"Stop whining and be a badass": a postfeminist analysis of university students' responses to gender themes

Marke Kivijärvi
2021 Equality, Diversity and Inclusion  
PurposeThis paper critically examines how female students at a Finnish business school understand gender in management.Design/methodology/approachThe analysis is based on female students' learning diaries from a basic management course.FindingsThe findings show how students respond to the topic of gender inequality through a neoliberal postfeminist discourse. The students' discourse is structured around three discursive moves: (1) rejecting "excessive" feminism, (2) articulating self-reliant
more » ... fessional futures and (3) producing idealized role models through successfully integrating masculinity and femininity.Originality/valueThis article contributes to current understanding of the role of postfeminist sensibilities in shaping student participation in the management profession. Awareness of students' responses to gender-equality initiatives offers management educators insight into the inclusion of equality topics in teaching in ways that support equal gender socialization in the management profession.
doi:10.1108/edi-08-2020-0219 fatcat:eayw5fsrjrhbdf52lqckbnxhl4