Dutch Coven

We’re going to be seeing a lot more of this:

A Dutch engineering university is taking radical action to increase its share of female academics by opening job vacancies to women only.

Starting on 1 July, the Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) in the Netherlands will not allow men to apply for permanent academic jobs for the first 6 months of the recruitment process under a new fellowship program.

Thus implying that women are only able to secure employment if men are excluded. Hurrah for female empowerment!

“We have been talking about [gender balance] for ages,” says TUE President Robert-Jan Smits. “All kinds of soft measures are taken and lip service is paid to it.

So why have you not resigned and handed your post to a woman? I’ve written about such people before:

At every step of their career they would have sandbagged and outmaneuvered anyone who represented competition, be they white, brown, yellow, male, or female. When they were middle managers somewhere eyeing their next promotion they weren’t harping on about the need for greater representation or increased diversity. No, they were promoting themselves. But now the top job is securely under their belt and retirement on the horizon, they want other people to sacrifice their career ambitions on the altar of diversity politics.

Back to the article:

Currently, 29% of TUE’s assistant professors are women; at the associate and full professor level, about 15% are women. With this program, TUE wants to reach 50% of women for assistant and associate professors, and 35% for full professors.

Is this a result of discrimination of the free choice of women? If both, what difference is down to discrimination alone? They don’t care of course, and are instead pushing for equality of outcome. As Jordan Peterson is fond of saying, this will not lead to a happy place.

The plan was announced today and is already attracting controversy. “People say it’s illegal; they say we will lower standards. That’s a load of baloney,” Smits says. Some critics say the program discriminates against men. “Yes, absolutely,” Smits says. “For years, men have been discriminating against women, and women haven’t been paid the same as men for the same jobs.”

So the way to atone for Smits’ generation discriminating against women is to start discriminating against the current generation of men? This is an idea so stupid it could only come from an academic.

Dutch and EU laws allow policies to recruit underrepresented groups, TUE says.

Of course they do: they are the result of special interests lobbying for greater power and privileges, and have nothing to do with equality.

[Biologist Isabelle Vernos] worries TUE’s program could place a burden on female recruits, who may face suspicion about their abilities and anger about the process.

Well, yes. Any woman who could have got the job in a fair competition against male applicants will be dismissed as a token diversity hire. This is why any competent, self-respecting female academic should avoid this institution like the plague.

The program is named after Irène Joliot-Curie, the daughter of Marie Skłodowska-Curie, who received a joint Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1935.

I feel irony is somewhat wasted on the administrators at TUE.

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16 thoughts on “Dutch Coven

  1. Dutch and EU laws allow policies to recruit underrepresented groups, TUE says.

    Nothing wrong with posting your want ads in Vogue or on lampposts in the ghetto. But when it comes to actual appointment I’d guess it must be strictly on merit.
    Maybe TUE has got a pass on pushing the envelope, otherwise they are going to hire a lot of lawyers.

  2. “We have been talking about [gender balance] for ages,” says TUE President Robert-Jan Smits. “

    I’m glad to see he’s done his bit by adopting half a girly name.

  3. women haven’t been paid the same as men for the same jobs
    I don’t know the position in the Netherlands, but in the UK it has been illegal to pay different rates for the same work for over 40 years.

  4. Is the answer for people who self-identity as females to apply en masse ?

    Diogenes wins the thread. Do it and watch them squirm.

  5. I’ve said it before and I’ll keep saying it, once this sort of behaviour starts hitting a critical mass, and the infrastructure designed and built by the old school of white men who knew what they were doing starts being replaced by the woke generation of diversity educated hires, sensible people will avoid places and systems that are likely to have been designed and constructed by these people. Tall buildings, mass transit systems, large bridges and construction projects, air travel. Anything where a single point of failure due to negligence/inability to do the job could result in catastrophe will need to be avoid by the plague. Knowing the date of design and construction will become critical as to whether you want to trust that structure/system with your life.

  6. Is the answer for people who self-identity as females to apply en masse ?

    If I had the required video editing skills, would take the scene from Downfall – I’m guessing you know which one – at the moment when Hitler waves a few fingers over the map of Berlin and says “Steiner’s assault will bring it under control”, and subtitle it “The Trans movement will take care of that”.

