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Just One of the Guys?: Transgender Men and the Persistence of Gender Inequality

Just One of the Guys?: Transgender Men and the Persistence of Gender Inequality

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Just One of the Guys?: Transgender Men and the Persistence of Gender Inequality

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212 página
Publicado:
Jan 15, 2011
ISBN:
9780226738086
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The fact that men and women continue to receive unequal treatment at work is a point of contention among politicians, the media, and scholars. Common explanations for this disparity range from biological differences between the sexes to the conscious and unconscious biases that guide hiring and promotion decisions. Just One of the Guys? sheds new light on this phenomenon by analyzing the unique experiences of transgender men—people designated female at birth whose gender identity is male—on the job.

Kristen Schilt draws on in-depth interviews and observational data to show that while individual transmen have varied experiences, overall their stories are a testament to systemic gender inequality. The reactions of coworkers and employers to transmen, Schilt demonstrates, reveal the ways assumptions about innate differences between men and women serve as justification for discrimination. She finds that some transmen gain acceptance—and even privileges—by becoming “just one of the guys,” that some are coerced into working as women or marginalized for being openly transgender, and that other forms of appearance-based discrimination also influence their opportunities. Showcasing the voices of a frequently overlooked group, Just One of the Guys? lays bare the social processes that foster forms of inequality that affect us all.

Publicado:
Jan 15, 2011
ISBN:
9780226738086
Formato:
Libro

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  • (4/5)
    Very unique and informative book. Who better to identify gender inequality than transmen, who have experienced the workplace both as women (first) and later as men. In some of the stories related in this book the sexual discrimination can be very blatant.

    In addition to identifying sexual discrimination against females in the workplace, this book also does a good job of show how transmen often have an easier time of transitioning than transwomen. It also shows the difficulty transmen can have with gay men, who are often not very supportive of transition.