The advertisement reads: Chinese city wardens wanted: “must be young, female and pretty. Only good-looking women under 23 need apply to become a Chengdu law enforcement officer.” Specifically: candidates for law enforcement jobs must be female, aged between 18 and 23, over 5’2″ tall, attractive and with a good temperament. Their contracts will end when they turn 26.
“Their main job is to present a good image so they have to be good-looking,” said the human resources director of the law enforcement bureau. “And when they get older, they will get married and have children so it will not be convenient for them to do such work. Having them leave at 26 is for their sake.”
Hum, perhaps he should check with one of his “good-looking female employees” ‘to see if she agrees with this assessment.
China’s urban law enforcement officers, known as chenguan, have a bad reputation, and many regard them as little more than thugs. Hence the introduction of the woman-only team to soften up the image.
But the human resources spokesperson declared that it was unfair to describe these woman as “flower vases,” which is a Chinese term for women who are attractive but of little use. “They need a good temper and communication skills as well,” he told a Chengdu news website.
Apparently it is common for employers to pick out female candidates because they are prettier. Even worse, such discrimination even extended to breast size until fairly recently. It was only in 2004 that the Hunan provincial government dropped its requirement that women civil servants have “symmetical breasts” after it was widely ridiculed.
I can’t imagine how this rule was enforced, but at least it’s been dropped.
How about dropping the “only females under 23 may apply” rule too?