    Then one of the generals can report that it’s only for biological women, and Hitler can go on a rant about TERFs.

  7. Funny how it’s only comfy middle-class jobs this kind of thing is ever applied to.

    Never construction work, sewage work, refuse collection, or any of those kinds of jobs.

    Nor are there efforts to get men into female-dominated careers like nursing, teaching etc… Cos that would be invading a kinda safe-space career-wise…

  8. The engineering course I was one was exactly 10% female.

    Wouldn’t have minded a few more actually, and those who were there were all competent as far as I could tell.

    But I’m not sure where these 50/50 faculty members are meant to come from.

    All these women were loaded up to the gills with scholarships, awards and job sponsorships too. Of those I see on social media, roughly half seem to still work in the sector. The other half have chosen to bring children up at home.

  9. Dutch Coven

    [ Applause ]

    “We have been talking about [gender balance] for ages”

    It often seems like much of today’s social strife is down to the fact that egalitarianism has been largely achieved for 3 generations at minimum, yet the expected utopian outcomes have not followed. The groups that, despite (because of?) countless government and private initiatives, still lag behind cannot admit they are inferior, much less address why and correct, so the oppression narrative must be maintained at all costs.

    In this case middle-class women’s representation in these prestigious positions and industries will continue to trail expectations while more and more people notice that oppression cannot possibly be the cause. Meanwhile, rather than retreat and introspect the shrieking will intensify until, if not countered by the sane among us, the kulaks will end up in mass graves. All of it to avoid pointing the finger at the asshole in the mirror.

  10. It often seems like much of today’s social strife is down to the fact that egalitarianism has been largely achieved for 3 generations at minimum, yet the expected utopian outcomes have not followed.

    In the case of women studies are now showing that the more equal a society becomes, e.g. Scandinavia, the more women choose to go into professions more associated with women, thus exacerbating the perceived problem. So Norway is now producing fewer female engineers, while patriarchal societies like Turkey and Russia still churn them out as they always did.

  11. Hmm, I think we know where this is going to end.

    “We will spend six months doing our damnest to fill places with wammen even if we have press gang them from the the solitary ward of bunny boiler asylum”. I think that”s what I read although those more woke than I might interpret it differently.

    Cliff help us if it’s a wammen friendly “profession” that will be trying to do the “green”, “connected”, “internet of fuck ups” holistically regulated “sustainable” future that will provide lavishly for all.

    And they have hardly begun “decolonialising” science and engineering yet!

    Why can’t I get that image of Homet Simpson making the control room simulator go into meltdown out of my head?

    Living in a cave is starting to look quite attractive.

    Will they ever get round to renaming units:?Newtons, Amps, Coulombs, Joules, Volts…..if the patriarchy has its jackboot on science and engineering is there a more graphic illustration?

    Or would that mean actually understanding basic principles rather than how to insert graphics into PowerPoint. Just askin.

    I think you should have called it “Dutch cap”. After all, everything is fannies with feminazis!

  12. On second thoughts, TUE is probably a training institute for people who want to work for Philips – Eindhoven being the company town. Maybe it’s a good idea to have women designing washing machines and household appliances

  13. I knew someone who, along with another person, contracted with a government agency to pick the best applicants to be considered for a specialized position. Three months after completing the task, she and the other person were called back to do it again — for no extra money because the contract was considered unfulfilled until a candidate was hired.

    It seems that the first time no blacks had applied. It’s not that they had overlooked any black candidates — none applied. The position had been advertised and posted in places where blacks would see it, but because no blacks bothered to apply the entire first batch of applications was thrown out and they started again from scratch.

    Whoever the top candidate was the first time would have been lucky to not get the job in the long run.

  14. Not only are they not up to the physical demands of leadership roles, early model versions break down a lot sooner than a similar aged male employee will. See Merkel as an example of their shorter working life span and overall level of usefulness to a prospective employer, it just wasn’t meant to be, whichever way you look at it.

  15. I knew someone who, along with another person, contracted with a government agency to pick the best applicants to be considered for a specialized position. Three months after completing the task, she and the other person were called back to do it again — for no extra money because the contract was considered unfulfilled until a candidate was hired.

    I hope she went to great depths to find them the biggest, thickest, most violent “diversity candidate” she could…

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