This week we got to learn more about differences in families, work, and education that people of different genders and sexualities face. For this assignment we got to look on Google Images to see what we could find about jobs, and how our society has created stereotypes about what genders would be best for that job. I was able to find some interesting things doing these searches, and hear is what I found.
One of the first things I searched was CEO. I was not surprised when all I saw were men. Interestingly enough, you wouldn’t see a women (that wasn’t Barbie…) on this page until you scrolled down to the fifteenth row of pictures. It is sad to think that today we just tend to think that only men can be successful in running companies and that women are not fit to be authority figures.
Next, I searched dancer. Not surprisingly, most of these pictures were of women. In our society men are usually told that they cannot be dancers, singers, artists, or anything that is in the area of fine arts and creativity. This search just supports how we think that only girls should be allowed to be dancers, or any form of creative artist for that matter.
Finally, I searched for images of restaurant servers. As someone who works in the restaurant industry, I tend to see more females serving than males and wanted to see if a search would show me the same thing. And, just as I expected, the majority (eight out of the first ten pictures) were of women serving. A few even depicted the Hooters Girls we have all grown to dislike. While this search does agree with the fact that I do see more female servers in general, it is still not the best thing for women to think that all can become is someone who carries food around.
Doing this Google Image search only supported what I already knew about how our society stereotypes genders when it comes to working and jobs. In “Inequality Regimes: Gender, Class, and Race in Organizations,” Joan Acker writes “The image of the successful organization and the image of the successful leader share many of the same characteristics, such as strength, aggressiveness, and competitiveness. Some research shows that flat team structures provide professional women more equality and opportunity than hierarchical bureaucracies, but only if the women function like men’ (Acker 445). We have created ideas of what type of people should be doing certain jobs and we tend to not let people outside of those stereotypes work in these positions. It is 2016, and I think that we need to look past gender when it comes to people working different jobs and holding different positions.
Acker, J. (2006). Inequality Regimes: Gender, Class, and Race in Organizations. Gender and Society, 20, 441-464.