Trading Gender: University Spaces as a Facilitator for Transgressive Embodiment of Women in Male-Dominated Trades

  • Louisa Smith
Part of the Explorations of Educational Purpose book series (EXEP, volume 21)


This chapter examines how the university can facilitate the embodiment of queer masculinities. Through comparing case studies of two women who worked in the carpentry trade, I explore the importance of feminism as a resource for women at work, particularly those working in male-dominated areas. Universities have been an important site for feminist education and activism. For the two cases discussed, the feminist knowledge gained at university facilitated a particularly intellectual moment in Connell’s body reflexive practice, a moment in which the gendered body engaging at work was simultaneously the feminist body intellectually engaging in reflection on itself. I argue that this reflexivity is necessary for queer embodiment and allows women in particular forms of work to embody a queer masculinity.


Construction Worker Female Masculinity Hegemonic Masculinity Queer Theory Political Framework 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of SydneySydneyAustralia

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