Organizational Discourse and Sexuality in Male-Dominated Organizational Settings

Authored by: Clifton Scott , Aly Stetyick , Jaime Bochantin

The Routledge Handbook of Gender and Communication

Print publication date:  November  2020
Online publication date:  November  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138329188
eBook ISBN: 9780429448317
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The idea that most organizations and organizational communication processes reflect and sustain hegemonic masculinity has been well demonstrated in scholarship for decades, but the role of sexuality in male- dominated organizations has received far less attention, a trend that runs the risk of reifying hegemonic norms and practices that continue to mark 21st-century organizational life. In this chapter, we begin by briefly defining the relatively fluid conceptual boundaries between gender, sex, and sexuality before summarizing empirical research on sexuality in male-dominated organizational settings, highlighting the significance and impact of male sexuality on communication structures, external stakeholder groups, the individuals organizations employ, and the occupational norms members reproduce and occasionally transform through their communication. We conclude by presenting several promising directions for future research that, if carried out, are likely to enhance, contradict, or transcend the assumptions and frameworks that currently mark this interdisciplinary literature.

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