How is masculinity understood amongst male nurses in caregiving roles, which are widely considered non-traditional to their gender? Not only do men in caregiving work roles find themselves at odds with traditional western gender norms, those within nursing are often considered to be partaking in ‘the most feminine of all female-dominated occupations’ (Abrahamsen, 2006). Examining the ways in which men reconcile their non-traditional occupations with their sense of masculinity is vital not only in ascertaining a well-rounded understanding of masculinity, but more practically in bridging the gender divide that is prevalent in nursing today (Loughrey, 2008). Raewyn Cornell’s theory of hegemonic masculinity acknowledges that while masculinity
Now in days you see more males nurses than before, in the nursing field. Having male nurses can be beneficial, but then again some people tend to refuse them. The public know male nurses as to not being productive or effective as female nurses. Others think the opposite; perhaps they have experienced a bond with male nurses. Male nurses can make certain patients feel comfortable.
Male nurses are often perceived as effeminate or gay (Chen, Fu, Li, Lou, & Yu, 2... ... middle of paper ... ...male nurses perceive themselves within the nursing professional and in society in general. The presence of males in a predominately female occupation results in stress, dealing with some social stigmatization, and limitations on practices that will accept males. Data on male nurses is fairly consistent for studies in North America, Europe, and Asia (Andrews, 2011; Baumann, 2012; Kouta & Kaite, 2012; Lou et al., 2011; Rajacich et al., 2013). Exceptions to nursing as a predominately female profession are found in the Middle East and Islamic nations, where males remain the primary gender in nursing (Rajacich, 2013).Any male choosing nursing as a career should expect to be a minority professional. In a world where women still earn approximately $0.76 for every dollar earned by a male in the same profession, it is a fact that many women believe is simply a fact of life.
You don’t stop the male nurse from caring for you. But what happens when you go to the doctor for a follow up visit and see a male nurse? Do you still see a powerful male that saved your life or a powerless manweak feminine failure ? When providing care for a patient, a male nurse faces challenges such as gender bias and judgement . Did you know that males represent a small number of people in nursing field?
Jack tries persistently to persuade Greg to switch career paths because he considers it a female line of work. Constant portrayal of nursing being a female role in movies and television shows is leading to the population being misinformed about the male nursing profession. The truth is that males have an equal role in the nursing work force. David Stanley stated in an article that male nurse’s are considered to be aggressive. (2012) When Greg got upset, and started yelling, “bomb” on the plane, he had to be detained.
Cases of inequality against women in heal... ... middle of paper ... ...lications of patriarchy and gender inequity in health. Due to male-centric perception, women in some societies lack the necessary socioeconomic resources they need to keep themselves free of any illness. The gender inequity stemming from patriarchy therefore extends towards the economic, political, and social factors that affect health. For example, healthcare is more reasonably affordable for men. Likewise, patriarchy creates an expected response from men.
Unfortunately, due to the strong impact the media has on society, male nurses are disregarded and are mostly viewed negatively, even with its increasing popularity. Although certain traits such as caring, compassion and kindness are associated with women, they are traits that all nurses should acquire, regardless of gender. With that said, man or woman, nurses are all alike and as nurses today to help with this problem, we should support male nurses as much as female nurses. Also, male nurses should continue to work by the standards and guidelines from organizations such as the CNO to assure the best quality of care to patients, showing that they are capable of being good nurses as well. In spite of the adversity the media brings, it is attainable with dedication, patience and hard
In a passage taken from Michael Kimmel’s article “Manhood in America” he addresses these issues head on. Kimmel discusses how men had to prove they were still masculine. Kimmel states, “While one might think that men undergo this painful procedure to become “better” lovers or to please women more, the primary motivation is that men suffer from what one physician called “locker room syndrome” – the fear of being judged as inadequately masculine by other men” (274). This means that men are becoming more physically fit and caring about their physical appearances so that other men don’t think less of them. Kimmel says that some men have gone through plastic surgery, used male enhancements, and other ridiculous things just to impress men.
Also, the ramifications of the legalization of gay marriage, both for gays and society, will be examined. Finally, I will refute arguments against same-sex marriage. Society benefits by having fewer "closet gays." "Closet gays" are homosexuals who try to abide by society's standards, and marry a partner of the opposite sex (Harbinger 683). However, due to the different sexual orientations of the two partners, problems often occur, causing emotional harm to"closet gays," their partners, and their children (Harbinger 683).
These professionals are typically viewed as feminine, weak and homosexual examples of the male species, simply because of their preference of employment. Repeatedly, people ignore the fact that the qualifications to b... ... middle of paper ... ...onsidered in compliance with decent society. Males are considered unmanly when they stray from these rigid guidelines and expectations of women have been equally formed that have similar effects. Specifically, as the given examples indicate, e.g. male nurses and female construction workers, men are discouraged from situations that involve feminine overtones.