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How are men within organisations constrained by masculine stereotypes?

How are men within organisations constrained by masculine stereotypes? Use examples of a specific organisation (not the name) in explaining your answer.

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Here's an interesting one. If large missionary organizations like World Vision, Campus Crusade for Christ and Billy Graham Crusades, etc, can qualify as corporations, men are constrained (i.e., limited, bound, restricted, held back) by stereotypes that require dominant control of their families. This dominance extends to work in that women in equal positions are not expected to have equal say. If it is perceived that a man does not have this domestic dominance, or does not exercise the attitude of "last say" dominance at work, his career may be not advance, and it is possible, if the breach from the stereotype is perceived as great enough, a man may even lose his position altogether.  

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Stereotypes are powerful, because it gives pressure on people to act in a certain way. In the case of men, depending on where you are, there are certain characteristics that they should possess. If they do not possess them, then they would be seen a socially unacceptable. In terms of organizations, a man who goes against the stereotypes would seen as odd, at best. Moreover, men would have harder time breaking into certain areas that are dominated by women, such as child rearing jobs, early education, and nursing. 

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Men are generally expected to be free of any "emotional" issues that might affect work performance. As a male, I know my perception might very well be skewed, but it seems that I see women's feelings taken into account to a greater degree when supervisors give feedback or outright criticism of work performance. I've witnessed this in the educatonal and human resources fields.

With that being said, I didn't think it was a very big deal, nor did I think it had a major impact on a male's ability to do his job or advance within the organization.

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While I have no experience in the business world, it is my understanding that, in years past, it would have been unthinkable for a male employee to request time off to attend to a sick child or parent. There apparently is some change occurring in this regard, but I wonder if there are still employers who frown on a male taking leave too often for family reasons.

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I've worked with a coach before at a school that was very upset that he wasn't fitting in because he didn't drink, tell dirty jokes, or swear- masculine stereotypes associated with coaching.  He was very concerned that if he didn't conform he wouldn't be able to advance his career or fit in with the other coaches.

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Masculine stereotypes control the behavior of men in organizations. Those of higher positions may not fraternize with those on lower levels. Senior personnel are expected to dress accordingly, be in control of one's emotions—though showing temper is not necessarily frowned upon, in general (I believe). Men will joke with other men at their level, but not with junior employees, and perhaps women as well. Men are expected to be strong leaders, and never show a soft side. 

These are, of course, generalizations. There are many companies that consider these behaviors somewhat archaic. Fridays are dress-down days. Holidays find office members celebrating on equal footing, and kindness to one's employees is seen as a desireable and commendable attitude. This promotes a more positive work environment, and motivates people to work together and help each other.

The stereotypes keep people compartmentalized, guaranteeing that "classes" do not intermingle...much the same way the aristocracy in Europe at one time would not mingle with peasants or the emerging middle-class, post Middle Ages. These stereotypes provide a strong sense of leadership, where actions are not likely questioned. Stereotypes constrain: while leadership is important and setting examples is important, a lack of interaction between all levels of personnel can promote jealousy, competition and distrust.

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Men in organizations are constrained by masculine stereotypes because they have to act the way that men are supposed to act.  A man who acts in an overly "feminine" way will be seen as an oddball.  Most organizations do not value oddballs.  Therefore, men (and women) are pressured to act according to societal stereotypes.

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How are men within organisations constrained by masculine stereotypes?How are men within organisations constrained by masculine stereotypes? Use examples of a specific organisation (not the name) in explaining your answer.

If I understand your question correctly, you are asking about ways in which men who are already employed by a business corporation are presently constrained (i.e., restricted, bound, held back, confined) by male stereotypes in specific (though unnamed) corporations. I can speak about this in two corporations in the securities industry.

