Gender Ambiguity in the Workplace: Transgender and Gender-Diverse Discrimination

Gender Ambiguity in the Workplace: Transgender and Gender-Diverse Discrimination

by Alison Ash Fogarty Ph.D., Lily Zheng

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Overview

A delicate exploration of the discrimination that gender-diverse people face, this book analyzes the relationship between gender identity and performance in the workplace while considering the emotional and economic survival of those who identify as transgender.

The transgender community is more visible now than ever before, but the diversity within this community has remained obscure in the workplace as organizations, corporations, and institutions struggle to keep up with the rate at which transgender communities are gaining visibility. For leaders seeking best practices related to bathroom access, workplace transition, hiring practices, inclusive workplace culture, and more, this book offers guidance and novel policy recommendations designed to ensure the success of transgender employees.

Extending the existing theoretical literature on masculinity in the workplace, gender discrimination, and gender performance, the book introduces the new concept of "doing ambiguity." It contains original research complemented by humanizing narratives from transgender people that provide insights into rarely explored non-binary, gender-fluid, and genderless experiences. In addition, it identifies factors that may preclude and minimize discrimination, including strategies pursued by transgender people at the individual level as well as policies employed at the organization level, and outlines a pragmatic set of policy recommendations for employers, community leaders, and others looking to help transgender people thrive in organizational environments.


• Discusses long-ignored nuances of transgender identity through narratives of non-binary, gender-fluid, and genderless experiences, in the context of workplace discrimination

• Extends existing theoretical literature on masculinity in the workplace, gender discrimination, and gender performance

• Identifies factors that may preclude and minimize discrimination

• Proposes a pragmatic set of policy recommendations for employers, community leaders, and others

• Provides best practices around such policy items as bathroom access, workplace transition, hiring practices, and inclusive workplace culture

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440863226
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/02/2018
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Alison Ash Fogarty, PhD, is a sociologist, sexual empowerment coach and educator, and the founder of TurnON.love. Her work has been published in the American Journal of Sociology and Gender & Society. She earned her doctorate at Stanford University.

Lily Zheng is a design researcher at Stanford University, a writer, and an activist whose work has been featured in The New York Times, Psychology Today, and Stanford Politics.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Author's Note ix

Introduction xi

Chapter 1 Transgender, Trans*, Trans 1

The History of Modern Terminology and Concepts 2

Gender: A Primer 7

The People You'll Meet in This Book 16

Chapter 2 Narratives of Trans Discrimination 19

Trans Women and Trans Femmes 20

Trans Men and Transmasculine 23

Butch Women 28

Assigned Female at Birth Nonbinary/Genderfluid 29

Assigned Male at Birth Nonbinary/Genderfluid 32

Chapter 3 The Anatomy of Discrimination 37

Discrimination's Many Faces 38

The Lucky Few 46

Filling in the Blanks 48

Chapter 4 On Men, Women, and Hegemony 51

Cisgender Status Inequality and Workplace Discrimination 51

Trans Status Inequality and Discrimination in the Workplace 54

Trans Women 60

Trans Men 68

Butch Women 75

Conclusion 83

Chapter 5 Just Pick One! 87

Beyond the Binary 88

Assigned Female at Birth Nonbinary/Genderfluid 89

Assigned Male at Birth Nonbinary/Genderfluid 99

Doing Ambiguity 108

Conclusion 111

Chapter 6 Strategies for Avoiding and Reducing Discrimination 115

Trans Women 116

Trans Men 118

Butch Women 121

Assigned Female at Birth Nonbinary/Genderfluid People 121

Assigned Male at Birth Nonbinary/Genderfluid People 123

Putting It All Together 127

Conclusion 138

Chapter 7 Moving Forward 145

The Unwilling Organization 147

Inclusion in Progress 152

Parting Words 166

Bibliography 167

Index 175

What People are Saying About This

Eli Erlick

"Gender Ambiguity provides many comprehensive narratives of transgender experience that anyone working with the trans community should read. By drawing upon the personal stories of trans people, Fogarty and Zheng are able to cleverly discuss the emergent implications of gender identity in the workplace. This book is perfect for everyone who is in business, education, or simply wants to know more about gender. The authors' creativity and dedication to the trans community makes the book a delight to read."

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