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From the Washington Post:

How employers are preparing for a gender non-binary world

By Jena McGregor, July 7 at 10:21 PM

Last week, one of the biggest of the Big Law firms — places that have been getting more scrutiny for lagging on diversity — announced a novel approach to measuring the gender makeup of its employees. Rather than saying it was raising its target for female employees, Baker McKenzie on Monday said it aimed to reach 40 percent women, 40 percent men and 20 percent “flexible” — which the firm said could be women, men or non-binary people — by 2025.

A “flexible” target may look to some like a way of giving the firm wiggle room if it doesn’t reach gender parity; Baker McKenzie said it wanted to account for non-binary employees and believes 40 percent women is a tipping point that would help it reach equal numbers.

My impression is that whatever woke craziness happens, expensive law firms like Baker McKenzie will still come out on top. If tomorrow there were a Khmer Rouge coup in Washington and the government began executing people who wear glasses, the big time law firms would just add free laser eye surgery to the employee benefit list and carry on unimpeded.

Yet by explicitly recognizing employees who don’t identify as either male or female, the firm is also taking a new and welcome step, advocates on LGBTQ issues said.

“It’s important because it’s inviting in non-binary people into the conversation,” said Beck Bailey, deputy director of employee engagement at the advocacy group Human Rights Campaign.

In other news, Argentina soccer authorities announced their strategic One Day Plan to catch up in women’s soccer by having Lionel Messi identify as Flexible. “They should be able to score a dozen times per game singlehandedly.”

 
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  1. In other news, Argentina soccer authorities announced their strategic One Day Plan to catch up in women’s soccer by having Lionel Messi identify as Flexible.

    So that’s what the Dalai Lama meant when he said “Sex is Messi.”

    https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/evil-deeds/201207/sex-celibacy-and-spirituality-why-the-dalai-lama-doesnt-date

  2. My thought is Baker McKenzie is merely trying to one-up other firms/companies in wokeness. Likely at least one or two loud voices in their firm are “gender non-binary” and they jumped on the chance to out-gay the other guys. Great press for the moment.

    Related: don’t put too much stock into the fore-thinking of such powerful, rich companies. It’s tempting to think like that, but unless a business is run by a strong, this-is-my-legacy leader-type who remains firmly in control (think Vince McMahon or Donald Trump), modern companies (including law firms) are very short sighted, especially in today’s childlessness, divorce-happy, no-employee-loyalty world, and can disappear tomorrow.

    Think how, just in recent memory, titans such as Bear Stearns and Dewy Ballantine disappeared. Or how Apple almost went kaput until it rehired Steve Jobs and put it right back into his firm iron grip.

    While elites can give off an air of I’ve-prepared-for-the-next-50-years, most don’t because modern companies offer no one any skin in the game–so no one feels like they have to prepare for anything for the company but the next quarterly earnings report.

  3. If tomorrow there were a Khmer Rouge coup in Washington

    Before long, something like that will seem like a genuine improvement.

    • Replies: @theo the kraut
  4. Anonymous[256] • Disclaimer says:

    So the term now is ‘flexible’.

    Perhaps a poor choice of word as the possession or not of the ‘membrum virile’ was, traditionally and universally, the yardstick of sex difference.

  5. Alright, this is idiotic. Just, I’m flexible….cough, cough…with regard to transpeople. Apart from ordinary exhibitionists & pervs, I think that gender does not equal to biological sex, always (tho’, very, very rare). In funny but thought-provoking vid (perhaps too long), Crowder had not, in my opinion, succeeded completely.

    Danielle, the 1st person, had not so bad arguments & they’re more or less even; the other one, I forgot her name- I definitely agree that “she” is she because her line of reasoning was so typically female that no mentally sane man would consider her to be a man. Crowder, although an aggressive debater, was civil & respectful.

    Be as it may, who wants to waste his 50-60 minutes:

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    , @Mr. Anon
  6. Anonymous[240] • Disclaimer says:
    @R.G. Camara

    I have been in a low-loyalty, high-churn, diversity-seeking, young female employing and pretend-managed company (top seats reserved for various bizarre cases as well as friends and family; no actual management skill, pervasive Denning-Krüger effects). It is basically a body with terminal AIDS. The next recession will be gorious.

