Sexual Harassment, the Abuse of Power and the Crisis of Leadership
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Sexual Harassment, the Abuse of Power and the Crisis of Leadership

"Superstar" Harassers and how to Stop Them

James K. Beggan

Within these pages James K. Beggan puts forward a novel approach to understanding sexual harassment by high value superstars in the workplace. The approach integrates ideas derived from evolutionary theory, utility theory, sexual scripting theory and research on the regulation of emotion. Besides providing a better understanding of the phenomenon, the book aims to contribute to the development of better techniques to prevent sexual harassment. 
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Chapter 5: Sexual harassment as a social problem

James K. Beggan


Although women have always been the recipients of unwanted sexual attention, the concept of sexual harassment as a phenomenon that occurred in the workplace came into existence in the late 1970s. This chapter asserts that because the sexual harassment accusations against Donald Trump did not prevent him from being elected President, women experienced a collective rage that was released a year later as a result of sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey Weinstein and manifested itself in the development of the #MeToo movement and other forms of hashtag activism. This chapter also suggests that factors such as the massive scale of modern economies and personality traits known as the Dark Triad can inadvertently create superstar sexual harassers. Conservative and hypocritical attitudes about sexuality are identified as factors that contribute to sexual harassment. Out-of-court financial settlements, along with non-disclosure agreements, are identified as problematic solutions to sexual harassment because they contribute to a shadow of secrecy.

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