Flying quite a lot I have had the chance to observe how gender roles and stereotypes permeate this sphere of society. And while nowadays there are already many male flight attendants it is still impossible (at least in my experience) to find female captains and pilots. Indeed there is a huge ‘genderisation’ of professional roles in airline companies, which are reinforced in subtle ways.
One example that crosses my mind is the trendy videos used by airline companies to substitute the old fashioned ‘live safety instructions’ usually done by flight attendants. In these videos children (and sometimes adults) play the role of the captain and flight attendants in giving passengers the basic safety instructions. Read the rest of this entry