Description of the Project
The topic of my project was the inequality within genders in working environments as well as in the home. The meaning of my object is to provide a visual on what it looks like to have inquality in the workplace and the things that make women “not good enough.”
List of Ideas
1 . Blaming the Victim: This occurs whenever a minority/oppressed group is held responsible for their oppression—this practice takes the place of holding the majority groups and oppressive social institutions accountable for the oppression of minorities.
- Spiral of Silence (Hoynes and Croteau 2013:441)
- Power Elite: “Those corporate owners who have the interest and ability to take part in general governance join the top-level executives in the corporate community and the policy-formation network to form the power elite, which is the leadership group for the corporate rich as a whole.” (Domhoff 2010:371)
- Domination: “the power to set the terms under which other groups and classes must operate, not total control.” (Domhoff 2010:374)
- Ideology: “the complex set of rationales and rationalizations through which a group, class, or nation interprets the world and justifies its actions within it. An ideology usually is fervently believed by those who espouse it.” (Domhoff 2010:377)
- Doing Gender: When we interact with other people, we are encouraged and, to some extent (eventually), feel compelled to ‘act like a man’ or ‘act like a woman.’ Behaving according to these ideals or failing to live up to them (depending on whether we are seen as male-bodied or female-bodied persons) is the “doing” of gender. To put it differently, “Gender…is the activity of managing situated conduct in light of normative conceptions of attitudes and activities appropriate for one’s sex category.” For men, for example, doing gender means “to have sex with women,” “to dominate women and other men,” “to be strong(er than women and other men),” etc. For a woman, doing gender means “to have sex with men,” “to mother children,” “to be a wife to a man,” “to do (most of the) domestic labor,” etc. (West and Zimmerman 2004:151) & (Hoynes and Croteau 2013:313)
- Sexual Harassment: “unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature.” (Hoynes and Croteau 2013:313) This can involve both intentional, such as when a boss threatens a subordinate with punitive measures if they don’t provide them with sexual favors, and unintentional behavior, such as when a co-worker tells a ‘funny’ joke to another co-worker. (Hoynes and Croteau 2013:300-301)
- Power makes culture
How did you make it?
I wanted to find a way to properly depict what it meant and looked like to be a women trying to climb the ladder in a man’s working world. In the picture you can see that there are three women that are seen equal less in value than one man because of reasons that do not even apply to their ability to work.
Advice to Others
I was nervous and racking my brain for the final project but when I decided to do gender as my topic it showed a fire in myself that I never knew I had. I’m still researching gender inequality after this class and keeping up with news alerts and such!!