Stargazer at THM very nicely sums up the recent case of an employer who explicitly refused to hire a person because of her gender.
In the comments (which include the usual Why Can’t I Just Do Whatever I Want, Why Can’t I Get A Job In A Women’s Gym suspects) someone asks:
What gets me is he could have just not told her why he wasn’t hiring her. So why did he?
Indeed, the entire case comes down to the fact that this guy basically spelled it out: “I’m not hiring you because you are a woman and I want to hire a guy [insert “team dynamic” “not a sexist honest” excuses here.”
Why would he do such a thing? Women get turned down for jobs and promotions every day without being able to nail the bastard to the wall with his own overt sexism (not to mention similar cases for people of colour, people with disabilities, queer folk, trans folk …) Why would this guy just step right into it with such an admission? In writing, for goddess’ sake?
Here’s a bit of a revelation for any doubters and fence-sitters and people who generally think feminism’s done its dash and why are you so angry, come on, no one really discriminates against women these days!:
They do. Some people do, still, sincerely believe that women are less than men, cannot relate to men, cannot do the same jobs as men*. And not only do they believe these things, they are quite willing to say them, and quite willing to act on these beliefs, and would you credit it, they are, in fact, surprised when an authority figure turns around and says “Bad misogynist, no cookie.”
It does not require elaborate conspiracy theories or delusions of persecution or a martyr complex to know that women are oppressed, and women are denied equal opportunity, and let’s not even go near equal outcomes, with men.
Monte Wells is just clueless enough to be honest about his sexism. How many guys do you think aren’t?
*Anyone tempted to whinge about greater upper body strength etc can go sit in the corner and have a lesson with Beth Phoenix.
Without formally committing to NaBloPoMo, largely because of its awful acronym, I’m setting a casual “30 posts in 30 days” goal for myself. I do not guarantee they will be quality posts, nor that I won’t just post pictures of Natalya Neidhart to get my count up.