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Masculinity at WorkEmployment Discrimination through a Different Lens$
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Ann C. McGinley

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780814796139

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814796139.001.0001

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The Future of Masculinities

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Masculinity at Work

Ann C. McGinley

NYU Press

This chapter explains that the book combines masculinities research with feminist legal theory, critical race theory, and intersectionality and multidimensionality theories to enhance understanding of multidimensional masculinities theory and its relevance to workplace law. It observes that the book applies multidimensional masculinities theory to employment discrimination law of Title VII, and posits two essential concepts: 1) employment discrimination law should provide broad remedies to those experiencing discrimination based on protected characteristics; and 2) judges’ and juries’ reliance on common sense to evaluate behavior and decisions in the workplace is problematic because it allows implicit biases to distort decision makers’ perceptions, and may lead to inaccurate decision making. The chapter also argues that even in the absence of judicial use of masculinities research, employers should become familiar with masculinities research and work to eliminate masculine structures and performances from their workplaces.

Keywords:   common sense, critical race theory, feminist legal theory, implicit biases, intersectionality, multidimensionality, performances, remedies, structures, Title VII

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