Sexual Harassment of Working Women: A Case of Sex Discrimination

Sexual Harassment of Working Women: A Case of Sex Discrimination
Genre: 
Language: 
ISBN10: 
0300022999
ISBN13: 
9780300022995
Pages: 
326
Published: 
September 10th 1979 by Yale University Press
Rating: 
4.11

Sexual harassment of working women has been widely practiced and systematically ignored. Men’s control over women’s jobs has often made coerced sexual relations the price of women’s material survival. Considered trivial or personal, or natural and inevitable, sexual harassment has become a social institution.
MacKinnon offers here the first major attempt to understand sexual harassment as a pervasive social problem and to present a legal argument that it is discrimination based on sex. Beginning with an analysis of victims’ experiences, she then examines sex discrimination doctrine as a whole, both for its potential in prohibiting sexual harassment and for its limitations.
Two distinct approaches to sex discrimination are seen to animate the law: one based on an analysis of the differences between the sexes, the other upon women’s social inequality. Arguing that sexual harassment at work is sex discrimination under both approaches, she criticizes the effectiveness of the law in reaching the real determinants of women’s social status. She concludes that a recognition of sexual harassment as illegal would support women’s economic equality and sexual self-determination at a point where the two are linked.

Only Words

Only Words

When is rape not a crime? When it's pornography--or so First Amendment law seems to say: in film, a rape becomes "free speech." Pornography, Catharine MacKinnon contends, is neither speech nor free. Pornography, racial and sexual harassment, and hate speech are...
Shakespeare's Sisters: Feminist Essays on Women Poets

Shakespeare's Sisters: Feminist Essays on Women Poets

"... the best collection of feminist essays on women poets now available." -- Spokeswoman Review

"[The essays] form a satisfying whole, stunningly enlightening,...

Feminist Theory Reader: Local and Global Perspectives

Feminist Theory Reader: Local and Global Perspectives

Feminist Theory Reader is an anthology of classic and contemporary works of feminist theory, organized around the goal of providing both local and global perspectives.
The Forbidden Body: Why Being Fat Is Not a Sin

The Forbidden Body: Why Being Fat Is Not a Sin

Being fat is not a sin, but, argues Shelley Bovey, most overweight women are made to feel otherwise.Shelley Bovey exposes the damaging nature of fat discrimination in all its forms, and reveals that this is a...
Feminism in Our Time: The Essential Writings, World War II to the Present

Feminism in Our Time: The Essential Writings, World War II to the Present

From Simone de Beauvoir to Susan Faludi, from the ERA to Anita Hill -- a historically informed sourcebook that defines the intellectual and political...
Race, Gender and Work: A Multi-Cultural Economic History of Women in the United States (Revised Edition)

Race, Gender and Work: A Multi-Cultural Economic History of Women in the United States (Revised Edition)

With new data on women's economic status in the '90s, this classic feminist book explores the...
The Woman's Book of Choices: Abortion, Menstrual Extraction, RU-486

The Woman's Book of Choices: Abortion, Menstrual Extraction, RU-486

The New Our Bodies, Ourselves calls menstrual extraction (ME) "a powerful example of medical research done by women on and for ourselves." As the safest...