Essay On Sexual Harassment

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“Injustices in this world infect people 's lives like diseases.” This injustice known as sexual harassment affects men, women and children all over the world. Many people don’t know the true definition of sexual harassment, and have no clue when they are victims of it. “Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical manipulation of a sexual manner constitute sexual harassment. When this happens explicitly or implicitly it affects an individual 's employment, which can create a hostile environment in the workplace” (FindLaw.com). A lot of society has grown to think the harasser is always a male when in many cases is not always true. Anybody, at any time, or any gender can be a victim of sexual harassment. …show more content…
The difficulty is that the label has been applied to such a diversity of conduct that its meaning has been substantially diluted” (Browne Pg. 145). One of the hardest parts about sexual harassment is the different perspectives that have been brought up over the years on this subject. Throughout my research I found that the best way to look into this topic is to have an intersectionality point of view because in order to see all sides of a sexual harassment cases, you must look at gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, etc.…because not all cases are the same. One point of view that was included in many of the research papers I read is ‘Power versus Sex.’ Many people who have written about the sexual harassment, note that it is not all ‘about sex’ but ‘about power.’ Throughout history, men have used their power as a way of obtaining sex, whether it is indirectly or through making themselves more attractive as a good companion. These studies are mainly focused on “asymmetries in power in patriarchal societies, which may make a woman vulnerable to sexual harassment by more powerful men” (Das Pg. 909). These cases of asymmetries can start from things such as social norms which make it seem like men and woman always flirt because that’s ‘normal’, organized hierarchies which mostly involve men being ranked higher in the workplace, or interpersonal …show more content…
In many cases people assume men are the only ones who harass people. This is not true because women can harass women, and women can harass men. The reason this perspective is so hard to recognize is due to the way women and men react to sexual gestures. In many cases studies have found a consistent pattern that “women perceive a broader spectrum of behaviors as sexual harassment than men do. In addition men perceive sexually harassing experience as less severe, less upsetting, less inappropriate, less bothersome, and less threatening than women do” (Desouza Pg. 459). As a result to this Fiske and Glick differentiated between two types of sexist

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