Saturday, February 14, 2009

Do your good deed for the day

Fellow Smoker CH directs us to this petition (there's also a lively discussion here) asking the APA to enforce their anti-discrimination policy in the case of those colleges and universities that:
require faculty, students, and staff to follow certain 'ethical' standards which prohibit engaging in homosexual acts.
Some things are bigger than losing jobs in the JFP, folks, so sign the petition if you are so moved by the its stated purpose:
We, the undersigned, request that the American Philosophical Association either (1) enforce its policy and prohibit institutions that discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation from advertising in 'Jobs for Philosophers' or (2) clearly mark institutions with these policies as institutions that violate our anti-discrimination policy. If the APA is unwilling to take either of these measures, we request that the APA publicly inform its members that it will not protect homosexual philosophers and remove its anti-discrimination policy to end the illusion that a primary function of the APA is to protect the rights of its members.


Philosopher P said...

Several years ago I declined to apply for a job at a private, conservative, university because I thought they asked invasive questions on their application.

A freind works at that same university and has been on many hiring committees at that university. It was his claim that they didn't see the application when they were evaluating candiates. According to him, the application (with the offensive questions) stayed in HR. As evidence, he pointed to numerous faculty members in his own department who both honestly answered the invasive questions in a way that would be counter to the "values" of the university. Many of these folks were tenured.

It seems that the only way to eliminate bigotry is from the inside. Folks are significatly less likely to be homophobic if they work with a gay person etc... So, removing these listings from the JFP runs counter to those claims. There is no way diversity will be increased by disallowing postings.

Also, when the applicant does the application, the questions give them a good picture of the potential problems of the job. At that point, they can choose to decline to apply, as I did.

Mr. Zero said...

It seems that the only way to eliminate bigotry is from the inside.

This seems wrong to me. To the extent that, for example, racial bigotry has been eliminated at the universities of Alabama and Mississippi, it was eliminated as a result of outside pressure.

That's not really the point, though. The point is, the APA has a policy against discriminatory hiring practices, including practices that discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation. The petition only asks that the APA enforce its own policies.

One might wonder why the APA would want to participate in such vulgar practices. Even if I couldn't put a stop to it, I'd want to wash my hands of it.

One might also wonder how, if the schools we're talking about are permitted to continue to pursue their discriminatory practices, the relevant administrators will ever find themselves with homosexual coworkers who will cure them of their homophobia.

squid said...

The petition asks that APA either follow it's own guidelines and self-imposed code and refuse to allow advertising for schools with discriminatory hiring practices, or, at minimum, include said schools in the list of censured institutions and indicate somewhere in the ad that the school has suspect hiring practices. I would find the second option to be very useful (assuming the APA doesn't want to lose the ad revenue by going with option A). There are also a number of job listings on the web from schools that, based on location alone, I would expect to be either sex-segregated or outright sexist. I'd like to know that too (not that I was planning to look for a job in Qatar or UAE) before I applied for such a job. APA's hypocrisy goes beyond sexual orientation. I can't imagine, OTOH, that we would even be having this conversation about schools that openly discriminated on the basis of race.

Anonymous said...

I am bisexual and would not apply for a job at a school that indicated restrictions or preferences of this sort. But there is a difference between one's sexual orientation and one's sexual practice, and if a religious school wishes to regulate the *latter*, I think they have a right to do so.

Clayton said...

But there is a difference between one's sexual orientation and one's sexual practice, and if a religious school wishes to regulate the *latter*, I think they have a right to do so.

Fine, but the APA also has the right to tell these people that given their practice they cannot advertise in the APA's publications or can do so only if they are marked as a censured institution. Agreed?