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28.2.03

Lots of posting today. This one also comes out of the reading for my environmental hazards class. Joni Seager is making the common feminist observation of the masculinity of corporate culture. The implication of most discussion of this point is that masculine corporate culture is the outcome of general male culture and male power. That is, the fact that most people in positions of power are men means that masculinity will exert a disproportionate impact on the formation of the institutional culture of powerful groups. The general male culture comes from somewhere else -- some would argue male biology and psychology, others would say social structure. But I wonder if the causality might not run the opposite way. Corporate culture has certain features (derived from the demands of how the institution works). These features are transferred disproportionately to men because men have the possibility of advancing to positions of power, so it behooves them to adopt this culture, and others exert socializing influences on them because of expectations about where a man's career path can or should lead him.

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