News on New Year¡¯s Day

For the past two years, there had always been a NASA disaster awaited us on every Chinese New Year¡¯s Day. So this morning I woke up somewhat anticipating bad news again. But there was nothing bad. Nothing bad came out of NASA, that is.

Instead, the wrack of the New Year¡¯s Day continued. Only this time it didn¡¯t happen in outer space, but right here in Silicon Valley. Carly Fiorina was fired by HP.

My reaction was just ¡°wow¡±! They finally got their way. She has been hated for so long. And HP¡¯s stock shoot up.

In the office, a co-worker passed on the severance pay figure for Carly, a sweet 21 millions. ¡°Don¡¯t feel sorry for her!¡± He laughed. Most of the men in the office seemed to enjoy her fall. Even though a little cynical about her lofty pay for ¡°doing a shitty job.¡±

All the women, especially women managers were shocked and dismayed, ¡°They hate her because she is a woman. If it was a man who did what she has done, they would have admired him. Same goes for our ex-CEO, and Hillary Clinton. They hate a woman¡¯s guts.¡± ¡°Yeah, she did well for HP considering how bad the economy has been.¡±

I couldn¡¯t comment on any of these since I didn¡¯t follow her career closely. But I found this alignment between opinion and gender divide interesting.

3 thoughts on “News on New Year¡¯s Day

  1. About men being resentful of Carly Fiorina simply because she’s a woman, I think the SCUM manifesto describes neatly summarizes the underlying dynamic:

    The male is completely egocentric, trapped inside himself, incapable of empathizing or identifying with others, of love, friendship, affection or tenderness. He is a completely isolated unit, incapable of rapport with anyone. His responses are entirely visceral, not cerebral; his intelligence is a mere tool in the service of his drives and needs; he is incapable of mental passion, mental interaction; he can’t relate to anything other than his own physical sensations. He is a half dead, unresponsive lump, incapable of giving or receiving pleasure or happiness; consequently, he is at best an utter bore, an inoffensive blob, since only those capable of absorption in others can be charming. He is trapped in a twilight zone halfway between humans and apes, and is far worse off than the apes because, unlike the apes, he is capable of a large array of negative feelings–hate, jealousy, contempt, disgust, guilt, shame, doubt–and moreover he is aware or what he is or isn’t.

    Jean’s Reply:
    uhm, I read the paragraph you quoted above. But i’m not sure i understand the point of it, if it has a point? Mind to elaborate?
  2. Maybe this quote was an extreme example of “the evil man”?

    I think considering how big HP is and the tremendous responsibilities in the decision, Carly’s ousting can’t just be a result of the sexual politics. There’s got be some sensible board members. 🙂

    Of course in the end it’s still all politics, just a more complicated type of politics…

    Jean’s Reply:
    I think you are right. I listened to a few more analyst discussion regarding her performance at HP. Sounds like the compaq deal didn’t provide the kind of profit she promised. And she has been given two years to turn it around without much to show… so…

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