Sexual Harassment Is A Moral Issue Essay

752 Words Dec 7th, 2015 4 Pages
In today’s society, Americans are faced with several ethical questions that must be answered by exploring its morality from varying perspectives. The most important issue that must be analyzed is sexual harassment. However, before delving into the morality—or rather immorality—of sexual harassment, it is first necessary to define sexual harassment and establish why sexual harassment is a moral issue. Shaw defines sexual harassment by saying the following:
“What exactly is sexual harassment? According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, sexual harassment is ‘unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.’ Catherine A. MacKinnon, author of Sexual Harassment of Working Women, describes sexual harassment as ‘sexual attention imposed on some- one who is not in a position to refuse it.’ Alan K. Campbell, former director of the Federal Office of Personnel Management, defines it as ‘deliberate or repeated unsolicited verbal comments, gestures, or physical contact of a sexual nature which are unwelcome.’” (Shaw, p. 444).
This definition presents a key issues that raises questions about sexual harassment’s morality. In the beginning of the statement, it is made clear that these sexual advances seeking sexual favors are unwelcomed. From a deontological perspective, the sexual predator is treating the other human as an object; this objectification is lacking basic human respect that Kant says is a critical…

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