Where is my gender-blind society?

Posted on February 3, 2016
Tags: society

Having been born in the 1970s, I grew up believing that the future was going to hold a gender-blind society: one in which it simply didn’t matter whether you were male or female. After all, you don’t get to choose how you are born. I would go so far as to consider this one of the “truths” that are “self-evident,” despite the unfortunate choice of wording in the Declaration of Independence.

Smead wallets on Amazon, WBENC Certified

Unfortunately, this is another one of childhood’s promises that went unfulfilled. Just the other day, I was shopping for some expanding file wallets on Amazon, and I ran across these. One of the features touted was that they are WBENC Certified. Why should gender matter one bit when it comes to file folders? The fact that Smead thinks it should matter offends my sensibilities deeply, and therefore I have chosen not to buy these Smead folders.

Of course, Smead is not the only company to jump on the bandwagon that women are “in fasion” these days, and men are out-of-fashion. Yahoo was recently sued for favoring female employees. And I read a recent blog post where a Google hiring manager was “pretty keen” on the “gender stuff” of a candidate who was a trans-woman.

With the rise of telecommuting, I’d like to imagine that someday in the future, there could be a company where you actually didn’t know the gender of you co-workers. Then we could dispense with all this pointless “us versus them” stuff. Of course, that would require liberal use of the singular they pronoun, and usernames which were not based on real names.

Update: Ditto goes for the company Hail Merry. On their packaging, along with all their certifications for being vegan, kosher, non-GMO, and so forth, they list having a “women-led kitchen.” Is your product more worthy of being bought because you’re certified to have a vagina?