When I started out my career I always thought the demographics of human resources departments was interesting, typically just a big group of women who couldn’t hack it as school teachers. Instead of having their summers off with their kids they got to be cubicle slaves whose only interactions with their kids was through a picture, on their windowless desk, that would occasionally be updated. And the “kids” part was probably iffy anyways since only “college professor” would be a less attractive occupation for a woman’s dating profile than “H.R. Manager”.
H.R. might be towards the bottom of career paths for women, but like other women-centric fields such as accounting, education, medical, and computer programming, it is a “process” centric job. These jobs often have flowcharts (“employee manual”) that allow the worker bee to concentrate solely on the rules, and not necessarily what the rules might be geared to accomplish. This is why women tend to be good, but not great programmers; yes there are some logic issues to resolve, but a great deal of programming is syntax and structure, i.e., “process”.
What brought this to mind is this definitive post at Eratosthenes that examines the root of the current WuFlu mismanagement:
Process people engaged in a bad process headed toward a bad outcome, won’t care about the outcome. They’ll defend their adherence to the details of the process, nevermind the fact that the process, also, is bad. Their defense is that there’s some authority or weight invested in this bad process, and they’re adhering to it. Their hope is that whoever is in a position to adjudicate, will put all the emphasis on following process and ignore outcome, the way they did. If it works, it works, and if it doesn’t work, they just appeal to a higher authority. So they never learn they did it the wrong way, because there’s no reason for them to learn this.
In the machining business all the rote tasks (part cleaning/assembly) are typically handled by women and the CNCs are programmed by men. I’m sure women machinists exist…umm, well not all that sure but it could happen. A big part of the issue there though is that part-machining is an “outcome” type of task. The machinist will get a print and material requirements, and…that’s it. It will be up to him to figure out what tooling is needed, what sequence is needed for the machining etc. There is no manual for him to pull up to tell him How to program the CNC to make ‘Generic Widget A’ that you’ve never seen before. What’s interesting here is that while IQ certainly plays a large role in the ability of the machinist, I am familiar enough with the field to know that I could be trained to be a mediocre machinist in a month or two while the many women-smarter-than-me that I’ve known couldn’t be trained to be a machinist in, I dunno, any amount of time:
Everybody likes to be thought of as intelligent, but intelligence is the ability and the willingness to learn. Learning is a non-instinctive behavioral change. You have to screw up and admit you did it wrong. Only outcome people can do this, because only they monitor the outcome, with a genuine potential for saying to themselves, if the situation calls for it: “Well, that sucks. Let’s do it differently next time.”
So then take the process obsession, and then add-in the rudderless existence of western white women and you get a mass of people whose maternal instincts have been warped to harm society rather than reinforce it, in other words, witches. From the Z Blog:
Early in the Covid panic it was clear that some people were embracing the panic for reasons that had nothing to do with public health. The harridan assaulting people in the grocery store over the bizarre new rules was doing it because suddenly she had a purpose to her life. This was starkly obvious with the Michigan governor, Gretchen Whitmer, who made herself harridan-in-chief. All of a sudden, inconsequential people had purpose and meaning to their lives.
The infamous TikTok videos featuring chubby nurses in scrubs dancing around on empty hospital floors had a similar motivation. White women with mundane lives working in hospitals were suddenly “front line workers” in the war against the great plague threatening humanity. Most of the women working in hospitals just went about their lives but many suddenly saw themselves in a different role. They were no longer just faceless nurses doing menial work. They were heroes.
Put another way, the “process” people had found a way to role-play as “outcome” people. It was as if they said to themselves “if I follow the rules, the process, hard enough, that will be an ‘outcome’ all to it’s own!” Back to Eratosthenes :
When process people defend themselves this way, things get awkward fast because they’re bolstering a claim of premiere excellence, atop an accumulation of evidence that supports nothing better than adequacy. You can’t do an excellent job of following a process; that’s strictly pass-fail. But this doesn’t stop them from trying. Lookit me following the science! I’m following the CDC! They yell jump, I say how high? Clearly, I’m irreplaceable!
The observant may note that the subject in the above piece is in fact a dude, Gavin Newsome (yes, joking aside), but this gets to something Finn over at Gab noted. He’s a prolific poster so I’ll have to paraphrase but his message was basically “women make men lazy”. A man might have a natural tendency to be an “objective” person, but if he works under a woman he will only ever be rewarded for how hard he follows the process, and, why look at that, following a pre-written decision tree is way easier than actually trying to accomplish something! Geldlings like Newsome and Trudeau have emotionally unstable process-scolds as their primary constituency so there’s no point in being anything but a religious rule-follower.
The one thing I want to note is that since we’re in the age of the “process people” the gender roles are much more mushy than they would have been in a more sane age. My former woman-boss comes to mind as someone who would prefer to live in the process, but constantly found herself as the last person in the process chain and had to be “objective” out of necessity when the processes inevitably ran into a wall (even though people further up and behind in the process chain were men). It’s a similar situation for many front office women who are left to manage vendors and (primarily) customers whose existence is nothing more than a grift coded into a Woke rulebook. These people, no matter what sex, are left to caulk up the gaps that inevitably appear in a rigid process.
Something similar is in the works but on a global scale. This was recently seen in the U.K. with CO2 production. They were following the process to a ‘T’ but someone finally got to them and said “you’re about to starve people to death and hungry people tend not to like ‘rule books’ (or their enforcers) that have starvation as one of it’s rules”. We’re all about to find out that there’s a dangerous gap between what the hyper-process based Tech Oligarchy wants to accomplish (which is evil enough), and what they can actually accomplish (which is looking like what it is: intuitional incompetence).