Three female scholars apply for a professorship, which is, among other things, focused on gender studies, although the job posting suggests that the professorship is tailored to a specific male applicant. The three women are called for an interview and a trial lecture. The lectures, which should be public as is customary, are nowhere found to be announced. During the presentation of the male applicant, who already works at this university, many colleagues are present. The appointment committee, especially its chairman at whose institute the professorship would be located, asks several favorable questions. After the male applicant’s interview and lecture, only the appointment committee listens to the presentations of the other candidates. One committee member even leaves the room without sending a replacement. Little to no follow-up questions are asked. By the common standards for professorships, the three women are clearly more qualified than the male applicant. All of the women finished their PhDs earlier, have more international and peer-reviewed publications, and have been more successful in acquiring external research funding. The male applicant, on the other hand, has few professional credentials in the area of gender studies.
Nevertheless, the male applicant is hired for the professorship, which is, among other things, focused on gender studies.