It has been speculated around the web that James Damore, the fella who challenged Google, has a measure of Asperger’s; which is common among techie types. It often leads to the inability to read social situations. It has been speculated that that is might be why he challenged the deeply entrenched power at Google; the thought is that he did not know any better. If he had challenged a conservative institution, he would have been hailed as a courageous hero speaking truth to power, and there would have been no suggestion of Asperger’s. In any event, he did what he did, and the world is better for it.
He was on the wrong side with respect to the intelligent and cool people. These people might be intelligent in some way, but clearly they have large blind spots in their intelligence. As for being cool. well I suppose that we will take their word for it. As for Damore, he is a man, a white man. These creatures are assumed to be reaping the benefit of both the white and patriarchal privileges. Consequently, it is just fine to pile on and criticize him. Furthermore, he appears to be nerdly, generating no tingles in women. Perhaps this is the ultimate sin.
It is assumed that men are powerful, tough and can take abuse; so it is fine to knock them down a peg. In reality, lots of men are not in such a position. These days, it often is not the case at all. But the fiction is maintained for political reasons. Where will all of this lead?