I wish the article was longer. Though, I get the point behind. It's like the song "What it feels like for a girl". Here are some of the lyrics
"Girls can wear jeans
And cut their hair short
Wear shirts and boots
'Cause it's OK to be a boy
But for a boy to look like a girl is degrading
'Cause you think that being a girl is degrading"
I do hate the majority of boys names on girls. Mainly, because I just prefer more "frilly" names on girls. But also it seems weird if the meaning of the name is something like "King" or something.
I can't find the original comment by egilona BUT IRA IS A ALSO GIRL'S NAME! It's Sanskrit-based, comes from a holy river and the goddess of wisdom/education, literature, music, and science. If I have a daughter, I would consider using the name because 1. it is easy to pronounce and 2. I want that particular goddess's name to be part of my daughter's.
Originally Posted by scribe
Now, Ira also happens to is also a male Jewish (Standard Hebrew) name.
Hinduism is the older religion, so you could even make the argument that it was first a female name. Milan is also a male name in Hinduism, but a place name more often used for females in the U.S. And several people made the point that Ashley is often used for males in Europe, but females in the U.S. And names have switched gender, female to male/unisex - look up Evelyn.
My point here is - perhaps we shouldn't judge why people use the names they chose.
I cannot remember the last time I applied for a job where I needed to fill out an application along with submitting my resume. Even the ones that have only had it on the EEOE portion, not the part where the HR person would see your information.
Originally Posted by rowangreeneyes
If a male employer was sexist enough to not hire a woman simply because of her name, what honestly makes you think he would hire a woman just because he happened to call her for an interview? Once she got to the interview, he could just not really listen to what she has to say and even if said employer liked some of what she said, he still wouldn't have to hire her just because her name wasn't Elizabeth or Amanda. When it comes to getting an interview, a woman is far, far less likely to be discriminated against than someone who doesn't have a "normal" name.
Male doctors are definitely discriminated against, especially if they're in general medicine. Part of the reason I chose my doctor is because he's great with his patients and isn't as booked up.
Originally Posted by smismar
And if that's not true (the main part of the application asks for gender) then the form is in a legal gray area and may be used against the employer in the event of a discrimination lawsuit (assuming this is for the U.S. and it's not one of those rare exceptions where your gender can be used as a factor).
Originally Posted by scarletrune