The left’s laser-like focus on diversity and identity politics has once again caused dissension within the ranks.
According to reports, a recent conference open only to women seeking lucrative jobs in the tech industry was inundated by biological males who claimed to be non-binary. As in relation to gender-specific sports, the notion of allowing men who do not identify as such to take part in this conference caused significant controversy.
In some subsequent social media posts, female attendees complained that males manhandled or otherwise forced their way to the front of lines in order to hand in their resumes for consideration by the companies represented at the event.
Shocking to see how many men showed up to a women in tech career conference claiming “non-binary” on their GHC registration status, shoving, bullying and bribing the women there
Yet I still get comments all the time “I thought we solved the women in tech issue a long time ago”… pic.twitter.com/KRv3BazHOn
— Avni (@avni_barman) September 28, 2023
“On top of that, these men are acting like zoo animals, sprinting to the booths and physically hurting the attendees,” said one such witness.
According to another attendee, the conference became “over-capacitated by rude, disrespectful and female-attacking men.”
As a commenter identified as Nandini Agarwal explained, she left the event feeling “drained and overwhelmed,” claiming that she “missed half the day” due to the influx of men and demanded a refund for what she described as the “worst experience ever.”
Media outlets confirmed that many of the men either registered as “non-binary” or selected “prefer not to answer” when asked about their gender.
Bo Young Lee, whose group, AnitaB, hosted the event, offered a public response to those who were upset.
“Many of you are feeling unsafe, physically, and psychologically, and you’re feeling unheard,” she stated in a LinkedIn post. “We tried to create a safe space, and this week we saw the outside world creep in. This makes me angry, and it makes me sad, but mostly it makes me want to fight.”
It remains to be seen whether incidents like this one will have an impact on the prevailing narrative that biological males should be considered completely female if they identify as such. Some recent developments have suggested that the tide is beginning to turn.
After a team in the women’s division of the International Sport Fishing Confederation refused to compete against a team containing a transgender member, the governing body revised its rules to disqualify biological males.
In Pennsylvania, a student walkout resulted in a school district’s decision to reverse an earlier rule allowing students to use the restroom that corresponded with their “gender identity.”