hyp-hens asked: Regarding labour as the root of gender: what of women in male-dominated workplaces? I'm a trans woman and a programmer, there are few other women programmers where I work. Are we somehow less women? (Feel free to just say 'yes', I won't be offended.)
im very uncomfortable with the suggestion that trans women in STEM fields universally occupy some sort of male social position. the gendered division of labor is not something that occurs exclusively by way of gendering specific fields of labor. for instance, even though most people who are paid to have sex with men are women, not all of them are.
in cases where a woman is in a typically male dominated field generally very specific forms of labor tend to be delegated to her, forms of labor which are less rewarded by society. women in male dominated fields are also less likely to receive credit for ideas and innovations in their field and the social and monetary rewards for that labor is transferred directly to their male colleagues.
women in male dominated fields are also more likely to be performing more unpaid gendered labor outside of the workplace (e.g., domestic, aesthetic, emotional, and reproductive) and still form a part of the reserve labor corps for the sex industry. many of the trans women i personally know, for example, who work in STEM fields are also concurrently working in the sex industry in various capacities.
its inaccurate to say that in these cases a woman in a male dominated field is not a woman despite being in a field which is male dominated labor is still being alienated to them by men which is broadly socially defined as women’s labor and in many cases value is being extracted from the labor in which they perform by men