The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

21 December 2005

Every form is sacred

Neil Bryant served in the Oregon state senate for eight years, then joined the state's university system as a lobbyist. Earlier this year, Governor Ted Kulongoski nominated Bryant for a seat on the board of Oregon Health & Science University, and Bryant was duly sent the state's three pages of paperwork.

One question on the form was "Do you have a disability?" Possibly with twinkle in eye, definitely with tongue in cheek, Bryant filled in the nature of his disability: "white/male".

Hilarity did not ensue. Kulongoski got Bryant on the phone and asked him "What were you thinking?" Bryant has since requested that his nomination be withdrawn.

Having once completed a "Race" blank with "Mile Relay," I feel for the guy.

(Snagged from NRO's The Corner.)

Posted at 2:04 PM to Say What?


At my credit union (where I can never remember my account number) the teller will look at me & ask "Social?"

I reply, "I normally try to get out every other weekend."

Once during an interview process a young lady would ask the questions, I would answer, and she would fill out the form.
It went like this:
"Eyes"
" Brown" (wanting to say "2")
"Hair"
"Brown"
"Sex"
"Thank you, but I don't feel that this is an appropriate time"
She smiled & then said "Gender"
"Male"

Posted by: Dwayne "the canoe guy" at 4:09 PM on 21 December 2005

Jeez, I always thought that white/male indicates two disabilities. Of course, if one is a white/male who dresses in high heels and pantyhose, then he becomes transgendered. This eliminate the disabilities and a special more equal status is bestowed on the person.

Naturally, this means that if you're ever discriminated against because you're a white male, your only recourse is to put on a dress. Screwy, I know. But who ever thought that John Wayne would look down from cowboy heaven to see backdoor buckaroos in a movie about the American West. Everything is upside down in the culture war.

Posted by: Mike Pechar at 4:42 PM on 21 December 2005