Wednesday, May 08, 2013

What a question!

And the winner for the best question I have seen on an application form goes to.....

Jobserver (Capita's job application)

"Do you live full time in a gender other than the one you were assigned at birth?"

Well, no I don't is the answer.  But what a great question.  Terribly invasive. As if asking in this exceptionally well crafted way somehow mitigates the invasive nature of such a question.

I do not recall that gender was assigned.  Who did the assigning?  Maybe this is the new responsibility of the HR department for all their corporate employees.  Gender assignation of the yet to be born.  

The thing about such statements is that you can just imagine how long a debate was held and how much money was spent in the writing of that line.  

Note a few things

1) Gender is now assigned at birth.
2) Do you 'live ... in' a gender.
3) 'full time'

Its interesting that you can live part time in a gender other than the one you were assigned at birth.  I understand what they are saying.  What is the motivation of this full time part?   Hard to say.  What if I only lived in another gender part time but that time was office hours?  It would appear that part time gender differences are of no concern to them.  How long constitutes part time as opposed to full time?

Great question.


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