LGTs encouraged to apply

In government job postings we often see that men are encouraged to apply for particular positions, and women to male-dominated jobs. I’ve always had problems with that, why favor any gender? Isn’t that what we are fighting for? Gender equality? How do women feel when they read job postings and see that men are encouraged to apply to a women-dominated position? Do they feel threatened and think “Oh now they are going to rule this type of position as well..”? If the reason is to implement equality, our government is using the wrong tool. IMHO..

If this isn’t enough, yesterday our Equality and Anti-discrimination Ombud Beate Gangås posted that she want government job postings to encourage gay, lesbians and transsexuals to apply. She says that government job postings already welcome _all_ to apply, and now she also want to welcome gays, lesbians and transexuals. Hello? Aren’t they among us _all_? And it is transpeople, not transsexuals Gangås.

What is going on in her mind? Or is it only me that have problems with this?

Gays, lesbians and transsexuals already have problems with being included in our society, how will her attitude help? Why can’t they just say “all human beings are welcome to apply”?

If they are printing “Men, women, gays, lesbian and transexuals are welcome to apply” what about the bisexuals?

My next question is.. How will a person who feel, when he or she comes to work the first day after getting such job, when the first question is : “How did you get the job, are you gay or lesbian?”?. I may be cynical but I think there are lots of people out there who would ask such a question. These are the people we should fight, not using dirty and foul methods like Gangås want to use.

I know several men who get talked behind their back by women because they got a position where they encouraged men to apply, they get teased and harassed. What do they do? They quit. I bet the same is for many women who get positions where women were encouraged to apply. Why is this happening? Because they are printing these things in the job listings! Tragic if you ask me.

Can someone please tell me if I am way off here? I have nothing against gay people, I write this because I worry about their case getting hurt by narrow minded bureaucrats.

By the way, Gangås is copying Jon Reidar Øyan’s statements from 2005, he were the leader of The Norwegian LGBT Association.


在政府張貼的項目,我們常常看到,男人感到鼓舞適用於特定的立場,婦女和男性為主的工作。我總是有問題的,為什麼有任何性別?難道這不是我們的戰鬥呢?兩性平等?如何婦女覺得當他們閱讀張貼的項目和男女看到,鼓勵適用於婦女佔主導地位的立場?難道他們感覺受到了威脅,並認為“噢現在他們將法治這種類型的立場以及.. ” ?如果原因是實施平等的,我們的政府是使用錯誤的工具。 IMHO ..

如果這是不夠的,昨天我們的平等和反歧視監察署貝亞特Gangås張貼,她希望政府張貼的項目,鼓勵男同性戀,女同性戀和變性人提出申請。她說,政府工作已經張貼歡迎_all_申請,現在她也希望藉此機會歡迎男女同性戀者和transexuals 。餵?難道他們在我們中間_all_ ?這是transpeople ,而不是變性Gangås 。


男女同性戀者和變性人已經有問題被列入我們的社會,如何將她的態度幫助嗎?為什麼不能只是說: “所有的人都歡迎申請” ?


我的下一個問題是..如何將一個人誰的感覺,當他或她來的工作後的第一天得到這樣的工作時,第一個問題是: “你是怎麼得到這份工作,你是同性戀? ” ? 。我可能不能理解,但我覺得有很多人有誰會問這樣一個問題。這些人我們應該作鬥爭,而不是使用骯髒和犯規的方法一樣Gangås要使用。



順便說一下, Gangås是複製喬恩雷達爾Øyan的聲明從2005年起,他領導的挪威同性戀協會。

Øyvind Lasse Høysæter

Born in 1971, fell in love with computing in 1983 because of Sinclair's masterpieces. Continued on the magic surrounding the C64, Amiga and moved to the PC world in 1990. Loves science fiction, programming, astronomy, my family and my job. (developer) :)

9 Responses

  1. Cecilia says:

    Amen, my brotha!

    I like the way you think… If someone put, “Position open to all that qualify, including Realtors”, I’d feel singled out and offended. Especially if they said, “All Realtors, even those with bangs…”

    Oh, and she left out “little people” on her list. Someone should go after her.

  2. fragileheart says:

    I’m with Cece (pictionary soon? email me!! reggysy at yahoo dot ca).

    Its not gender equality if you give more preference to the supposed gender that experiences sexism. You can’t fight gender equality by giving special treatment to women for example.

  3. Alex says:

    Gender abuse is a cause for which no one cares.. 🙁

  4. Carol says:

    Maybe the real message is “We prefer to hire GLT’s.”

    You know, veiled reverse discrimination. Not a new concept at all.

  5. Keera says:

    It’s part of making people aware. First you have to break down the old way of thinking – which is what deliberately stating “Women/LGT/whatever are encouraged to apply” does – and once those minorities become more common in the jobs they never used to have, you no longer have to keep driving the point home.

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