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Is Silicon Valley the Most Ageist Place in America?

Photo of entrepreneur Nick Stamos by Angela Rowlings for the Boston Herald via <a href="">The New Republic</a>
Photo of entrepreneur Nick Stamos by Angela Rowlings for the Boston Herald via The New Republic

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"In talking to dozens of people around Silicon Valley over the past eight months—engineers, entrepreneurs, moneymen, uncomfortably inquisitive cosmetic surgeons—I got the distinct sense that it's better to be perceived as naïve and immature than to have voted in the 1980s," writes Noam Scheiber in The New Republic, in an article that asserts Silicon Valley has become one of the most ageist places in the U.S.

And he found that this ageism is leading male tech workers in the valley to resort to medical intervention. San Francisco dermatologist Seth Matarasso told Scheiber that male techies most often come to him for laser treatments to clear up broken blood vessels and skin splotches, ultherapy for tightening the skin, and Botox. The article goes on to list all the ways that Silicon Valley employers discriminate against men over 35. Not that it's any easier for women, who can't be too pretty but also shouldn't be too ugly if they want jobs in tech, according to a recent article. Silicon Valley is starting to sound not only ageist, but downright narrow-minded when it comes to hiring. The tech industry's hippie pioneers would not approve.
· The Brutal Ageism of Tech [The New Republic]