Thursday, February 28, 2013

Anonymity?

Having recently completed a workplace survey that was meant to be anonymous, I later realised that being one of the very few, if not only male in my part of the organisation, meant I could quite easily be identified.

This got me thinking. Other so-called anonymous actions could be anything but if the person's gender is revealed within the Early Childhood profession. With a few exceptions, a male is likely to be the only one, or one of only a few, in their workplace while their female counterparts greatly outnumber them, for the most part. Therefore anonymity is much harder to maintain for a bloke than it is for a woman in this field.

Now this is not usually an issue, but if someone takes exception to your actions, whether they be verbal, written or physical, than it can be relatively simple to make an educated guess as to their origins for anyone so inclined to take such measures.

Basically, I am wondering why a person's gender is notable information in an anonymous survey when names, ages and marital statuses are not revealed. Especially in a profession dominated so much by one of the genders.

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