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  •  I may have read over the part of the article (13+ / 0-)

    that detailed the modern White Man's Burden but exactly what are the benefits of being female or a minority?

    I am old enough to remember my late wife's medical school admission interview where she was asked if she were married.  If the answer were yes, then she was expected to discuss her sex life and BC precautions because the panel of medical educators were concerned she would become preggers, drop out and "waste" that slot which could have gone to a male.
    If she were not married, then there was still sex talk as the presumption was that the applicant was sexually active and seeking a husband.  Having secured a physician husband, the applicant was then assumed to drop out (don't get me started on "starter wives" where males were supported through professional school by their wives to dump them for a younger model once the bucks start rolling in) and waste the slot again.

    Women medical students were expected to volunteer for pelvics so their fellow classmates could get a hands on experience while males were not asked to reciprocate when the prostate was studied.  I could continue about the indignities but at the end of the day, I must ask, what benefits?

    •  Several decades ago, (10+ / 0-)

      I was applying to be a police officer (I know, right?) and all candidates had to be interviewed by the county commissioners.
      One of them actually asked me if I would arrest someone if they pinched me on my ass. Me and my big mouth shot back "Did you ask the male candidates the same question?".
      Needless to say, I didn't get the job, even though I was in the top 5 after the written exam, the psychological eval, the interview with the Chief, a drug test and a lie detector test.

      If trees gave off WIFi signals, we would probably plant so many trees, we would save the planet. Too bad they only produce the oxygen we breathe.

      by skohayes on Thu Aug 28, 2014 at 10:06:11 AM PDT

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