    • Replies: @L Woods
    , @Neoconned
  7. If tomorrow there were a Khmer Rouge coup in Washington and the government began executing people who wear glasses, …

    As if that would be a bad thing. Maybe Audacious Epigone can dig up the data on glasses and political leanings. Sure, we’d cull a lot of good old folks, but we’d cull a lot more problem folks. There is nothing so wrong with America that Pol Pot couldn’t fix.

    … the big time law firms would just add free laser eye surgery to the employee benefit list and carry on unimpeded.

    Don’t be sure of that. I think they’d prefer hiring Überbinärmenschen Überbinärleute. They are prettier and less problemmatic than those that ruined their eyes reading too much.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  8. Anon[732] • Disclaimer says:

    The Post reporter didn’t ask if Baker McKenzie, re: employee benefits, will be paying for their trans men staff’s abortions.
    Sorry, ridiculous of me to ask I know. Just remembered Juan Castro. The US taxpayer will be paying.

  9. Neoconned says:

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7216777/amp/U-S-dream-pulls-African-migrants-record-numbers-Latin-America.html?ico=amp_articleRelated

    Steve read this and look at the map….this “refugee” spent 5k dollars while pregnant to get from Cameroon to Ecuador and then finally to the southern border…..

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  10. Anon[732] • Disclaimer says:

    If a trans lawyer is debarred for malpractice, can xe just revert to xir birth gender/dead name (law school records/credentials re-renamed) and be immediately (re?)admitted to the bar as a new member?

    • Replies: @Kronos
  11. No, no, no! A non-binary person needs to count as both male and female!

    That way, a firm can have 60 percent male and 60 percent female. Indeed, it would clearly be useful for everyone to identify as non-binary, so that every firm can be 100 percent female and 100 percent male, and we can then just forget about the whole stupid thing.

    Damn the arithmetic — full speed ahead!

    • Agree: bomag
    • LOL: GermanReader2, Abe
    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    , @Haruto Rat
    , @guest
  12. Steve, you MUST find a recruiting ad where Baker McKenzie actually says flexible!

  13. Anon[265] • Disclaimer says:

    So trans men and women will go into the male and female categories, and 20 percent will be something other than male, female, trans, gay, or lesbian?

    I was under the impresion that nonbinary people were either (1) the 21st century version of LUG (lesbian until graduation), and they sort themselves out by graduation, or (2) depressed, jobless losers who are too wimpy for antifa and too undisciplined for law school.

    But seriously, by welcoming nonbinary employees you’ll end up with a load of mentally ill employees who will not be able tho cope with the law firm pressure cooker.

    • Replies: @Known Fact
    , @guest
  14. “It’s important because it’s inviting in non-binary people into the conversation,” said Beck Bailey, deputy director of employee engagement at the advocacy group Human Rights Campaign.

    This is what getting a free pass from the press looks like. Charlotte Clymer, the Human Rights Watch press secretary (“a proud transgender woman and military veteran”), was cheering on antifa’s beatdown of Andy Ngo a few days ago, but it’s still the go-to organisation for the Washington Post on the questions of “rights”.

    Clymer should check if antifa has met its nonbinary quotas yet.

  15. DuanDiRen says:
    @R.G. Camara

    This.

    Baker McKenzie is made up of lots of super high IQ people, but they have no loyalty to their associates, and the associates know it. Every single person is one failure or embarrassment away from getting the boot. It is more efficient that way.

    • Replies: @The Anti-Gnostic
  16. Beliavsky says:

    Guys will be incented to declare themselves “non-binary” to help employers meet diversity goals, just as Elizabeth Warren pretended to be a Native American. Will guys have to get their gonads chopped to prove non-binarity, or will wearing a skirt on Fridays be sufficient?

    • Replies: @Jack D
  17. Only binary people need apply. Problem solved.

  18. @DuanDiRen

    That describes most law firms, and probably most professional service firms. It’s not really a scalable model.

