Political correctness " gone wild
City Council boasts that the person it has appointed to replace its deceased councilman is a woman. In fact, they swell with pride that they consciously favored the women applicants because the absence of a woman on the council was “quite noticeable” and because a woman brings “a woman’s perspective” to the council. Untroubled by the favoritism shown her, the woman herself says “they need a woman.”
Leave aside for a moment the chauvinism that there is such a thing as “a women’s perspective” on city governance. And leave aside the fact that, even if there is, that is a matter for the voters (who evidently were not troubled by it when they elected an all-male council) and not for the existing City Council politburo. And leave aside the unfairness and simple rudeness of allowing men to go to the trouble of preparing applications for the job, and interviewing for it, only to be told after the fact that the fix was already in for a woman (maybe someone should have told them in advance that a penis disqualified them for the job).
No, the most important point is not that this sex discrimination on the part of the city government is unfair, illogical, ill-considered, presumptuous and rude. Rather, the most important point is that it is probably illegal, and perhaps unconstitutional. I hope one of the men who were discriminated against in the name of political correctness gone wild files a sex discrimination suit.
Glenn K. Beaton
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