Bald men wanted: Employment discrimination?

Strange jobs are probably common, but I had to laugh and wonder about job discrimination the other day when I came across an odd job description for the regular, everyday job of copy writer. The ad on Craigslist seemed straightforward enough, but the more I thought about it, the more it seemed like a bit of discrimination.

A part-time, experienced channel editor/copywriter is needed for a social networking web site in San Francisco that focuses on hair loss lifestyle. Editors are needed in various categories, again, as they pertain to hair loss lifestyle. The categories include: Entertainment, travel, news and fashion (hats?).

Here's the part that caught my eye: "Preference given to those who live a hair loss lifestyle." So a bald writer will get preference over me, a man with a full head of hair? Is that fair? I understand that the company wants to hire someone who can best get their message across and knows what they're talking about, and as someone with a Don King type of hairdo if I let it grow for two months, I laughed out loud at the euphemism for being bald. But is putting that request in a job announcement akin to asking for writers who are white, female and have long, brunette hair?

There's nothing to be ashamed of by being bald. Bald R named "Joe the Plumber" as its bald man of the year for 2008. Congratulations, Joe. And I don't mean to infer that only men are bald. According to, more than 40% of all hair loss sufferers are women.

Another interesting detail in the ad for the social networking site for bald people: The job description doesn't reveal much as far as salary goes. Many job listings don't, and I can attest in my three-plus months of looking for work after being laid off, that DOE, or depending on experience, is listed in almost every job listing. But the bald job is a little unique in its lack of salary information and how much it pushes other ways of getting paid: "Compensation includes high profile promotion of your bio, your company or personal website, your photo and business and more." And what if I don't sell hair tonic, then what?

Aaron Crowe is an unemployed journalist in the San Francisco Bay Area. Read his blog about his job hunt at

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