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Too Few Women at the TopThe Persistence of Inequality in Japan$
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Kumiko Nemoto

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781501702488

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501702488.001.0001

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Production and Navigation of Gender Bias

Production and Navigation of Gender Bias

Heroic Masculinity, Female Misogyny, and Queen Bees

(p.129) 5 Production and Navigation of Gender Bias
Too Few Women at the Top

Kumiko Nemoto

Cornell University Press

This chapter focuses on how men and women workers in Japanese companies participate in the re-creation of and/or navigation of gender biases and stereotypes. Male managers legitimize statistical discrimination and gender biases based on the ideology of separate spheres. Additionally, some male workers see women as being inferior to men and incapable of doing some of the tasks that are mostly done by men. Meanwhile, young women delegitimize women managers and their authority while at the same time legitimizing male managers, following an erotic and amicable heteronormative script. Finally, using the notion of queen bees, the chapter examines the women middle managers' expressed negativity about and detachment from younger women in the workplace.

Keywords:   gender biases, gender stereotypes, male managers, women managers, heteronormative script

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