Are Gay Men Treated Differently in “Masculinized” Industries?

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HRDR_72ppiRGB_powerpoint[We’re pleased to welcome Joshua C. Collins of the University of Arkansas. Dr. Collins recently published an article in Human Resource Development Review entitled “Characteristics of ‘Masculinized’ Industries: Gay Men as a Provocative Exception to Male Privilege and Gendered Rules.”]

Within the human resources and organizational behavior literature, male privilege is often framed as something that is garnered and experienced by all men, regardless of other personal identities or workplace culture and norms. This paper problematizes that assumption by demonstrating how certain characteristics of ‘masculinized’ industries–such as law enforcement, the military, oil and gas, and others–maintain structures that continue to impede and dictate the experiences of gay men. The purpose of this paper was to explore how gay men, in these industries, can become exceptions to male privilege and gendered rules, often being diminished or disregarded based on stereotypes related to perceived masculinity as it aligns with hegemonic industry expectations. The hope is that this study will influence future research and practice by bringing to attention the characteristics that limit gay men in these industries, as well as demonstrating how the use of a more critical conceptual approach might allow for a more nuanced view of male privilege across a variety of contexts.

You can read “Characteristics of ‘Masculinized’ Industries: Gay Men as a Provocative Exception to Male Privilege and Gendered Rules” from Human Resource Development Review for free by clicking here. Want to know about all the latest research like this from Human Resource Development Review? Click here to sign up for e-alerts!

8958_14_New_Facutly. Joshua Collins, COEHP.Joshua C. Collins, EdD, is an assistant professor in the Adult and Lifelong Learning master’s and doctoral programs at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, AR. He is currently the chair of the Critical and Social Justice Perspectives SIG (Special Interest Group) of the Academy of Human Resource Development. His research interests focus on issues related to critical adult learning and education, specificially with regard to racial, ethnic, and sexual minorities, as well as other disenfranchised groups

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