Mad Scientess Jane Expat
From an e-mail received today, subsequent to my attempt to amend the college directory to accurately reflect my current office location.
FW: College Directory Change Department of Physics
Dear [Administrator A]
Dr nanila would like to amend his position name as below
[Previous job] => [Current job]
Please can you review and update ICIS as required.
Really, how difficult is it to check to see what the initials in my name stand for? Alternatively, how long does it take to type "/her"? "Physics" != "male employees only". I shake my tiny fist at you, Administrator B.
Well, I've never met either of these two administrators, so I can't imagine why they'd have heard of me. The administration and the academic staff don't mix much. There are exceptions, but not many.
Oh, that's just fabulous
. Lazy dumb-a*rse. And really, thatdamnninja
has a point--I'm really surprised you're not recognized, both by sight & by name. Huh.
I'd argue that my full name is fairly feminine, as well. But since Administrator B wasn't addressing me directly, I don't see a problem with using an either-or approach to my gender either.
On Administrator B's behalf, I'd like to point out that the number of times I've been asked to input names and literally had to guess at the gender in my current and previous positions has been significant - at the NHS this was usually OK because either way the liklihood was that they were a Dr., but in my current role it's a LOT harder - plus many's the time when the names are from non-European-based cultures, and I have NO idea of the gender - and often neither do any of my co-workers.
Maybe not the case for you, but I for one would like more people to list "Mr" "Miss" "Ms" or "Mrs" on their business cards.
I don't think that defense applies in this case, because Administrator B was not addressing me directly and therefore wasn't obliged to select a gender while writing up my request. I think the either-or approach would have been perfectly acceptable.
Directly addressing someone whose gender is unknown is really painful without a gender-neutral pronoun, though. It's a major deficiency of English.
Edited at 2008-04-30 10:51 am (UTC)
2008-04-29 00:58 (UTC)
"But what's the sense in arguing when you're all alone?"
My apologies if you aren't making the reference I think you are.
That's unfortunate. I wish I could think of a pointed yet lightly toned way for you to point out her/his mistake to her/him.
2008-04-30 11:03 (UTC)
You've got it right
I'm considering sending a polite e-mail to her/him saying something along those lines.