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Research tells us of the problems women face when they cross over into male-dominated professions: discrimination, harassment, glass ceilings, exclusion from informal networks. We also know much about female-dominated professions, where pay and prestige are lower than corresponding male professions. What happens to men doing “women's” jobs? Doing “Women's Work” represents the first effort to summarize our state of knowledge about the effects of men in “women's professions,” on the men and their views of masculinity, on the occupations, and on the women with whom they work. Do men get preferential treatment in these positions? Higher salaries? Are they treated the same as their female coworkers? Through a series of statistical and demographic analyses as well as qualitative case studies of men in such professions ...

Male Strippers: Men Objectifying Men
Male strippers: Men objectifying men

Definitions of masculinity have traditionally positioned men as sexual aggressors and objectifiers, not the pursued or the sexually objectified. Whereas women have frequently been judged by their attractiveness and seductiveness (Ronai & Ellis, 1989), this has been less common for men. Men who work as strippers represent a potential challenge to this social norm. This chapter examines the processes and consequences of sexual objectification of men in homosocial settings. In particular, I examine how the role of stripping is transformed when men are the ones who are sexually objectified by other men.

This study is based on 2 years' participant observation with five male strip groups. Four of the five troupes travel extensively through the Midwest and ...

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