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Transcript of Whale Rider
Exploring themes of gender & leadership in
Loke Davis | Sara Farooqi | Janet Gonzalez
Leadership, Diversity & Gender
Tradition & Community
How does adding gender complicate the film?
CONTEXT >> Public Vs. Private
- "People want to feel compatible
with their gender...
(Valian, 1998, p. 21)"
The Performance of Masculinity
Gender relations = Structural arrangements
"...the way the social world is built, in part, by making distinctions between men & women, thus shaping differently the material conditions of our lives...[and] people's experiences as members of those groups (Fletcher & Ely, 2003, p2)."
Naming Men As Men
- Men are leaders
- First-born sons are privileged
- Women manage the
- Women's value is in
producing male leaders
- "Women are blamed for men's problems/men as victims of historical processes (Collinson & Hearn, 1994, p 8)."
- Informalism; shared male interests
- Grandmother publicly acquiesces/conforms,
but privately protests... "You may be the boss out
there, but in the kitchen, I am the boss!"
- Paika's non-conformity is public "one refuses
[gender norms] only by agreeing to pay the consequences: losing one's job, home...
(Butler, 2004, p. 114)" [As quoted in Pilgeram,
2007, p 593]
Gender Schemas At Work
How gender is enacted...
Public Vs. Private
Hide Your Tears
Hide Your Tears
Overcoming The Odds
“They must also overcome stereotypes by passing extra tests of competence and loyalty at work” (Sutton, 1991, Tempered Radicalism)
“Some leave because they can no longer tolerate the seemingly glacial pace of change, others leave because they are tired of being devalued and isolated, and still others simply because they no longer have the energy to “play the game” (Sutton, 1991, Tempered Radicalism)
Defining leadership for yourself
Mission & vision
Failure, hope, strength and determination
Conformity (Tool Vs. Weapon)
Other Important Themes
Advice for Paikea
JANET: “Never allow someone to be your priority while allowing yourself to be their option.”- Mark Twain
SARA: Don't lose sight of your vision of empowering others during transition from 'internal to external.'
LOKE: Your disorganized co-action was helpful, but do not wait for a crisis or acknowledgment of your leadership skills to organize.
Disorganized Coaction and
Crisis as Catalyst
Power and Negotiation,
Mentors and Allies
How Leadership is Enacted...
“We have been socialized to respect fear more than our own needs for language and definition.”
(Lourde, 1977, 44)
Mentors and Allies, Power and Negotiation
"By developing access to alternatives in negotiations and actively fostering one's sense of power, perceived power disadvantages due to unflattering stereotypes can be mitigated." (Kray, 2007, 169)
"You will acknowledge her."
Crisis as Organization Catalyst
"...time acts as the medium of competition- the way 'power is done'..." (Martin, Meyerson, 1998, 323)
Naming Intersectionalities and Contradictions
"...a complex mixture of conformity, resistance, and confrontation to...norms."
(Martin, Meyerson, 1998, 340)
- Naming and Language. She redefines "leader".
"Sit in the back."
Paikea: Why doesn't he want me?
Porourangi: He's just looking for something that doesn't exist anymore.
Paikea: A new leader? They exist.