Project #47319 - Culture and Society: Boys will be Boys

You are a student employee who overhears conversations among your coworkers. While on break, two of your male coworkers usually go off by themselves and smoke a cigarette. These recently hired coworkers are in their first semester and have just graduated from high school. Sometimes you overhear bits and pieces of their conversations. You are concerned that they regularly have conversations that are inappropriate for the workplace. You have overheard these coworkers making crude sexual references about other employees, telling sexist jokes, and sharing images and graphics of a sexist nature on their cell phones. You seek advice on how to handle the situation from others at your workplace.

 

Shirley Wright :Let’s not turn this into a federal case. I’d say as long as they’re having these conversations in private, among themselves, and no one else complains that it’s not any of your business. After all, boys will be boys. These are young, single men, and this is a way that they bond, work out frustrations, and blow off steam. If they do it in front of students, faculty, or other employees, then someone will complain and I’ll have a talk with them. 

 

Ron DesVue : I don’t care what your boss says; this is inappropriate behavior for the workplace, even if they are on break. They should learn to stop this kind of behavior before they graduate. It’s the sort of thing that could get you fired in the real world. If I were you, I would have a word with them and tell them that I was offended. Once they have been informed that they offended someone, they may decide to cut it out on their own.

 

Rudy Day: Hey, you got a smart phone, don’t you? First thing I’d do is record their conversation on my phone. Don’t let them know you’re recording it. The next time they have one of those conversations tell them that you find it offensive and ask them to stop it. If they refuse or give you a hard time, tell them that you have a recording of their sexist comments and you’ll take it to the boss. They don’t need to know how the boss feels; the threat should be good enough.

 

Frieda Choose :Look, it’s not like they’re making racist remarks. In that case, I definitely go straight to the boss, even higher up the chain of command, if I needed to. After all, who hasn’t told a dirty joke now and then? As long as they keep it on the down low, it’s no big deal.

*Using at least three concepts from the chapter on socialization, analyze the role socialization plays in this scenario. Explain how this sort of behavior might negatively affect at least two of Weber’s characteristics of bureaucracy in a 500-word (minimum) essay.*

The 3 concepts would be: Premarital Sex, The Sexual Counterrevolution, and Sexual Orientation 

The following questions should be answered in the essay.

  • Do you agree with Shirley Wright's comment that "boys will be boys," that there is a general expectation men will occasionally behave badly, and that as long as the behavior is kept between themselves privately, this type of behavior should be ignored? Explain your answer.
  • Do you agree with Ron DesVue's perspective where he says you ought to confront the individuals? What type of problems might arise if you take this course of action?
  • Do you agree or disagree with Rudy Day on using your smart phone to make a recording? Why do you feel this is a good or bad idea?
  • Should you take Frieda Choose's advice and bring the complaint up to the boss? Why do you suppose she says it isn't a big deal and yet she recommends bringing the matter up to the boss?
  • What is the problem existing in the organization shown in the scenario above, and what should organizations do to resolve inappropriate behavior complaints?

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