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Organizational communication
Reading reflection: CH-9 communicating gender at work
This reading touched down on three feminist perspectives that can be used to further understand power relations within organizational life. The three perspectives are liberal, radical, and critical feminist. The author argues that the critical feminist perspective is the better one of the three to use while looking at organizational communication in relation to power. In the later part of this reading masculinity is broken down within organizations as being socially constructed in everyday interactions within the organizations life.

This reading does a good job at defining what being a feminist means over its historical time period. Feminism means to be dedicated towards the improvement of equality with genders. There were three waves of feminism, which can all be seen as taking steps towards equality for women. The first wave came about around the mid-19th century and had to do with the right to vote for women. This was a huge step forward for the white women’s population. The second wave of feminism had to do with the lack of presents of females within the work field. This wave of feminism was not taking into consideration that there has been females in the work field previously, but the white middle class women were absent. This wave was considerably focused of the white middle class females and not the women of color or lower class that have been in the work place. The last wave of feminism tries to capture what the second wave missed, which is the equality of the oppressed groups of females such as women of color and different classes that was absent. The third wave doesn’t stop there though; it tries to include men as well when looking at the inequality issues associated with power and gender.

The three types of feminism are liberal, radical, and critical. I will briefly touch down on the first two because I know that the author favors the critical feminism...
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