  19. government agencies and private organizations have been doing this for years by reporting “minorities” (non-whites), which includes very white, completely racially white hispanics. it’s been going on a long time, counting “Latino/Hispanics” who have no cultural identification with anything other than white culture, don’t speak Spanish, etc, but may carry a surname (or not even).

    • Replies: @Travis
  20. Anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:
    @Neoconned

    Refugee tourism bro ? Booming field.

    They’ll write you up a nice bio with some woke catchphrases, you’re golden.

  21. @R.G. Camara

    While elites can give off an air of I’ve-prepared-for-the-next-50-years, most don’t because modern companies offer no one any skin in the game–so no one feels like they have to prepare for anything for the company but the next quarterly earnings report.

    I knew .gov was doomed when they issued the “forever” stamp.

    Nature has zero tolerance for hubris.

  22. Dr. X says:

    We’re getting to the point where the term “clownworld” is becoming insufficiently descriptive…

  23. Travis says:

    We should also expect more and more whites to claim Native American ancestry. Elizabeth Warren demonstrated that one can advance their career and face no negative repercussions (as long as one of your 256 7th great grandparents was partly Indian.

    The number of Americans claiming to be Indian has grown significantly over the last 20 years.. The 2000 census counted 4.1 million Native Americans (Indians). The 2010 census counted 5.2 million Native American (Indians). With the popularity of DNA testing we should expect the number of claiming to be “Native American” to grow even faster and may well reach 10 million for the 2020 census. If every white American with .1% Native American DNA claimed to be part Indian, we will have over 20 million Native Americans. If mestizo hispanics stop identifying as white and begin claiming Indian heritage we will have more “native Americans” than Blacks in the United States.

  24. @Bardon Kaldian

    There are no genders in English, except with pronouns. Where there are three.

    This is called pronomial gender, as opposed to grammatical.

    The only language currently spoken in Europe with such a system is English. Manx, now extinct, also had such a system. Other languages with pronominal gender but not other kinds of gender include Persian and Tibetan, along with Afrikaans, Defaka, Pitta Pitta, Malayam, and others…

    Are there any languages other than English that lack grammatical gender but have gender-specific pronouns?

    • Replies: @Bardon Kaldian
    , @jim jones
  25. @Reg Cæsar

    Don’t be a hair-splitting perfectionist. English is a bastard language, unique in its bastardry. Therein lies its strength.

    And of course, sex-gender difference can, in various forms, be found in other Indo-European languages (not only them). We all know what we’re talking about.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  26. jim jones says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    You can always tell when people are non-native speakers because they call inanimate objects “he”

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  27. “Hint, hint,” Baker McKenzie added.

  28. I worked for five years in a major Manhattan law firm. Probably 25% of the male lawyers were gay. Several male partners were obviously gay but married to women and had children. Of the female lawyers, probably at least 50% were lesbian. This is typical for the legal profession and one of the reasons why they are so gay friendly.

    • Replies: @Kronos
    , @Daniel H
    , @Jack D
  29. MikeJa says:

    Someone should ask Megan Rapinoe how she’d feel about competing against 6’2′ 250lb trans-women. My money would be on her following Robert Conquest’s law about everyone being conservative about that which they know

  30. Mr. Anon says:
    @Bardon Kaldian

    If you accede to their term “gender” you have already given up too much ground.

    The correct term is “sex”, and there are two of them. And it is not a social construct; it is a biological reality.

    • Agree: William Badwhite
    • Replies: @Bardon Kaldian
  31. Mr. Anon says:
    @PhysicistDave

    No, no, no! A non-binary person needs to count as both male and female!

    A superposition of sexual eigenstates.

    • LOL: nebulafox
  32. Anon7 says:

    In a new article in Bloomberg, Bill Gates admits his sexist mistakes. Just be sure to read the last sentence…

    Reflecting on the culture he created in the 1970s as Microsoft Corp. co-founder, Gates said the company in its early days had “a self-selected set of people who were mostly males, I’ll admit, and yes we were pretty tough on each other. And I think sometimes that went too far.”