Men are constrained by male stereotypes in corporations in this industry in that if they do not objectify women who work in the industry with them (from transaction clerks to assistants to female brokers to female agents), they are not afforded the respect and reputation other men attain. Men are also constrained by stereotype if they don't aggressively and single-mindedly, to the exclusion of courtesy and civility, pursue their objective of selling securities and building a massive client base. Without single-mindedness and drive, they are considered of inferior character and worthiness.

Aggressiveness is a key and highly valued trait in the securities industry. Men who don't model this trait in all facets--transactions, client associations, personal conversation, deportment, automobile choices, etc--are not given the credence others are. As a result, men may feel out of place, inadequate, unhappy (even if their job performance is high), and ostracized. Some can withstand and make top careers for themselves, gaining the private office with the window (where they have some protection from the opinions of others), yet many more let their discomfort and unhappiness with the environment steer them into other careers, even if that means getting more schooling.  

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How are men within organisations constrained by masculine stereotypes?How are men within organisations constrained by masculine stereotypes? Use examples of a specific organisation (not the name) in explaining your answer.

In some ways, men have a harder time breaking into certain profession because of stereotypes. One such field is nursing. Even many men, who would make great nurses sometimes do not go into the field because of stereotypes. They feel that to care for people is more a feminine role. Society reinforces this as well.  

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How are men within organisations constrained by masculine stereotypes?How are men within organisations constrained by masculine stereotypes? Use examples of a specific organisation (not the name) in explaining your answer.

To this day, there is a much smaller percentage of women in management and ownership positions in major corporations and companies.  The age-old stereotype of men in these positions (not to mention in government, which is overwhelmingly white and male) is very stubborn in the United States.  While women have made great strides in the past few decades, there is a long way to go towards social and employment equity.

The converse is also true.  You find many fewer male nurses and receptionists, as well as far fewer stay at home dads.  These numbers have grown steadily since the 1960s, but at an incremental pace.

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How are men within organisations constrained by masculine stereotypes?How are men within organisations constrained by masculine stereotypes? Use examples of a specific organisation (not the name) in explaining your answer.

I once worked at a private school for executive-class families in a conservative, small urban area.  There was a first year teacher there who was the only male.  Many of the parents went to him with concerns and suggestions about the school, assuming that he would be the principal soon.  After all, there was a woman principal and he was the only male teacher, so he was more qualified, wasn't he?  Never mind the fact that he was a first year intern teacher.  He had not finished his degree or his teaching credential.  He had the one qualification that these people cared about: he was a man.

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How are men within organisations constrained by masculine stereotypes?How are men within organisations constrained by masculine stereotypes? Use examples of a specific organisation (not the name) in explaining your answer.

In the United States at this moment, we are observing some negative ramifications of organizations like the Secret Service being almost exclusively male. Agents apparently made some very poor choices of activities while they were out of the country; is this because of stereotypical male hormones running wild?

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How are men within organisations constrained by masculine stereotypes?How are men within organisations constrained by masculine stereotypes? Use examples of a specific organisation (not the name) in explaining your answer.

I hope that I understand your question correctly.

In the military (which was once completely made up of males), the soldier who has most proven his bravery and leadership capabilities is promoted, given a special uniform, as well as insignia and medals, pins, etc., to commemorate the valiant behavior and respect afforded to that person.

Those who are of lower rank, without the same education, experience, skills, and recognition have very different uniforms—more basic ("working" attire), generally with less decorations, etc.

Those of higher rank are always afforded respect by salute and verbal recognition (as well as standing when one enters the room), etc., from those of lower rank.

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How are men within organisations constrained by masculine stereotypes?How are men within organisations constrained by masculine stereotypes? Use examples of a specific organisation (not the name) in explaining your answer.

In public education, teachers in lower grades are typically thought of as female. Many people who may be wonderful elementary-age teachers may be more reluctant to do so because of this stereotype. While I believe it is fading somewhat, and there is certainly no policy supporting it anywhere that I know of, it is still very present- I believe there is one male classroom teacher at my son's elementary school. 

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