Would You Refuse To Live With Someone Because Of Their Star Sign?
One renter's post on social media has thrown up some interesting points about living with different signs -- and whether it's discrimination to choose not to.
Could you -- or would you -- live with a Capricorn?
Does the thought of living with a Virgo fill you with terror? How about an Aries?
Seems some people take it VERRRRRY seriously. So seriously in fact that one person posted about what they saw as discrimination against them and their star sign on Twitter.
"Our main goal is to keep things egalitarian, without anyone being ‘in charge’ or domming the household," the original post on Facebook said. With Capricorns known for being managers, 'know-it-alls' and condescending as well as persistent, touchy and practical, it seems the existing housemate didn't want a bar of her. "I love Capricorns, but I don't think I could live with one," they said.
The poster concluded it was "ableist" and "discriminatory".
So is it simply a preference, or in fact illegal discrimination?
While the jury is out in the US -- in fact in California there could be a case for discrimination -- in Australia, according to the Attorney General's department, it is unlawful to discriminate on the basis of a number of protected attributes including age, disability, race, sex, intersex status, gender identity and sexual orientation in certain areas of public life, including education and employment – none of which addresses zodiac signs explicitly.
Under California's Unruh Civil Rights Act, though, which prohibits "all arbitrary and intentional discrimination by a business establishment", denying someone a place to live because they are a Capricorn would be illegal, said Caroline Peattie, the executive director at Fair Housing Advocates of Northern California, who then added "This is not a legitimate basis for turning someone down," she said. "It has nothing to do with their ability to pay rent or be a good tenant."
"We're all born under the same sky, and our charts are populated by the same planets," Banu Guler, the chief executive officer of astrology app Co–Star, said. "Astrology is a tool to help people find their way in the world, not to prevent others from participating in it."
But we are all pretty big on choosing who we spend time with. Dating site Bumble lets you filter out star signs you don't want to date, for instance.
And it seems everyone has an opinion, though, whether Guler (and the original Capricorn herself) likes it or not.
And of course, it brought up many a rental story in the 10 daily offices. So could we live with a star sign we didn't like?
"I had a flatmate who asked me my sign and then kinda went "ohhhhhhhh" and that's kind of where any possibility of a friendship while living together ended," said one 10 daily staffer.
"Capricorns are not self-aware and my flatmate is very rude," said another.
"I wouldn't move in with anyone again."
"I lived with a Virgo and her alphabetising of the spice rack nearly killed me," said another.
So maybe not, then.
If it is discrimination, it's not the first time that star signs have been targetted. A Chinese company was called out in 2011 for an ad that asked for "qualified applicants — as long as they're not Scorpios or Virgos," while in Austria in 2009 an insurance company advertised like this: "We are looking for people over 20 for part-time jobs in sales and management with the following star signs: Capricorn, Taurus, Aquarius, Aries and Leo."
And that isn't all. A 2017 study in China found that 4.3 percent of college students surveyed reported suffering employment-based discrimination because of their astrological sign (Western and/or Chinese).
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