By Benjamin Cost
Meanwhile, the Goddess of Virginity will let you inspect her untrammeled forest, no questions asked! (Provided you first schedule an appointment and then wait three years)
In a question that appears quite out of place next to “what qualifies you for this position?” and “what did you like/dislike about your previous job?” civil service exams are now requiring female applicants to describe their “time of the month.”
And if that’s not enough to make all you women blush and cross your legs ever so tightly, the test also requires women to undergo an intrusive gynecological exam to make sure their menstrual cycles won’t hinder their job performance.
The questionable practice is reportedly a holdover from China’s socialist epoch, where leaders kept tabs on almost every facet of the people’s lives, including their periods – a measure to ensure that the birth rate was kept afloat.
Nowadays, people view the policy as irrelevant and even sick. Yang Zhanqing, head of the organization’s branch in Zhengzhou, stated, “We believe that it’s unnecessary to include complicated genital examinations for civil service employment, especially for women,” while one netizen posted, “Are you kidding me? They can’t be that perverted!”
Fortunately, the civil service system isn’t totally sexist, as it requires both men and women to endure extensive genital examinations, upon which if they are found to harbor a serious STD, they will be discharged from the application process.
Still, on average, women feel far more violated by the procedure. One candidate from Beijing university claimed, “The gynecological exam was thorough. I had to take off my clothes, time and time again, and people were able to peek inside to see what is happening because the cubicles were not totally enclosed.”
The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security refuses to entertain any protest, and some even agree with the policy. The deputy director of the Chinese Medical Association stated, “Just like a traffic police officer cannot be color blind, the government has its reasons to set specific rules to select recruits.”
We just hope those reasons don’t involve the deep-seated sexual repressions and perverted fetishes of those in charge of giving out the exams.