Issue of May 30, 2014
eds. Nick Murphy, Daryl Haggard, Nicolle Zellner & Meredith Hughes
This week's issues:
|Women in Science |
via the Smithsonian
|"Can we stop talking about this feminist|
stuff and get back to work?"- Old Me
|Picture from noworkplaceviolence.com|
Some sexual harassers have learned exactly how far they can push a situation before they have to pull back. They walk right up to the line and take a small step over it. The harasser can, for example, touch the victim on the shoulder when saying, “Good Morning,” or say something a bit unprofessional like, “You just look too nice today.” Depending on the reaction of the victim, the harasser can quickly retreat behind the line with profuse apologies for going too far. If, on the other hand, the victim reacts in a friendly manner, the harasser can redraw the line and repeat the tactic (more on this in tomorrow's post).
[U]nwanted or unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature that interferes unreasonably with a student’s ability to learn, study, work, achieve, or participate in school activities. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination, and schools are legally responsible for preventing it. Schools must also prevent harassment based on your sex, even if it is not sexual in nature.
Sexual harassment need not occur on school property—it can happen off school grounds in any school-related program or activity.
Unlike flirting or good-natured joking, which are mutual interactions between two people, sexual harassment is unwelcomed and unwanted behavior which may cause the target to feel threatened, afraid, humiliated, angry, or trapped.