Rethinking Sexual Harassment

Overview

In the 1970s, the term 'sexual harassment' was coined by American women to describe what until then had been an experience without a name. The phenomenon subsequently acquired a discourse that has gone largely unchallenged in the intervening years. But do prevailing definitions of harassment adequately reflect the complexity of the issue? Or is it now time to challenge the conventional assumptions that underlie our approach to - and our ways of dealing with - the problem of harassment? Rethinking Sexual ...
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Overview

In the 1970s, the term 'sexual harassment' was coined by American women to describe what until then had been an experience without a name. The phenomenon subsequently acquired a discourse that has gone largely unchallenged in the intervening years. But do prevailing definitions of harassment adequately reflect the complexity of the issue? Or is it now time to challenge the conventional assumptions that underlie our approach to - and our ways of dealing with - the problem of harassment? Rethinking Sexual Harassment makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the issue by questioning the language we use to describe harassment and the assumptions we make when we think about it. It investigates the connections that exist between types of behaviour usually described as harassment; it reexamines the complicated relationship between gender and ethnicity, sexuality, age, religious belief and other aspects of identity; it scrutinises the ways in which harassment is perceived. Rethinking Sexual Harassment is an innovative and challenging contribution from feminists in Britain to an important and continuing debate.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745308371
  • Publisher: Pluto Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1994
  • Pages: 292

Table of Contents

Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Notes on Contributors
1 Introduction 1
2 Loose Rules and Likely Stories 35
3 Red Herrings and Mystifications: Conflicting Perceptions of Sexual Harassment 65
4 Offence is the Best Defence? - Pornography and Racial Violence 82
5 Risk, Responsibility and Sexual Harm 99
6 Anti-Lesbian Harassment 125
7 Sexual Harassment and Sexual Abuse: When Girls Become Women 148
8 Seventy Times Seven? Forgiveness and Sexual Violence in Christian Pastoral Care 167
9 The Lecherous Professor Revisited: Plato, Pedagogy and the Scene of Harassment 189
10 Sexual Harassment in India: A Case Study of Eve-Teasing in Historical Perspective 220
11 In and Out of View: Visual Representation and Sexual Harassment 235
Select Bibliography 271
Index 286
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