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 6: The history of sexual harassment

James K. Beggan


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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