|Quoting lewis (Reply 77):|
Apartheid was very specific, as specific as segregation in the US was. You are black, you are not entitled to stay with whites and you automatically have fewer rights. As long as nobody invents a gaydar there is no way someone will pick you up from a line at the airport or walking down the street and hang you for being gay in the Middle East.
You're resisting the hypothetical, the main point of which was to blow up a simplistic "check your politics when you go to work" principle. I'll assume you reject that principle, as you wouldn't apply it to African Americans in apartheid.
Hard to tell then what your new principle is. What work is the "specifity" of discrimination doing here?
I suspect "specificity" is a stand-in for "severity." Gays do, in fact, have "fewer rights" in Iran. Companion travel - often a big perk of being a FA
in the first place - would be out of the question.
Your stance is basically:
"Oh come on, keep in your pants, don't be too swishy and you'll be fine. What's the big deal?"
...and I don't think that's a principled stance. It's an intuitive judgment that allows you to tell other people what they should put up with in a work environment.
The "gaydar" remark is a total red herring.
You can't be arrested, typically, simply for being gay anyway.
The only relevant question by my morals is whether an employee would feel threatened and demeaned, and/or would have to take uncomfortable steps to ameliorate these conditions.
For example: cell phones and computers can always be searched at ports of entry. Does a gay employee have to ask his/her partner not to send messages during the stay; do they erase these messages?
Another example: does a gay employee have to monitor what kinds of movies and books he/she brings along on the trip?
If you don't agree with a principle that protects employees from these kinds of unchosen impositions then our disagreement is so deep that this forum isn't the one on which to resolve it.
And again - I'd expect that most gay people, most gay FA
's, would choose to fly to Iran. I would. Still not my choice or yours.