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A Rather Queer Interview Technique, Part 2

, , | Right | September 23, 2020

My job involves addressing people on the street and inviting them to try out food products. I’m talking to a woman who would like to try one such product, which has a few extra selection criteria, including income.

Me: “Are you the primary income-earner in your household?”

Woman: “No.”

Me: “All right, then what is your partner’s highest completed education?”

Woman: “A trade school.”

Me: “Okay, and what is his or her current job?”

Woman: “Do I look like a lesbian?!”

Me: “I beg your pardon?”

Woman: “Why did you say, ‘his or her’? I’m married to a man!”

Me: “Well, ma’am, I didn’t know that when I asked the question, and I didn’t want to presume.”

Woman: “I’m not a lesbian.”

Me: “Noted. Now then, what is your husband’s job?”

Woman: “Do a lot of gay people participate?”

Me: “I don’t ask respondents about their sexual orientation, so I can’t give you an exact number. But yes, gay people do participate sometimes.”

Woman: “Oh. Then I think I’ll just move along. I mean, I don’t mind if people are lesbians, but I’m not one.”

She walks away. A bit further down the street, a female coworker approaches her.

Coworker: “Good afternoon, ma’am. Would you like to participate—”


A Rather Queer Interview Technique