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They were not straight, white guys from flyover country or California imported by a software company.
They spent their time doing things other than making Jeff Bezos more money.
It felt more like a job interview, but not the way a date is supposed to be a job interview.
There was no grilling about where you were from and what your family was like and what you were looking for.
These guys—and as Reifman pointed it out, it’s very nearly always guys (75 percent of Amazon’s workforce is made up of dudes!
)—are making K or more a year for their second or third job out of college, and their presence was driving the rents up in Seattle to near New York City numbers.
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It was all job speak—the type of language ladder-climbers use; it was the kind of talk that shuts vaginas down cold.
I hadn’t been out of the house all day, I work from home and I see no people except in a computer monitor, so human company, any kind really, was necessary.
One woman, Violet, a 33-year-old who has lived in the Bay Area for eight years, with one of those in the “belly of the beast, Palo Alto, experienced many of the same things I and other women did. They had a lot to say about their job, but their development as a complete human being seemed to be stunted. “The type of person who is attracted to these jobs and thus to the Seattle area seems to be a socially awkward, emotionally stunted, sheltered, strangely entitled, and/or a misogynistic individual,” she wrote in an email.
And they exhibited little to no interest in the other person at the table. Arlene said that she was once contacted by a Microsoft programmer on OKCupid who required that she read before “he would consider taking me out on a date.