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Critique Essay Humanities Nonfiction Social Sciences Theory

Just One of the Guys? How Transmen Make Gender Visible at Work

By Kristen Schilt, 2006

This article examines the reproduction of gendered workplace inequalities through in-depth inter views with female-to-male transsexuals (FTMs). Many FTMs enter the workforce as women and then transition to become men, an experience that can provide them with an “outsider-within ” perspective on the “patriarchal dividend”?the advantages men in general gain from the subordination of women. Many of the respondents in this article find themselves, as men, receiving more authority, reward, and respect in the workplace than they received as women, even when they remain in the same jobs. The author argues that their experiences can make the underpinnings of gendered workplace disparities visible and help illuminate how structural disadvantages for women are reproduced in workplace interactions. As tall, white FTMs see more advantages than short FTMs and FTMs of color, these experiences also illustrate how men’s gender advantages at work vary with characteristics such as race/ethnicity and body structure.

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