Re: Korean Shamanism

Jessie Strader (jes22@COLUMBIA.EDU)
Mon, 6 Nov 1995 13:05:35 -0500

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