I was filling out an online application form.
First question, title.
Natch, the first option was Mr. Followed by Mrs, Miss and Dr.
Whoa! This is the 21st century.
And if you don’t see anything wrong with that list, then you can pat yourself on the back that you are truly sexist.
Alphabetically one would put Dr first. Or if starting without academic titles, then Miss would come first. Either way, why no Ms?
Even my nearly 80-year-old Jewish neighbour refers to me as Ms and the chair of our committee.
I move onto another option. The default? Mr.
I’m wondering if I should just scrap this form altogether.
Next up, am I married?
And what, pray, is the relevance of that?
And, as I’ve answered Miss, and given a different surname, will that confuse whatever dimwitted arsehole designed this crass form?
How will legally married same-sex couples be viewed? Imagine Mrs or Miss or Ms whatever surnames fill in this form as married. Or Mr X and Mr Y.
Next, any dependants? Why, two dogs of course. Do I get bonus or minus points for that? Who knows?
Surely you also want to know whether I own my own house(s), have a mortgage, outstanding loans of other types, and what sort of shower gel I use?
I’ve asked for a downloadable form because I can’t possibly give them a correct picture when the shower gel info is not an option.
But, why is marital status relevant to any form?
And why is Ms not an option on there?
Yes. I did ditch the online form and now have a headache.
For those of you interested in a little history, Ms was used back in the 1600s. Oh. Yes.
So it’s not a bra-burning 1960s women’s lib thing.
And it was revived at the start of the 20th century.
Bu of course, those who don’t know their history …
And give me one good reason why we identify women who are married or single by their title and we don’t do the same for men?
Poll time. Fun time.
And, if you want another poll, check out Ruth’s.