WGS200_UnitOnePaperAssignment.docx

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Jacob Barefoot Dr. Simons-Rudolph Unit One Assignment Paper September 20, 2016 Gender Reinforcement Served with a Side of Discrimination While gender, sex, and sexual orientation is the ‘new’ hot topic of today’s society; the ramifications of individuals whose identities are not equivalent to the social norms have been around for ages. Tolerance has been popularized very recently by the media. It could even be argued that the media’s attention to things such as sexual orientation, for example, brought about the eventual legalization of same-sex marriage in America just last year, or the widely unpopular HB2 bill that keeps transgender individuals from using their gender appropriate restrooms. While these monumental changes in culture are noteworthy, is there change on the everyday microscale? Has the mass populace become aware enough of their surroundings, the grey in their black and white viewpoint, to recognize the minute gender roles that affect their daily behavior? Interviewing Callan Voytko and her experiences with being a server, reveal the insight of how following specific gendered norms have affected her income the past ten years of her restaurant experience. The importance of recognizing these discriminatory nuances is to recognize the disempowerment of culturally unmatched gender, sex and sexual orientation, and even more importantly recognizing how to retrain ourselves to look past those disempowered gender norms. Callan Voytko is a twenty-eight year old female, rents a townhouse outside of downtown Raleigh, and currently works as server at Red Lobster in the Crossroads Plaza of Cary. Her
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education level (on paper) is some college. Callan also identifies as a heterosexual female. While her personality, good looks, and intellect get her by with being one of the best servers at her store, Callan also discusses with me the ways in which her ‘being girly’ typically result in higher tips. Her first ‘tip’ is makeup. While she is the first to brag about her abilities as an artist, which translate to the finesse of her makeup technique, the life of a server can be very fast- paced, as well as requiring late nights followed by early mornings. Callan noticed very soon in her restaurant career that her tips were consistently lower during shifts where she wore no makeup. She took this hypothesis into her own hands and following a shift of small tip averages, she would work the next shift “wearing her face” and her tips returned to the amount she was used to. While this is not solid proof of gender discrimination, it’s a pattern worth mentioning. Though Callan’s service (technique, diction, personality, etc.) would be the same at her tables, the fact that her gender display was not up to par, she was being inadvertently discriminated against. Gender display is defined as “the presentation of self as a kind of gendered person
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