Dana Britton Gender Analysis

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The thesis the author Dana Britton poses in the article is to determine whether "organizational policy, practice, and slot of hierarchy is "Gendered""(Britton,p. 419). the main goal is to determine if gender plays a major role in work and social relations. The author supports her arguments by using examples from others works on the same topic to support her theory. Britton addresses three different aspects as to how gender plays a role in the workforce. First, by ideal- typical bureaucratic organization is inherently gendered. This states that people view gender as a factor in determining roles in the workplace. Britton later states that based off her example from Ferguson’s “organizations in which hierarchy is abolished”(Britton,p.422). …show more content…

Saying that one workplace might have more females than males or vice versa is a gendered typed field. For example, if you ever go into a public library majority of the employees are dominated by females than the male population. This could be because people see working for the library as a secretary type work and not masculine enough. As stated in the article, women in prison use to be guarded mostly by men until they deemed that women would be able to better help the prisoners (Britton, p.425) However, the women assigned to prisons found them to be less strict than the men’s.
The Final statement analysed was that "organizations are gendered in that they are symbolically and ideologically described and conceived in terms of a discourse that draws on hegemonically defined masculinities" (Britton,p.420). This statement says that in order to succeed, you must have masculine traits, like assertiveness, independence, competitiveness, and thick-skinned personalities. Bosses do not want to have feminine traits that they might associate as weak, gentleness, and dependent on others for power positions in the

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