    Now a philanthropist with a fortune estimated at $107 billion…

    That’s $107,000,000,000 – and don’t forget the Gates Foundation, which is now worth another $50 billion.

    That’s $50,000,000,000.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  33. Spangel says:

    When can we nix racial quotas and replace them with racially transidentified people?

    Why do elite law firms bother with trying to hire so many women when they know perfectly well women don’t want to work there? Does it help them get institutional clients who labor under govt regulations requiring diversity in the companies they contract out to?

    Do they dislike having no women around? I mean if you basically mandate 80+ hour work weeks for associates, having women around might help with the morale.

    Probably everyone would be happier if they left men to the 80 hour a week slog towards partner and hired all women for paralegal and other less intensive staff jobs.

  34. L Woods says:
    @Anonymous

    Me too: it’s called the United States of America.

    • LOL: Daniel H
  35. Neoconned says:
    @Anonymous

    “The next recession will be glorious ”

    I lol’d.

    But ain’t those yrs you have to tolerate it hell on earth?

    Few exceptions but generally speaking I can’t stand working with women much h less women bosses.

  36. George says:

    I’ve kind of warmed up to Ts dominating women’s sports mostly because the alternative to T seems to be L. For example, this weekend (L) Amanda Nunes beat the great Cis hope Holly Book in the first round.

  37. Jack D says:
    @Beliavsky

    Will guys have to get their gonads chopped

    Getting your gonads chopped is SO 2018. In the current year, your gender identity has nothing to do with your reproductive organs – it’s purely a social construct, like race. Just ask Rachel Dolezal or Elizabeth Warren – race is entirely a matter of self-identification, except when it isn’t. Same thing for gender.

    Humpty Dumpty explained it ( what today we called “having a conversation”) long ago:

    “When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.” “The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.” “The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be master—that’s all.”

    • Agree: GermanReader2
    • Replies: @El Dato
  38. @PhysicistDave

    I’ve always felt that dialogue in The Producers was prophetic.

    Leo Bloom told Max Bialystock something along the lines of “Max, there can only be one hundred per cent in anything” but Max was not willing to take it as an answer.

  39. i still don’t understand how law firms will ever be forced to diversify, unless they start getting sued by…other law firms.

    which i don’t see happening.

    • Replies: @Kronos
    , @Anon
  40. Jim Given says:

    Back in the 1960’s, the East German women’s Olympic team used to be dominant in many events, in a way that seemed to correlate with the sexual ambiguity of some of its members. But they weren’t doing anything that should be called “cheating”,; they were merely being progressive, albeit a little ahead of the curve.

  41. @The Alarmist

    There is nothing so wrong with America that Pol Pot couldn’t fix.

    I sure hope you’re joking, Alarmist. The guy had 1/3 of the population of Cambodia killed. We probably do have 1/3 for which we’d be better off without, but once these things get rolling, yeah, a lot of good folks would get culled, along with the bad.

    I say that as a guy who doesn’t wear glasses, but it’ll probably be anyone who has ever written a BADTHINK comment on a blog next time around. So long, it’s been nice to know y’all …

    • Replies: @J.Ross
  42. @Anon

    How can a high-powered lawyer working those 120-hour weeks have time to even think about changing genders?

    • Replies: @Yngvar
  43. El Dato says:
    @Jack D

    Will guys have to get their gonads chopped

    It’s a woke version of the Turing Test.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  44. anon[141] • Disclaimer says:

    “It’s important because it’s inviting in non-binary people into the conversation,” said Beck Bailey, deputy director of employee engagement at the advocacy group Human Rights Campaign.”

    maybe Beck should become Becky…

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  45. Kronos says:
    @Anon

    Now that’s flexible.

  46. Kronos says:
    @prime noticer

    What about government entities? Civil Rights Department and it’s ilk.

  47. CCZ says:

    Training video for Baker McKenzie?

    Maybe future Baker McKenzie attorneys?

    • Replies: @Kronos
    , @Kibernetika
  48. Kronos says:
    @M.Rabinowitz

    Do you mean “lesbian lesbian” or bisexual with heavy preference for women? It’ll be interesting to see how those stats break down once disaggregated. Though, gay men married to women aren’t going to be so truthful on the questionnaire (and vice versa.)

