human-resources-gender-identity

Marc loved documents about documents. This cartoon is a send-up of the absurd ways that official systems attempt to represent human complexity.  Once a fixed category, gender is now considered fluid. So what is a dutiful record-keeper to do but verify with each person his/her/their preferred designation?

It is unclear whether the Human Resources clerk in the comic is serving, respecting or policing the individual employee. Such ambiguity is part of what intrigued Marc about institutional procedures that shape personal identity: through an act of gender declaration, power can move from the collective to the individual or vice-versa.