"Superstar" Harassers and how to Stop Them
Chapter 6: The history of sexual harassment
This chapter discusses the origin of the term and concept of sexual harassment as it was developed during the 1970s to become viewed as a form of sex-based discrimination. Important events in the timeline of sexual harassment include Anita Hill’s allegations of sexual harassment against Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky scandal, the settlements against Fox News CEO Roger Ailes and talk show host Bill O’Reilly, and the rape accusations against Bill Cosby. Most recently, the accusations against Donald Trump and Harvey Weinstein can be viewed as inspiring hashtag activism in the form of the #MeToo movement. Feminist explanations for sexual harassment in terms of the exercise of patriarchal power are contrasted to evolutionary ones based on the way that men have historically used the acquisition of resources as a means of attracting women as potential sex partners.
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