Recently, IRL, I’ve seen — and tried to blow the whistle on — some crazy sexist shit that I can’t talk about here, but that’s deeply shaken me. And, like mistermix, I’m surprised at the level of misogyny among the glibertarian dudebros at Ezra Klein’s new place. I’m not surprised that Vox is turning out to be a glibertarian dudebro enterprise, that much I expected, but I’m surprised by the anti-woman attitudes the glibertarian dudebros have.
I’ve never felt like I had much intuitive understanding of gender issues, and I’m not close to any serious bros. I’d like to know your thoughts about a few things. Number one, is hating women as important politically as hating black people? I’m guessing that it’s a little different at least, since race merges with class in a complicated way and misogyny is less connected with class.
Number two, is the rise of dudebro culture a new thing or not? I know some amount of it’s always been present, but when I was younger, if you were in grad school or something like that, you were supposed to at least pretend not to be a bro-type. That seems to have changed. On the other hand, all the older male Mad Men type stuff (which is very real and continues to this day) is very broish or proto-broish.
Number three, how big is the overlap between tech world Randians and dudebros? I kind of thought that tech world Randians sat around by themselves playing video games and writing Python and feeling superior, not doing shots of Patron with their bros. Is that wrong?
Sorry if this all sounds ignorant and clueless.