  49. Kronos says:
    @CCZ

    I’m afraid just to click the video link.

  50. Kronos says:
    @Spangel

    Maybe they truly believe in the gender-wage gap. They’d make a killing if correct.

  51. Anon[129] • Disclaimer says:

    Injustice is when a media run by a hostile foreign minority of apocalyptic religious and ethnic zealots gets to dictate what “world” we live in.

  52. Anon[129] • Disclaimer says:
    @prime noticer

    i still don’t understand how law firms will ever be forced to diversify, unless they start getting sued by…other law firms.

    which i don’t see happening.

    They are worried about the federal government suing them, not private law firms. Its also PR, which theoretically attracts clients that want to benefit from being associated with them.

  53. Travis says:
    @OscarWildeLoveChild

    True, and if more White Americans follow Elizabeth Warren and start claiming to be non-white because they are .1% Native American we will soon have 25 Million “Native Americans” in the United States. Already the number of Indians (Native Americans) have tripled since 1990 from almost 2 million counted on the 1990 census to 6 million counted in 2015.

    Most people who claim to have Indian ancestry actually count themselves as white on the census. Less than half of them claimed to be mixed race on the census. But this may start changing as people observed the benefits of claiming Native American heritage does not require one to be a member of a federally recognized tribe.

  54. Daniel H says:
    @M.Rabinowitz

    I worked for five years in a major Manhattan law firm. Probably 25% of the male lawyers were gay

    Andrew Sullivan claims that Washington D.C. is the gayest city in America. Prissy, smart, aggressive fags ascending the ladders of power and influence. This will not end well.

    • Replies: @stillCARealist
  55. Daniel H says:
    @Spangel

    Probably everyone would be happier if they left men to the 80 hour a week slog towards partner and hired all women for paralegal and other less intensive staff jobs.

    Absolutely. And the women working there should ideally have self-selected themselves, understanding that a law firm is a good place to find a husband and father.

  56. @Mr. Anon

    ? I want to know which is better description of a complex reality & that’s all. I don’t give a hoot about “giving anyone ground”. It’s the truth, or closer approximation of it, that interests me, not ideology-although I am aware that many, perhaps most, who operate with these terms (like Marxists with the notion of “class warfare”) may have highly ideologized agenda.

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
  57. Anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon7

    He’s put in about 30 Bil, Buffet about 20 Bil thus far.

  58. @Bardon Kaldian

    Sex is a biological fact. Gender is a linguistic construct.

    People who use “gender” for “sex” are not to be trusted.

    • Agree: Jim Don Bob
    • Replies: @Bardon Kaldian
  59. Anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:
    @El Dato

    That’s some irony there in that Turing was forcibly sterilized in the 50’s for consorting with late teenage boys.

    He was convicted of indecent behavior and chemically castrated by a working class Britain that had enough of upper class sodomites corrupting working class young men.

  60. Anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:
    @Spangel

    That would lead to affairs straight away and some pissed of rich women and families.

    Spending 80 hours a week with your young para ?

    Think man !

  61. @jim jones

    Finns often call everybody “he” in English. They have only one pronoun for both sexes.

    However, they do have an “it”, and it appeared fashionable for the young Finnish folks I knew in the mid-’80s to refer to people as “it”.

    Germans sometimes used the definite article with names, eg, “die Birgitte”. I think this is where Ivana got “the Donald”. Her native Czech lacks articles.

    (Kindle just corrected “Ivana” to “Obama”. I don’t even want to think of it…)

  62. @anon

    maybe Beck should become Becky…

    Beck Bailey = Labe be icky.

  63. guest says:

    Who’s on top nowadays? I haven’t been paying attention, but I believe gay males have been eclipsed. Lesbians couldn’t stay on top if they wanted, and there just ain’t enough trannies around.

    This Neither He Nor She contingent could win, because such a Unidentifiable Identity doesn’t necessarily mean anything. It could be picked up or dropped at will. You needn’t cut off your manhood or lay with your own sex to prove it.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  64. guest says:

    Does anyone even care that it’s gross and undignified to have “targets” for the sexual make-up of one’s staff? In the absence of an actual business need for such a thing, I mean. Though I suppose P.R. in a Mad World is a business need.

