There is a photograph on the home page of the Kwantlen Polytechnic University Website that I initially found amusing but after thinking about it for a while, I have decided that I actually find it offensive.
It is a photograph of a row of shoes. Three pairs are black, one pair is brown, one pair is white. Three are kind of dressy, two are kind of casual. Two are flats, three have heels. Four have a strap across the instep, one doesn’t. All five pairs of shoes would be appropriate for an entry level position in an office environment (my opinion only, I am sure you could wear them other places too….) The shoes are not the problem. The problem is the caption at the top of the photograph:
Kwantlen Polytechnic University Home Page link
Photograph and caption are being used here for educational purposes only. Fair use.
Where are the university watchdogs? The ones who sing at the top of their lungs if you accidentally put a “he” or a “she” into a piece of writing? Where are the people from the student groups who managed to get two gender-free washrooms at the Surrey campus? Well? Where are they? Or, is going after an approved photograph on the home page of the university website just a little too, ummmm…. up front and political?
Okay, link time. I am not too certain where my article links might take me after this little rant but, I do know that they will probably be interesting. If you know of any articles or papers that would fit in here, please post a link in the comments section.
Is there gender bias in university advertising? This article is not specific to university advertising but it is interesting and does provide an active mind with lots of relevant questions….
Article: Gender Issues in Advertising – An Oversight Synthesis of Research: 1970-2002. link
Author: Lori D. Wolin, Lynn University. Publications Link
Published in: Journal of Advertising Research [link]. March 2003
My copy was downloaded in December, 2014. I found using Google Scholar.
Does education that is traditionally gender-biased (nursing / trades) put a person at risk of being an outsider? Having been through trades training and attained journeyman status (red seal tickets), I have to say that it does. The following article, viewed from behind my background in the trades, is particularly interesting.
Article: Fear Extinction to an Out-Group Face. link
- Carlos David Navarrete, Michigan State University. Publications Link
- Andreas Olsson, Columbia University. Publications Link
- Arnold K. Ho, Harvard University. Publications Link
- Wendy Berry Mendes, Harvard University. Publications Link
- Lotte Thomsen, Harvard University. Publications Link
- James Sidanius, Harvard University. Publications Link
My copy was downloaded in December, 2014 and I found it using Google.
Maybe feminine looking legs just have less risky preferences or is there a possibility that there is a lack of knowledge as to what the risks actually are?
Grey Paper: Gender Differences in Preferences. link
- Rachel Croson, Harvard University. Publications List
- Uri Gneezy, Harvard University. Publications List
Published by: Harvard University
My copy was downloaded in December, 2014. I found it here: http://www.hks.harvard.edu/content/download/70408/1254442/version/1/file/rachelcrosonandurigneez.pdf
The recruiters are out there, at the universities, looking for future banking, civil service, retail employees. What about the other choices? Is anyone actually doing any recruiting for the people that actually fit into the non-traditional roles? They used to!
Article: Girls. link
Published in: Fords and Raritan Township Beacon (Link)
Published on: Friday, April 28, 1948
My copy was downloaded in December, 2014. I found it using Google.
…and maybe, it just comes down to what we want and expect from our career choices.
Article: A New Frontier for Title IX: Science. link
Author: John Tierney. Publications
Published in: The New York Times
Published on: July 15, 2008
My copy was downloaded in December, 2014.
After reading the above, I need to read this. I have it on hold at my local university library!
Book: The Sexual Paradox: Men, Women and the Real Gender Gap (Link)
Author: Susan Pinker. Books
Published by: Simon & Schuster, New York.
Published in: 2009
Not every question I ask gets answered. In fact, most of my questions do not have answers or at least, they don’t have easy answers…. This stroll through academia is just that, a stroll. For me, I ended up with more questions than I started with. This is not a bad thing. What are some of the questions you have?
If any of these links do not work, please contact me and I will try to help you find the article, paper or book that you are looking for.
If you find any broken links on this blog, please leave a comment or send me a note so that it can be repaired. Thank you….