Recent discussion of sexual harassment at work has focused on a few high-profile industries. But there has been relatively little credible research as to how rates really differ by occupation type.
The overall rates vary widely depending on how the pollsters frame the question, but the ratio is pretty consistent. The data on perpetrators is less clear. If you prefer anecdotes to data, you can sift through this Reddit thread with comments.
I had a chief harass me daily which resulted in administrative actions when I tried resisting her abuse. Eight months later I was suicidal and that WO was signing my counselling and probation with her husband.
She then started thrusting into my backside. It was pretty uncomfortable and I felt kinda vulnerable.
In the wake of all these sexual harassment stories, I looked back on this moment and considered for the first time that that was actual sexual harassment. But then is it odd that so few of the recent high-profile victims of sexual harassment have been men, and so few of the high-profile perpetrators women?
The viral Facebook message that started MeToo — at least the one I saw — urged women to come forward with their stories of sexual harassment, and men to come forward with stories of times they perpetrated sexual harassment. Homosexual male harassment is more prevalent than the percent gay men in the population would imply, suggesting that gay men harass men more often than straight men harass women.
Since most men are straight, most victims are women; when the men happen to be gay, they victimize men. Could this kind of ploy really shut up everybody? Men absolutely came forward with stories of harassment by high-profile women in Hollywood, and they were summarily ignored.
Carey is much higher-profile than most of the men involved. She just assumed nobody would care — and she was right. Having silenced or ignored all men who might be sexually harassed, the media proceeded to treat sexual harassment in the most gendered way humanly possible, constantly reinforcing that only men can do it and only women can suffer it.
The Guardian, being commendably honest about its priorities: The Independent thinks the story is how powerful men seemingly never face the consequences of their actions toward women.
Do any women disagree about what counts as sexual harassment?
Yes, the stats show that they disagree exactly as much as the men do — but who cares? Needless to say, every line of evidence we have shows men are less likely to report harassment that happens to them than women are. Is this really that bad?
Our society already has an answer to this, and in every other case, the answer is no. Suppose I write about how we need to do more to support the victims of terrorism. But what if I write about how we need to do more to support the Christian victims of Muslim terrorism?
Sounds…like maybe I have an agenda. This is true even if the numbers show terrorists are disproportionately Muslim. Or suppose I write about how we need to do more to help the victims of crime.
What if I write about how we need to do more to help white victims of black criminals? Again, this does not sound so good, unless you happen to be Richard Spencer. This is true regardless of whether the statistics show a racial skew in perpetrators. Do I think that sexual harassment is being used this way?
I have no other explanation for the utter predominance of genderedness in the conversation. The first vision tries to erase group differences to create a world free from stereotypes and hostility.
The second vision tries to attack majority groups and spread as many stereotypes as possible about them in the hopes that the ensuing hostility raises the position of minorities.
I think this is unfortunate. Because it ensures that nobody has more than half the picture.
I wonder if the woman who wrote this knows any of her close female friends who are harassers? I mean, statistically, some of them have to be.
Know more than a dozen women? But more than that, if men were included in the conversation — if it were understood that a man who was sexually harassed by a female Hollywood celebrity would have the slightest chance at a fair hearing — then maybe they would feel like it was more in their self-interest to support victims.At the Comedy Cellar in Greenwich Village, there’s a table where the comics sit.
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