    • Replies: @Kronos
  65. guest says:
    @PhysicistDave

    On the contrary, non-binary means neither male nor female. In other words, nothing. A fuzzy, snowy image where a person might be.

  66. guest says:
    @Anon

    I think non-binary is the next in a long line of terms meant to disorient you while an accomplice snatches your wallet.

  67. @Reg Cæsar

    It may, like St. Paul, become all things to all people. In Russian – for instance- as in many other languages, there is a difference between пол and род, which can acquire different meanings. Anyway, this is not just a semantic play. This is about human personal identity which is rooted in sexual, biological reality – but not necessarily reducible to it.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  68. J.Ross says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    That’s what’s going to happen anyway, it’s just a question of who.

  69. @Spangel

    Probably everyone would be happier if they left men to the 80 hour a week slog towards partner and hired all women for paralegal and other less intensive staff jobs.

    Isn’t that how most law firms operate?

    But then, there are increasing numbers of women who want to be men and are willing to work those long hours for the prestige and bucks. At least, they’ll do it for a while.

    • Replies: @Spangel
  70. @CCZ

    Put coarsely, our notions of traditional binary naughty bits and attendant reproductive hardware are being replaced by naughty qubits (queer bits?), which are able to hold quantum anti-evolutionary gender states. Shit gets weird.

    WTF? https://youtu.be/SI-J8pzs9Hc

    • Replies: @Jack D
  71. Mr. Anon says:
    @Bardon Kaldian

    ? I want to know which is better description of a complex reality & that’s all. I don’t give a hoot about “giving anyone ground”.

    Then you will eventually have no ground to stand on.

    I wish to not give away ground on the issue of reality. Reality is worth defending. Sex is real. “Gender” is bulls**t. I don’t want to live in a World defined by the delusions of crazy people.

    • Agree: dfordoom
  72. @R.G. Camara

    re Dewey Ballantine, in the mid-80’s I had a front row seat for what had to be one of their greatest litigation blunders. It all had to do with California’s Prop. 9, the “peripheral canal” initiative of 1982. Along Hwy. 99 between Fresno and Bakersfield, the Pro-Canal “Family Farmers” erected a billboard accusing the large corporate growers, the “Antis,” of trying to “monopolize” water. The big boys, perhaps egged on by Dewey, filed a defamation action over the magic “M” word, and the FF’s counterclaimed for malicious prosecution/abuse of process. After the defamation claim, targeting core political speech, was extinguished on summary judgment, the cross-complaint went before a jury, which came in for $13 million. The trial judge was a native Kansan. I was with him once when the name Bob Dole was mentioned and he said, “my father delivered Bob Dole.”

  73. Kronos says:
    @guest

    Never underestimate the power of virtue signaling. The faithful want to demonstrate their “divine grace” while the weak and timid merely want to appease. This era allows politics to be figuratively worn as high fashion.

  74. Spangel says:
    @stillCARealist

    In my experience, there are barely any that want to. They go to law school because they don’t know what else to do with their undergrad degree (though men do that too) and then get recruited by biglaw if they have the grades, and they need to work there to pay off their debt. Law doesn’t pay enough to cover the student loans if you don’t stay on a narrowly defined path. I’ve never heard of a women who didn’t thoroughly hate biglaw firms. Yes, perhaps some can stomach it for a few years as an associate but they all want to either leave by 30 or do the bare minimum not to get fired by 30.

    If women actually wanted to be biglaw partners this would be different, but the reason such a tiny percentage of partners are women is because almost none have the interest.

    • Replies: @stillCARealist
    , @Jack D
  75. “It’s important because it’s inviting in non-binary people into the conversation,”

    Huh? What “conversation?”

    • Replies: @Jack D
  76. Yngvar says:
    @Known Fact

    The management will assign genders as business requires.

