chapter  3
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Femininity, masculinity and organisation

From birth, we are compelled to seek confirmation of our gendered identity. From the time we recognise whether we are female or male, before we are sure we know how those in each category are meant to behave, all human individuals actively pursue the project of ‘becoming gendered’ (see Chapter 2). At the same time, we are aware of the contradictions that separate experience and desire from social constraints (Coward, 1993).