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Just One of the Guys?: Transgender Men and the Persistence of Gender Inequality

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The fact that men and women continue to receive unequal treatment at work is a point of contention among politicians, the media, and scholars. Common explanations for this disparity range from biological differences between the sexes to the conscious and unconscious biases that guide hiring and promotion decisions. Just One of the Guys? sheds new light on this phenomenon

Paperback, 232 pages
Published February 15th 2011 by University Of Chicago Press (first published December 1st 2010)
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Jan 29, 2015 William rated it it was amazing
Simply fascinating. It really challenged me to rethink the very constructs of gender and and reflect on how ingrained the very paradigm of gender shapes our daily lives. Also provided concrete real-life examples of gender discrimination, both implicit and explicit and clearly shows why feminism is needed (contrary to what some people suggest).

*FYI, feminism = the advocacy of women's rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men.
Dec 29, 2015 Danny rated it it was amazing
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Impeccably researched and cogently written, Kristen Schilt’s Just One of the Guys? is a must read for anyone interested in transgender, especially transmen, issues and/or persistent gender inequality in the workplace. The book opens with a concise history of the transgender community in America, from the gender clinic era of 1960s-1980s to the rise of transgender activism in the 1990s and finally to the era of gender variance and political rights of the 2000s. Theoretically, transmen should accr ...more
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Feb 23, 2015 Libia Marqueza rated it really liked it
Kristen Schilt uses the unique work experiences of transmen to understand the gender wage gap in the United States. She spends time discussing the benefits men have in the workplace, ranging from inherent authority to more respect and recognition. This book sheds a new light on the glass ceiling females experience and the glass escalator males tend to ride in occupational settings, simply for being male. An easy and informative read, I highly recommend this book to anyone who is remotely interes ...more
Apr 13, 2015 Bryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very unique and informative book. Who better to identify gender inequality than transmen, who have experienced the workplace both as women (first) and later as men. In some of the stories related in this book the sexual discrimination can be very blatant.

In addition to identifying sexual discrimination against females in the workplace, this book also does a good job of show how transmen often have an easier time of transitioning than transwomen. It also shows the difficulty transmen can have wit
Jul 10, 2011 Oliver rated it it was amazing
Super excited about this book. Halfway through the introduction and it is awesome so far. Ties in with my work on transgender economics.

Finished it and it was really great! I have to admit, it was scary reading about the male privilege that many trans men accept without question. I hope I can be strong enough to stand up to gender inequality in the workforce.

I recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in trans issues or income inequality.
Oct 24, 2012 Devin rated it it was ok
This book was alright, it really didn't read like a regular non-fiction book though--more like the author's thesis that was published, academic and dry. At times it was hard to read, but informative if you could get past the long sentences full of gender studies jargon. At best, good reading for someone whose college major is Gender & Women's Studies, but not so much if you're not fully immersed in the terms and syntax of the field.
Jun 14, 2015 Erica rated it liked it
Useful reading both for an understanding of the transgender experience in the workplace and as a study of the specific challenges cis and transgender women face via the perspectives of transgender men.
Mar 04, 2011 Aaron rated it really liked it
The explanation in the introduction, for the terminology used in the book, alone justifies reading it.
This would be a fantastic introduction to the transmale community for journalists, educators and other people who have peripheral contact with the LGBT community.
Apr 12, 2016 Robyn added it
Interesting research and fascinating read. Makes you wonder, why don't we all become men? We'd certainly get treated better. Also interesting insight into the very different workplace experiences of transmen as opposed to transwomen.
Mar 22, 2015 Janine rated it liked it
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It was about what I expected- someone's dissertation work adapted slightly for book form. That's not necessarily a bad thing, and wasn't in this case. The writing was solid and accessible, but not dumbed-down. This wasn't an earth-shattering, paradigm-shifting book, but I enjoyed it.
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“Negotiating these expectations as female-socialized men, transmen can develop a gender "double consciousness" (Du Bois 1903).3 They simultaneously inhabit social space as men and maintain, to varying degrees, an internal repertoire of female-socialized interactional strategies. This double consciousness can generate culture shock as they struggle to synthesize two identities-a female history and a male social identity-that natural differences schemas position as opposing. To gain gender competency, transmen study the idealized qualities that make up a hegemonic understanding of masculinity. As” 0 likes
“Having worked on both sides of the gender binary, transmen have a unique body of experiences to compare and contrast, which can give them an "outsider-within" (Collins 1986) perspective on gendered workplace practices.” 0 likes
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