  77. @Daniel H

    There’s quite a few in the CA legislature; my current rep, Kevin Kiley, is quite queer. My sister works for a CA politician who is an old pervert with two ex-wives and multiple current boyfriends. His chief of staff is also an aggressive homo. The stories that she tells of that office would make you laugh and cry and be flabbergasted all at once.

  78. @Spangel

    There are LOTS of women with law degree working in gov’t jobs. The benefits and time off are much better than the private law sphere.

  79. Jack D says:
    @Spangel

    I mean if you basically mandate 80+ hour work weeks for associates, having women around might help with the morale.

    You obviously haven’t seen most of these women. Being the kind of ball busting high-T female who wants to make partner and being the kind of women who would improve the morale of male associates are two completely different things. The presence of these women is DE-moralizing in most cases and makes an already grim scene even grimmer, combining the WORST characteristics of men and women.

    As you say in your other post, the other kind is gone in short order – they aren’t there long enough to de-grim the place.

  80. Jack D says:
    @Spangel

    When can we nix racial quotas and replace them with racially transidentified people?

    Gender transidentified will do. One of the reasons why Big Law and similar institutions love LBGTXYZ is because it takes some of the pressure off of them to hire unqualified racial minorities. Sure we have hardly any black associates but look at us – we have all these gays and gender ambiguous and whatnots (who all happen to be white or Asian), not to mention lots of females and Asians so we are plenty diverse and clearly Goodthinkers. If we don’t have any blacks, it’s not because we’re racist, its because mumble mumble mumble.

  81. Jack D says:
    @Spangel

    Yes, most women don’t have the “necessities” to be Big Law partners but the kind of skills that some women have (attention to detail, ability to sit still, etc.) are actually very suited to many kinds of Big Law associate work. Instead of embroidering needlework samplers, they are doing document review.

  82. Jack D says:
    @M.Rabinowitz

    I think you are vastly overestimating the # of gays. Gays tend to be high profile so you think that they are everywhere and people tend to vastly overestimate their numbers. The % of the US population that is actually LGBTXYZ is under 4%, which is an awfully small % to set the agenda for the remaining 96% of the population (but they do). Now in a place like Manhattan and in a big law firm, it’s going to be higher but not by an order of magnitude. Unless you were in an unusually gay firm, your estimates are off by at least double.

  83. Jack D says:
    @Kibernetika

    It’s more like string theory – you can posit 10 different genders but they can never be verified by experimental observation. The only way to make a baby involves the old fashioned two – no more and no less.

  84. Jack D says:
    @guest

    For many men and women, especially those not in the top 50% in the looks department (BTW, have you ever seen a non-binary person who is even vaguely attractive?) relations with the opposite sex have been turned into a minefield of disappointment and danger (and not the “good” kind of danger) so it’s no wonder that many of them are choosing just not to play the game. When boomers said that something was “better than sex” they were being metaphorical – to them, nothing was really better than sex. But the current generation means this literally.

    • Replies: @Justvisiting
  85. @Jack D

    relations with the opposite sex have been turned into a minefield of disappointment and danger

    Every person should be told the operational definition of sexual harassment: It is _unwelcome_ sexual advances in the workplace.

    For the bottom 50% that means _any_ sexual advances in the workplace.

    For others it is just a minefield with the density of the minefield reduced as the sexual market value of the individual increases.

    Perhaps some math genius could generate an appropriate algorithm. 🙂

    • Replies: @Known Fact
  86. @Justvisiting

    All you need to know is that if you’re in the top 20 percent you can have 80 percent of the fun.

  87. @Bardon Kaldian

    The “human personal identity” of the mentally ill.

  88. Jack D says:
    @Prester John

    You must surely know by now. “A conversation” is an event where racist, sexist cisgendered whitey gets lectured to by his moral superiors. Up until now, this has been mostly people of color and gays but when you invite non-binary people “into the conversation” that means that they are allowed to lord it over you too.

    Here is a Chinese man “having a conversation” with some students during the Cultural Revolution:

    • Replies: @CCZ
  89. CCZ says:
    @Jack D

    Some conversations were more robust than others.

    • Replies: @Kronos
  90. Kronos says:
    @CCZ

    Jeez! What happened to his face?

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