The Gendered Workplace
1. How did male nurses and female nurses in Evans’ study differ in their use of touch in their work?
Answer: Female nurses were more willing to touch patients; male nurses were concerned that their touching might be interpreted as inappropriately sexual. (p. 285)
2. Why did the male nurses studied by Evans use humour as a caring tactic with male patients?
Answer: Using humour helped male patients relax and made them more comfortable around male nurses, treating them as “buddies.” (p. 285)
3. Why did male nurses express a preference for wearing uniforms to work?
Answer: Uniforms signified their adherence to the broad standards and expectations of the nursing profession. (p. 289)
4. Is hegemonic masculinity the only form of masculinity in a particular place at a particular time?
Answer: No; hegemonic masculinity coexists with other forms of subordinated or less valued masculinity, as well as femininity. (p. 292)
5. Did the firefighters in Pacholok’s study embrace the idea that the narrative of heroism put forward in the media?
Answer: No; they claimed that they were only doing their jobs and were not doing anything extraordinary. (p. 296)
6. In Lee’s study, why did Larissa believe she was only a token in the workforce?
Answer: Larissa did not think her ideas or contributions were valued by her employers. Instead, she was hired simply to obtain government funding. (p. 305)
7. How did the employers of the women in Lee’s study react to requests for accommodation in the workplace?
Answer: Employers did not generally accept these requests. (p. 307)
8. In Lee’s study, why did Margaret refer to the money she received for her work as an “honorarium” rather than a salary?
Answer: Margaret regarded it as an “honorarium” because it was less than a salary would have been, and because she could not accept a true salary without compromising her eligibility for disability support payments. (p. 308)
9. What is the key element in the racialization of live-in domestic work, according to Stiell and England?
Answer: The key element is that workers’ worth is judged by their country of origin: workers from Europe are accorded more prestige and status than “third world” workers. (p. 315)
10. Why do Stiell and England regard “personalism” in live-in domestic work as primarily to the advantage of the employer?
Answer: The employer can treat their employees as confidants or emotional support without risking dismissal or rejection, but the employees cannot treat their employers in the same fashion. (p. 320)
Multiple Choice Questions for Part VIII
Instructions: For each question, click on the radio button beside your answer. When you have completed the entire quiz, click the “Submit my answers” button at the bottom of the page to receive your results.