I've been glancing at a few of the comments. Sheesh, some people sure want me to die off. Oh well. Takes all kinds to make a world.
Someone sent this job ad to me today. I'm not sure what to say. At least they're honest about the requirements. Check out the title: Male Librarian. They don't want any stinkin' female librarians over there in Saudi Arabia, that's for sure. At least in this country when we want someone with a specific gender or race or whatever, we have the good taste to mask it in some sort of politically correct doublespeak and maybe even feel bad about it.
I like this requirement: "Candidates interested in the Librarian position MUST have an American Library Association accredited master's degree in library science and experience of working in an academic library."
I wish them the best of luck with their search, but...wait, no, I don't wish them any luck at all. To hell with 'em. Still, how many male librarians with ALA-Accredited library degrees would want to take a job with outright gender discrimination? Isn't part of being a male librarian that you're not particularly manly? I mean, you might be, but nobody sees you that way. Nothing personal. Would these male librarians want to work strictly around other males? I would think that one of the benefits of being a male librarian would be the ample pickings for dates (and I do mean ample!). Also, I can't imagine any of the male librarians I've known saying, "yeah, it's a good thing to not hire people based on their gender!"
I wonder what the ALA OIF would have to say about this? Should an ALA-accredited MLS take a job where your library by law couldn't even stock such a common title as the Bible? Would being able to check out a Bible be considered part of one's "intellectual freedom"? Seems to me it would. (ALA OIF, don't bother to comment. This library isn't in America.)
Keep in mind that the male librarian who gets this job would have to be straight, or at least pretend to be so, given the barbaric treatment of homosexuals in Saudi Arabia. Heck, the homosexuals have it worse than the women. They can at least pretend and the state will let them drive and appear alone in public. Hmm, wonder what the ALA would say about the implied position that they require a male librarian who's not gay? Boy, they're very discriminating in the intellectual backwaters over there in Saudi Arabia.
Sure, now you're going to say, the AL discriminates against Saudi Arabia. You're Okay, I'm Okay! We shouldn't judge people just because they have different values than us! Okay, Pollyanna, I'm sure the Saudi Arabians would be very accomodating of your flatulent moral relativism. Maybe they wouldn't even behead you. No, wait, maybe that's Iran.
This job is at what the Saudi Arabians call a "university": the brand new Prince Mohammad bin Fahd University. It's on the "male campus," hence the need for some straight men with ALA-accredited MLSs to work there. Considering that the values of universities in their highest sense involve the questioning of received values and opinions and the intellectual defense of positions, I'm not sure this would pass for a real university. "Oh no, women are bad to be around! Can I have my A-plus now?" wouldn't quite cut it in a real university, at least not as a matter of policy. (Nobody mention Women's Studies departments, please.)
Long-time readers know I'm very concerned with increasing the presence of underrepresented minorities in librarianship, especially hot, straight guys, but I don't think this is the way to do it, even on the very off chance that any of those straigt male librarians are hot.