Kauppinen-Toropainen, Kaisa & Lammi, Johanna
Title:Men in Female Dominated Occupations. A Cross-Cultural Comparison
Category:Other Publications
Published in:Williams, Christine (ed.): Doing "Women's Work". Men in Nontraditional Occuptions
Place:Newbury Park USA
Type:Published works
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      The article compares Nordic men's experiences in working in nontraditional occupations with some mentioning of other Western societies, such as USA and UK. In most Western societies, Finland included, the gender division in labour markets is significant; most of the men work in workplaces where the majority comprises of men and vice versa for women. However, women have started to work more on male-dominated workplaces than men in female- dominated. Men in female-dominated professions tend to benefit more of the situation than women in male-dominated ones. They also tend to get better salaries in female nontraditional occupations, as they often occupy the leading positions. Men might also experience envy at work because of their gender. For example, in the kindergarten they might be more valued as father figures. Men also more often are encouraged to take part in trade union activities. In nontraditional professions men might specialise in work tasks which support
      their masculine identity. According to studies, men have less intimate friendships at work than women, even though they had contacts with both genders. Men might want to isolate themselves in order to maintain the collegiality. Men also enjoy more their work and get more satisfaction from it, and this is partly due to the support they get in nontraditional professions. Having only a few men in female occupations might reproduce the idea that male gender is something more valued.
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