Re: Korean Shamanism

Peter D. Junger (junger@PDJ2-RA.F-REMOTE.CWRU.EDU)
Mon, 6 Nov 1995 20:23:29 -0500

Jessie Strader writes:

: Ruby is absolutely right that knowing the sex in advance predisposes
: judgements. I had personal experience of this twenty years ago when
: I sent out 250+ resumes using my full name (not the one above). Those
: who bothered to reply sent rejections, all addressed to Miss Strader.
: After pondering why my great resume was not bringing in the offers,
: I removed my first name and resent it to the same 250+ list using only
: my initials (J. E.). I received 15 job offers (6 from places that had
: rejected Miss Strader) -- all of them were addressed to Mr Strader. I
: also noticed a higher incidence of response overall.
: I would like to say that after twenty years the situation has improved,
: but quite frankly I'm not up to a repetition of the experiment and
: continue to cloak my sex whever I think it might make a difference.
: ----------------------------
: On Sat, 4 Nov 1995, Ruby Rohrlich wrote:
: > Sue-Ellen Jacobs and I are known to each other, and you're right, she's
: > terrific on gender and in general. When I say "we" I suppose I mean
: > feminists who are
: > trying to eradicate the androcentrism in the English language. What has
: > the sex of a poet or author got to do with their abilty? Some studies
: > indicate that knowing the sex in advance predisposes judgments in certain
: > directions. Ruby Rohrlich

But doesn't knowing the sex of a poet make a legitimate contribution
to our understanding of a poem--at least if the poem involves sex, or
love, or something important like that, rather than just finding a

And even for some jobs isn't knowledge of the sex meaningful? I mean
you couldn't expect a man to be hired as a Wartefrau in the Herren
Toilette at the Hauptbahnhof in Munich, could you?

Peter D. Junger--Case Western Reserve University Law School--Cleveland, OH