Reflecting on Expectancy Value Theory for my career decisions

I really like the Situated Expectancy Value Theory (SEVT for short) by Jacque Eccles and colleagues because this framework seems to explicitly consider not only individual’s personal characteristics, but also the complexity of other sources of information in shaping choices and decisions – which had been helpful for my work in exploring gendered pathways of students. As I have been reading and pondering extensively over the past two (almost three) years on the Expectancy Value Theory to guide my research, I realized I could perhaps use it to reflect on my own career options too.

Don’t go with the flow – Why period products haven’t been tested with blood until now?

The first study ever to test absorption levels of menstrual products using blood was conducted this year. The study was published in August 2023 and for the first time it has compared absorbencies of different menstrual products, including tampons, pads, cups, discs and period underwear, using blood. Previous studies have usually used water or saltwater for testing, despite the fact that periods are more viscous and could contain secretions and endometrial tissue. These differences could have led to inaccurate absorbency evaluations and this is exactly what the authors of the study found.

Why don’t men work in childcare?

Men are underrepresented in women-dominated caring professions worldwide. This underrepresentation is particularly extreme in the field of early childhood education and care, such as childcare work. Despite this, both the general public and academic researchers remain relatively uninterested in men’s underrepresentation in early childhood education and care. So, why are there fewer men in childcare work than women, and why are people uninterested in this underrepresentation?

How to write about trans* people? (Part 2)

Two years ago, for my first blog post, I discussed how to correctly write about the trans and gender diverse community, which has historically been represented in a negative and discriminatory light in the media. I illustrated the guidelines provided by GLAAD – an association founded by journalists and writers to protest defamatory and sensationalized HIV and AIDS coverage in the 1980s – in their 10th edition of the GLAAD Media Reference Guide (2016). However, just recently, TGEU Transgender Europe – a trans-led non-profit for the rights and wellbeing of trans people – published a new Trans Media Guide.

Showing Up As Your “Full Self”? A Conversation On Queer Authenticity (2)

In this episode, Hanna and Shannon have spoken about potential differences between being a researcher and activist and the question of whether they define themselves as activists. They’ve also spoken about the role of their own personal questions and considerations around doing this work and how questioning your own place in the research can be a form of engagement.

My first academic conference

This summer I got the opportunity to go to my first academic conference. The conditions for participating, first a short paper, later a full paper, were  rather challenging for me. Getting “the go” for participating therefore left me with both, a feeling of being proud for having been accepted, and curious for what actually happens at a conference…

Postcolonial feminist concepts – Key terms

In this blog, the author talks about some key terms that one would often come across in postcolonial feminist readings. Before we dive into those key terms, it is pertinent to first understand what postcolonial and postcolonial feminism means. As the term ‘post’ indicates, postcolonialism has a chronological meaning which is often interpreted as after being colonized or a post-independence time.

Of caring covens and crafting voices: A personal reflection

We, that is Tatjana Graf and Rasika Mahajan, attended a workshop on “doing feminist, gender, and diversity research in and around organizations” organised by Aalto University in Helsinki in March 2023. As we found ourselves discussing and exchanging inspiring content also after arriving back in our home university, we want to share our reflections in this blog post. 

Champions of Gender Equality? Policies in the Nordic Countries

The Nordic countries seem to enjoy a reputation as champions in the area of gender equality, and research seems to confirm this: There are four Nordic countries among the top five counties with the smallest gender gap listed in the Global Gender Gap Report (Iceland, Finland, Norway, Sweden). Similarly, on the European Gender Equality Index, which gives each country a score ranging from 1 to 100, Sweden receives the highest score of 83.9 and both Denmark (77.8) and Finland (75.4) are among the top scorers (EIGE, 2022).

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