chapter  6
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Sexuality, power and organisation

Male sexuality underlies the patriarchal culture of professional and organisational life. ‘Women work as “women’” (MacKinnon, 1979:9), and as such they are positioned as objects of male desire (see Chapter 3). The fact of gender at work, and the ways in which gender-power relations are conducted within patriarchal cultures overall, makes sexuality a crucial component of these power relations.