Transgender Women’s Experiences of Gender Inequality at Work
New on my blog: Sociologists use the idea of “doing gender” to show the effort that people put into their own gender identity as well as policing the gender performance of others. The way that we “do” gender leads to inequality because people are expected to conform to society’s narrow ideas of what it means to be a “man” or a “woman.” This type of gender policing is especially difficult for transgender women, who are undermined at work – sometimes literally shouted into a place of submission and kept from succeeding, especially transgender women of colour.
Sociologists argue that because gender inequality is learned (through socialisation), it can also be unlearned. There’s been increasing focus on transgender people being a model for “undoing” gender. The idea is that transgender people may provide unique insight on how to overcome inequality, having experienced life as different genders. I show why this is a problematic assumption, through an analysis of the gender policing that transgender women are subjected to in the workforce. I bring attention to institutional problems that individuals face. I also look at gaps in mainstream feminism, which largely fails to address transgender issues in a meaningful way.
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