Sexuality and Society HW Assignment 3.docx - Daniel Washington Sexuality and Society SOCI 3156 Homework Assignment 3 Williams C L Giuffre P A Dellinger

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Daniel Washington 10/18/2015 Sexuality and Society SOCI 3156 Homework Assignment 3 Williams, C. L., Giuffre, P. A., & Dellinger, K. (1999). SEXUALITY IN THE WORKPLACE: Organizational Control, Sexual Harassment, and the Pursuit of Pleasure. Annual Review Of Sociology, 2573 . Sexuality in the Workplace focuses on how sexual bantering, flirting, and dating affect workplace social dynamics. More specifically, this article focuses on what constitutes consensual sexual behavior in the workplace and what constitutes sexual harassment. There may be some variation in what unwanted or wanted sexual activity encompasses, depending on organizational standards. One point that this article points out is that discrimination against women in the workplace could be accompanied by sexual domination; historically, women have always been subjugated to an inferior social status to men, so therefore, the workplace will inevitably contain social biases that are gendered in nature. One consequence that comes with unequal power between men and women is women’s increased susceptibility to sexual harassment in the workplace. What I found most intriguing about this article is that it took on a sociological approach to addressing how occupation and socioeconomic class correlate to people’s perceptions of sexual harassment and consensual sexual behaviors. Social power may be linked to how people in the workplace draw the line between sexual harassment and sexually consenting behavior. In
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one example in the article, there was a study on sexual behavior in the restaurant business. According to Giuffre & Williams (1994), “waiters and waitresses eagerly engaged in a great deal of flirtatious, sexual bantering with coworkers of their same race/ethnicity, class, and sexual orientation, but they defined identical behaviors by coworkers of different backgrounds as sexual harassment.” This quote suggests that when there is less of a power distance between men and women in a workplace setting, sexual expression does not become skewed in favor of men.
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