it's one thing to have a woman shaving your nether regions in preparation for a surgery or giving you an enema (or similar), but some dude doing it to you introduces a bit of mental discomfort in guys
I can't say I've had to have something like this yet, but it seems to me that this situation would have plenty of mental discomfort regardless of the gender of the technician. When you had your last physical, was the physician the same gender as you or the opposite? Did you care? Why would the gender difference not matter for the doctor, but would for the nurse?
a substantial investment in equipment and software that IN NO WAY contributes to the company's bottom line.
I agree with your post, however this line is probably not true -- if the ISP does this at the behest of a politician (or any government TLA) then there is probably either a tax break or some other kind of financial boon for doing so, if not a penalty for not cooperating -- which means this almost certainly will hit their bottom line one way or another.
Also, the ISP cooperating here could give them a boost with that politician and perhaps their party when having future unrelated discussions -- for example, around net neutrality.
like women bullying men who go into nursing
Actually, I suspect the bigger concern is that men who go into nursing are ostracized by other men, rather than by women.
Obamacare passed without one Republican vote in the House or the Senate. When was that last called a Strictly Partisan Bill?
Um... every day?
You must be new to the world of programming -- old technology never dies! MWA HA HA HA!!!