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Tech workers in China reduced to "hunks," "beauties"

Posted March 16, 2019 12:00 AM by M-ReeD
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Being capable of doing your job isn’t enough for some tech workers in China who have been reduced to hunks and beauties in advertisements designed to recruit other hunks and beauties.

Following criticism last year for using sexist recruitment language in job advertisements, Chinese Tech companies seem to be at it again, according to reports.

Thousands of advertisements appearing on the two largest recruitment websites in China (Liepin and Zhaopin) for internet companies in search of programmers and other staff contain language emphasizing requirements for a candidate’s appearance as well as language concerning age and gender. For instance, some advertisements recommend that candidates “have presentable facial features” or be “under the age of 30.” According to reports, over 1,000 job postings contained such language with some going as far as to advertise that they employ “good-looking men and women” or “foreign and Chinese beauties and hunks.”

“Even though looks seemingly are irrelevant, Chinese internet companies like to use these catchphrases a lot,” said Lion Niu, a Beijing-based senior consultant at headhunter CGL Consulting. “In some divisions that are male dominant, companies still think by hiring a woman, they can boost morale for the coders.”

Despite reported bans on gender discrimination in the workplace as well as pledges from President Xi Jinping to combat workplace discrimination, the advertisements suggest challenges to fair hiring practices as well as a lack of enforcement.

“Chinese tech companies are falling behind Western peers and need better awareness of equal opportunity and more clearly defined policies banning discrimination,” said Wang Yaqiu, a researcher at Human Rights Watch, a nonprofit group. “Discriminatory practices can be even worse at smaller companies.”

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03/17/2019 2:34 PM

Assuming that hiring is competitive, I suspect the companies are just trying to attract young singles who are interested in working where there are other "attractive" young singles to date.

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03/18/2019 1:04 PM

There might be more truth to that than what meets the eye.

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03/17/2019 10:48 AM

All this politically correctness is effecting the ability of attractive people who have traditionally gotten by with their looks for 1000's of years...

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....Yeah the do-gooders never wanted to help anybody, they just wanted revenge on life's cruel jokes....

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"Yeah the do-gooders never wanted to help anybody",.. Well.......they did. ....Themselves.

Its all for the "Great Good" I hear.

Do Gooder definitions that make me laugh:

A) a well-meaning but unrealistic or interfering philanthropist or reformer.

B) Someone who thinks they are helping society by championing oppressed minority groups, when in fact they are ruining society and crippling free speech.

C) a well-intentioned person, esp a naive or impractical one

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D) a well meaning but ignorant person with lots of money that just wants to help people, but ends up destroying their lives through unintended consequences....

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03/18/2019 3:34 PM

You've managed to be offensive to both beautiful people, who may be very intelligent and skilled, and those who have been sexually harrassed or assaulted, which are not exclusive categories. The Me Too movement is about normalizing the reporting of crimes and providing consequences in a system that almost always ignores or minimizes sexual offenses, not improving the employment chances of anyone. Try less stereotyping and more understanding.

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I guess you didn't read it very carefully....and I might add, do not recognize tongue-in-cheek humor when you see it... Get off your soapbox...

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Check out George HW Bush speech on political correctness.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4IORaF6fi_Y

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It normalises nothing for anyone in a system that can be bought for the right price. A square is a square if looked at from a side to a side, if looked at from a corner to corner it is a diamond, so view understanding from all angles and not the one that suits the mood.

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