Gender, Gender And Sexuality

1748 Words Oct 17th, 2016 7 Pages
It has been discussed in the class lectures that Women and Gender Studies challenge the idea of whose knowledge is privileged or valued. The article “Doing Gender, Doing Class” serves as a great example to ask that question in regards to the expression of gender and sexuality, and how those two are heavily influenced by the social class construct. Trautner argues that “gender in organizations interacts with other major features of stratification - such as class and race - to construct unique organizational cultures that project distinctive images of gender and sexuality that are fitted to their particular organizational settings.” (Trautner, 2005). As Bettie (2000, 15 in Trautner p. 773) argued, women perform “different versions of femininity that [are] integrally linked and inseparable from their class and race performances”.
Trautner utilizes intersectionality as a framework to explore how female gender identities are constructed by sociocultural power and privilege. Through her field research she reveals the dynamics at intrapersonal, interpersonal and organizational levels, and individuals’ salience to their gender, and dominant organizational identities. The author explores those identities within the framework of “organizational culture” that refers to the shared understanding of a work environment as well as informal and symbolic interpersonal norms such as those that promote or prohibit particular sexual interactions and sexual behaviors (Delinger and Williams 2002…
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