Sexual Harassment A Cry for Help or a Money Making Scheme

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Zaccarello 1 Z "Sexual harassment is not about sex, it is about power." -Gretchen Morgenson An unwanted sexual advance, an offensive touch, and suggestive comments illustrate examples of sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is defined by Stephanie Riger as, "unwanted sexually oriented behavior in a work context." However, sexual harassment does not only appear in an occupational environment, and this form of harassment is not limited to a specific race, a specific gender, or any certain lifestyle. Today, throughout the United States, men and women are filing sexual harassment lawsuits as if sexual harassment were no great matter. A line needs to be drawn to distinguish what is and is not sexual harassment, but since sexual harassment is so subjective, a simple line becomes harder to draw. Some people want punishment for hostile environment harassment, but what constitutes a hostile environment? According to Morgenson a hostile environment includes "hazing, joking, and sexually suggestive talk between men and women who work alongside them." Lately, it seems that Americans are making sexual harassment an excuse. People are crying sexual harassment like the little boy who cried wolf. Sexual harassment has become such an issue due to the large number of cases presented. When Anita Hill, law professor at the University of Oklahoma, brought allegations of sexual Zaccarello 2 harassment against Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, the whole world started listening. This case was "the most celebrated sexual harassment case of our time," according to Martha Chamallas, and "Hill's revelations prompted women to tell about their own encounters with sexually harassing behavior-both in private and in public." This case gave women a reason to report sexual harassment, and sexual harassment would no longer be overlooked. Women would no longer have to "flatter" their bosses, as Erica Jong had to.
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