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Sexual Harassment

Issues and Answers

Edited by Linda LeMoncheck and James P. Sterba

Publication Date - December 2000

ISBN: 9780195134810

416 pages
6-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

Retail Price to Students: $104.99


Bringing together fifty-seven contemporary popular and scholarly selections, Sexual Harassment: Issues and Answers clarifies and enriches readers' understanding of this complex and sensitive topic. Featuring a more comprehensive and in-depth treatment than specialized anthologies, it covers the nature of sexual harassment, various types of sexual harassment, and a wide range of current perspectives on the issue. The writings collected here represent a unique combination of political analysis, legal theory, philosophical debate, multicultural and international perspectives, regulatory documents, and Supreme Court case law. Chosen for their accessibility, concise presentation, and contribution to current debate, the selections examine the most compelling and perplexing questions raised by the media, the law, and academia on sexual harassment, including: What counts as a case of sexual harassment? Is it a matter of sexual attraction gone wrong? Is it a cultural expression of male domination over women? How persistent or severe must the conduct be? Can women sexually harass men? What is wrong with sexual harassment? Who is liable under the law for sexual harassment and how should they be held accountable? Should employers be liable for the harassing conduct of their employees? Ideal for courses in feminist philosophy, contemporary moral, political, and legal philosophy, and women's studies, Sexual Harassment: Issues and Answers is also essential reading for anyone interested in this critical issue.


"LeMoncheck and Sterba's anthology on sexual harassment is a 'must read' for anyone who thinks that they understand this crucial issue. The authors who contributed to Sexual Harassment: Issues and Answers raise many provocative questions about this issue, but none of them raises a question more challenging than the one LeMoncheck and Sterba themselves ask: namely, 'Whose decisions count in answering the important questions raised by sexual harassment?' Clearly, as LeMoncheck and Sterba suggest, in the multicultural and international world which we all populate, the decisions should not rest exclusively in the hands of affluent, Anglo-European, heterosexual men. Women, lesbian and heterosexual, light- and dark-skinned, poor and rich, in developed and developing nations, need to be the primary decision makers when it comes to setting public policies on sexual harassment.

In compiling this creative and comprehensive anthology, LeMoncheck and Sterba have performed a service not only for philosophers, academicians, and business executives, but also for social activists, workers, students, and the public in general. They should be applauded for successfully bridging the gap between theory and practice in their concerted effort to help eliminate one of the major causes for the continuation of gender-based inequalities."--Rosemarie Tong, Department of Philosophy, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Table of Contents

    1. Sexual Shakedown: The Sexual Harassment of Women on the Job, Lin Farley
    2. Sexual Harassment of Working Women: A Case of Sex Discrimination, Catharine A. MacKinnon
    3. Understanding Sexual Harassment at Work, Barbara A. Gutek
    4. The Definition of Sexual Harassment, Jan Crosthwaite and Graham Priest
    5. Why the Fight Against Sexual Harassment is Misguided, Mane Hajdin
    6. What's Sex Got to Do With It?, Deborah Tannen
    7. Tailhook: Scandal Time, Eloise Salholz and Douglas Waller
    8. The Military Culture of Harassment, Linda Bird Francke
    9. Sex Bias Persists in L.A. County Sheriff's Department, Tina Daunt and Anne-Marie O'Connor
    10. Mitsubishi Plant Split on How to Define Writing on Wall, Stephen Braun
    11. The Lecherous Professor, Billie Wright Dziech and Linda Weiner
    12. Failing at Fairness: How Our Schools Cheat Girls, Myra Sadker and David Sadker
    13. Caltech Student's Expulsion Over Contents of E-Mail Raises Concerns, Amy Harmon
    14. So Many Choices, So Little Time, Jan Buckwald
    15. Court Says Law Covers Same-Sex Harassment, Joan Biskupic
    16. Basic Facts About Sexual Harassment, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
    17. The History of Sexual Harassment on the Job, Susan L. Webb
    18. Legal Update, William Petrocelli and Barbara Kate Repa
    19. The Legal Context of Sexual Harassment on Campus, Robert J. Shoop
    20. Speaking Truth to Power, Anita Hill
    21. Making Sense of Our Differences: African American Women on Anita Hill, Beverly Grier
    22. Race, Gender, and Liberal Fallacies, Orlando Patterson
    23. The Fall of Bob Packwood, Allan Freedman
    24. U.S. District Court, Arkansas, Western Division, Jones v. Clinton
    25. Feminists and the Clinton Question, Gloria Steinem
    26. Mitsubishi to Pay $34 Milion in Sex Harassment Case, Stephen Braun
    27. Guilty if Charged, Richard Bernstein
    28. The Silva Case at the University of New Hampshire, Mary M. Clark
    29. The Reasonable Woman: Sense and Sensibility in Sexual Harassment Law, Kathryn Abrams
    30. Closing the "Bisexual Defense" Loophole in Title VII Sexual Harassment Cases, Sandra Levitsky
    31. Understanding, Explaining, and Eliminating Sexual Harassment, James P. Sterba
    32. Bared Buttocks and Federal Cases, Ellen Frankel Paul
    33. Reckless Eyeballing: Sexual Harassment on Campus, Katie Roiphe
    34. No Law in the Arena, Camille Paglia
    35. The Power of Sexual Stereotypes and the Sexiness of Power, Linda LeMoncheck
    36. Sex Is the Least of It: Let's Focus Harassment Law on Work, Not Sex, Vicki Schultz
    37. Heterophobia, Daphne Patai
    38. Academics' Shame: Our Failure to Confront Sexual Harassment, Jeannette Oppedisano
    39. The Myth of Male Power, Warren Farrell
    40. Race, Sexual Harassment, and the Limitations of the Feminist Paradigm, Kimberlé Crenshaw
    41. Anti-Lesbian Harassment, Celia Kitzinger
    42. Immigrant Latina Domestic Workers and Sexual Harassment, Diana Vellos
    43. Japan Abuzz Over Sexual Harassment, Nicole Gaouette
    44. Sexual Harassment of Working Women in India, Ramni Taneja
    45. Shameful Silence: Professional Women in Mexico are Talking More Than Ever About Sexual Harassment, Pia Hilbrert
    46. The Regulation of Sexual Harassment in International Treaties and Documents, Gaby Oré-Aguilar
    47. Title VII of the U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964 (as Amended in 1991)
    48. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972
    49. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Guidelines on Discrimination Because of Sex: Sexual Harassment
    50. U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights, Sexual Harassment Guidance
    51. U.S. Supreme Court, Meritor Savings Bank v. Vinson (1986)
    52. U.S. Supreme Court, Franklin v. Gwinnett County Public Schools (1992)
    53. U.S. Supreme Court, Harris v. Forklift Systems, Inc. (1993)
    54. U.S. Supreme Court, Oncale v. Sundowner Offshore Services, Inc. (1998)
    55. U.S. Supreme Court, Faragher v. City of Boca Raton (1998)
    56. U.S. Supreme Court, Gebser et al. v. Lago Vista Independent School District (1998)
    57. United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women
    Selected Bibliography

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