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 10: Sexual harassment and the future: where do we go from here?

James K. Beggan


The problem of sexual harassment is exacerbated by unrealistic assumptions people have about marriage, love, and sex. Chief among these unwarranted assumptions is an idealized view of marriage that portrays a permanent legal union between two people as a reliable source of lifelong happiness. The benefits of monogamous marriage are exaggerated whereas the advantages of non-monogamous alternatives are downplayed. Another problem stems from the stigma associated with prostitution as a direct exchange of sex for money, which would serve as a victimless crime and leave both the prostitute and the customer in a benefitted state. Although more recent conceptualizations of sexual harassment are sympathetic to the positon of women, they run the risk of inadvertently endorsing the segregation of men and women in the workplace, the reinforcement of conventionality, and the belief in women’s inherent fragility.

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