ERIC Number: EJ721852
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Nov
Reference Count: 40
Learning How to be a Woman in the Canadian Forces/Unlearning it Through Feminism: An Autoethnography of My Learning Journey
Studies in Continuing Education, v27 n3 p289-301 Nov 2005
Gender plays a significant role in the experiences of workers within organizations. This is particularly true for women in non-traditional roles as they constantly struggle with gender barriers that are so ensconced in certain organizations and in society as to be accepted without question. Using an autoethnographical account, I explore the implications of my experience as a woman in the non-traditional role of a military member. First, I will discuss the importance of speaking from a first-hand, subjective position, and will briefly explore how we learn to be men and women through socialization processes in current western society. Then I will focus on how I learned to be a military member in a male organization and will examine how women's bodies and emotions separate women from men. I conclude with a discussion of how learning about feminist theories provoked me to begin to make connections between my experience and larger societal issues that had previously been invisible to me.
Descriptors: Socialization, Females, Foreign Countries, Military Personnel, Gender Differences, Ethnography, Feminism, Theories, Psychological Patterns
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: Canada