For this assignment I searched various jobs in google images and below are my results. I choose to search single jobs that one can find both men and women in. I assumed I would see some inequalities in the jobs I searched. I found that men are the primary one found in jobs with more power or when using tools, i.e. mechanic and engineer. In both these job searches there is a picture of a women admiring or looking over the work of the male. When I searched bartender a few images of women came up but when they did they were often depicted sexually alluring as if to say her body image is what is selling the product while the males had a wider variety of body types and styles. To me, housekeeper and janitor are very similar jobs yet when you search them in images you get extremely different depictions of them. You see no males in the images of the housekeepers, adding to the notion that a household ought to be kept up to par by women and being happy while doing so. They also show these women being of different race and ethnicity other than Caucasian. To support this finding is, “The ideal worker for many jobs is a woman, particularly a woman who, employers believe, is compliant, who will accept orders and low wages. This is often a woman of color; immigrant women are sometimes even more desirable”(Acker, 2006). The janitor results on the other hand show men with one women and is shown what looks like to be cleaning a hospital or school rather than a household. According to the article written by Acker, studies have shown that there are body types more appropriate to be shown for some jobs over others depending on sex and it is found that white people are also preferred. “Images of appropriate gendered and racialize bodies influence perceptions and hiring”, and these perceptions are often upheld with the norm for already existing job holders (Acker, 2006). As stated from the readings this week no matter how many women or different types of people are working the same job the people who will be shown on display are what you typically might find and what people prefer to find. This alone effects our perceptions of jobs and thus can affect who we deem is fit for the role and willing to hire (Acker, 2006).
Acker, Joan. “Inequality Regimes Gender, Class, and Race in Organizations.”JSTOR. Sage, Aug. 2006. Web. 26 June 2016. <http://genderandsecurity.org/projects-resources/research/inequality-regimes-gender-class-and-race-organizations>.