Monday, May 18, 2015

Stereotypical discrimination alive and well in political preselection processes...

Via The Age, the articles heading reads: Labor candidate for Melbourne admits 'I look like a Green'….
Is there something wrong here?
In an era where we claim to strive toward equal opportunity you would think that everyone is treated in ways irrespective of anything but their ability or capacity to undertake a role and not, according to their race, religion, sex, color, age, cultural background, appearance, marriage or civil partnership arrangements, national origin or physical attributes.
The piece continues:
"She's a former migrant, a human rights and employment lawyer, and she's gay. On paper, the new candidate for Melbourne sounds like a Green out of central casting. But Sophie Ismail is central to Labor's plans to wrestle its erstwhile federal seat back from Adam Bandt.
And the fact she makes Bandt, the sitting Greens MP, look like a white, middle-class male has not been lost on senior Labor Party figures – nor Ms Ismail herself.
"Adam Bandt looks like a Labor candidate and I look like a Greens candidate," she said."
That the author claims that Labor views Adam Bandt’s middle class casting and general looks, as a weakness, and the Labor’s candidates sexual orientation, appearance - that in this case would include hairstyle and fashion sense - is a plus, suggests that there may be an element of discrimination associated with stereotypes at play.

Furthermore, note they have mentioned race by using the term "white". It is tantamount to forms of workplace discrimination.

I feel certain that there must have been others striving for ALP preselection for the seat of Melbourne, if so, then it’s plausible to assume that they may have been discriminated against.

What can we draw from the article?

If you're seeking preselection and haven't got the sexual orientation, cultural background, appearance, marriage or civil partnership arrangement and physical attributes pertinent to the seat, you need not apply. 

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