Sexual Harassment and Theories Research Paper by Research Group

Sexual Harassment and Theories
Examines possible theories which could assist in reducing and fighting the phenomenon of sexual harassment.
# 26922 | 3,052 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on May 21, 2003 in Gender and Sexuality (Sexual Politics) , Women Studies (General)

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Sexual harassment is a widespread problem and one that is widely acknowledged by a number of powerful institutions (as well as the victims of the practice) and yet it remains difficult to counteract for several reasons. This paper examines how a perspective that incorporates ideas about private justice and perspectives taken from social learning theory can suggest one possible strategy to reduce the problem of sexual harassment.

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"The first of the two primary reasons that sexual harassment is a difficult behavior to remove from society are that it is perpetuated in general by the powerful against the weak - in this case, by men against women. While in a democracy the weak are protected by the rule of law, laws are in fact always differentially enforced, and always (as a general rule) enforced less well against the powerful. Women who seek justice against men (who may also be their bosses and are in most cases likely to have greater economic power) are disadvantaged from the start. The second difficulty in suppressing sexual harassment results from the fact that people have genuinely different concepts of what constitute harassment, and what one person may do or propose in perfectly good faith is simply unacceptable to someone else. Such differences are conditioned by age, gender, ethnicity and religious beliefs - as well as by personal preference - and are so variable as to make legalistic concepts and definitions difficult to come by."

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