'Dude, You Need to Get Into Nursing': How the Field Recruits Men

While there has been significant attention to recruiting women into STEM fields, what about the converse – recruiting men to female-dominated fields? My recent article in Gender & Society analyzes the recruitment strategies of key health care players, examining themes of masculinity in text, speech, and images. » 6/30/14 5:40pm 6/30/14 5:40pm

What Prostitutes, Nurses and Nannies Have in Common

My longest stint as a care worker has been as a prostitute, but nearly every job I've ever held has involved what Arlie Russell Hochschild termed "emotional labor." No one who's known me as an escort, a nanny, or a waitress is surprised to see me going to nursing school; emotional labor gives the most back to me,… » 2/17/13 11:35am 2/17/13 11:35am

Hospital Under Fire for Unpopular 'No Fatties' Policy

Last year, a medical center in Texas quietly instituted controversial rule — a hiring policy that bars any applicant from consideration for a job there if they have a Body Mass Index of over 35 or if they project an image that somehow conflicts with how patients think doctors and nurses should look. And even though… » 4/09/12 5:45pm 4/09/12 5:45pm

Proposed Measures to Georgia Breast Feeding Law Could Punish Assholes…

If a growing group of Georgia lactivists have their way, people who feel compelled to harass, discriminate against, or restrict mothers from breast-feeding in public could face a fine of up to $1,000, a penalty that would do more to enforce a state law giving moms the right to nurse wherever they damn well please. » 3/02/12 9:30am 3/02/12 9:30am

Groundbreaking Study Reveals Male Nurses Are Still Manly

Naturally, people find it very troubling when someone holds a job traditionally associated with the opposite gender, but new research suggests that it's inaccurate and unwise to mock the male nurse responsible for jamming a needle into your arm. It's hard to belive that our ignorant stereotypes could be wrong, but it… » 11/13/11 8:42pm 11/13/11 8:42pm

Porn Star Publicly Breastfeeds Her Baby, Gets Accused Of Promoting…

Women are still routinely condemned for breastfeeding in public, and just this weekend, a mom was kicked out of an all-female gym for feeding her son. So, you can imagine what happened when a feminist porn director and actress decided to challenge the way people think about sex and motherhood with an art project about… » 8/17/11 9:55am 8/17/11 9:55am