OT musings: Re: New EEOC categories

Cohen, Gerald Leonard gcohen at UMR.EDU
Mon May 14 19:57:01 UTC 2007

    Btw, according to Affrmative Action guidelines, a woman is not a woman unless she's an American.  For years my department had a Canadian woman faculty-member who did not count as a  woman in the Affirmative Action lists because she's not an American.  I once commented quizically to a colleague that there are so many babies in countries outside the U.S., but according to Affirmative Action, there are no women there!   How are all those babies produced with no women around? This is truly mysterious. I'm still trying to figure it out.
    Recently I was told (accurately?) that for Affirmative Action purposes a non-U.S. woman faculty member is counted as a white male.  If this is really true, the number of openly gay relationships on campus is greater than what it's presently assumed to be.  And black women faculty from outside the U.S. are probably not amused to be informed that they're really white males.  
    I suppose all of this has some relevance for semantic studies and the deviance of word meanings from the norm.
Gerald Cohen

From: American Dialect Society on behalf of Joel S. Berson
Sent: Mon 5/14/2007 2:21 PM
Subject: Re: New EEOC categories

At 5/14/2007 12:54 PM, you wrote:
>WHITE (not Hispanic or Latino): a person having origins in any of the
>original peoples of Europe, North Africa, or the Middle East.

I am from now on going to refer to myself as an aboriginal of European descent.


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