The following paper incorporates various writing genres including fiction, narrative, and scholarly discourse to demonstrate the potential importance of aesthetic theory for transforming gendered organizational practices. It starts off with Kelly‘s, a student of organizational communication, ―final exam‖ essay, which explores the gendered politics of promotion. Her professor‘s response explores the gendered politics of ―doing feminism.‖ Taken individually, Kelly and Dr. McGuire (re)create an aesthetic reality of traditional, essentializing organizational practices. Taken together, they (re)create aesthetic meanings that pose formidable challenges and potential transformations for the way we ―do gender‖ organizationally. In the end, this paper or ―petite narrative‖ stands as an aesthetic challenge towards transforming the way we ―do (feminist organization) scholarship‖ organizationally.
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Reardon, Michael E. and Townsley, Nikki C.
"Gender Bending and Bending Gender (Re)Creating Aesthetic Realities of Organization Practices,"
Speaker & Gavel: Vol. 45
, Article 5.
Available at: http://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/speaker-gavel/vol45/iss1/5