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View Poll Results: Is Sexual Harassment a Gendered Issue?
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Old January 5th, 2018, 12:22 PM   #1

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Is Sexual Harassment a Gendered Issue?


Is Sexual Harassment a Gendered Issue?

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Old January 5th, 2018, 01:28 PM   #2

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I would have thought the answer fairly simple and straightforward. An absolute yes: male harassment of females, making up the vast majority of sexual harassment, anywhere in the world.
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Old January 5th, 2018, 01:29 PM   #3

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Yes. Gender definitions define the sexual harassment. If you can not gender assign the party to be harassed, then the harasser cannot direct the attention with any self-satisfying intent.
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Old January 5th, 2018, 02:12 PM   #4

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I say no. Traditionally, males have been more likely to harass females. As society transforms, whereby women are in power positions and continue to feel free to express their sexuality, I believe there will little difference based on gender and things will revolve more on personality, as it is a certain personality that feels it is acceptable to harass. As a side note, I just read an article in the local a paper about a male harassing his ex-boyfriend. So, in addition to gender, I don't believe sexual orientation is a deciding factor either. It really is about personal factors, such as an obsessive, power laden personality more than anything else.
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Old January 5th, 2018, 02:15 PM   #5

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I would have thought the answer fairly simple and straightforward. An absolute yes: male harassment of females, making up the vast majority of sexual harassment, anywhere in the world.
Well, according to this, women are harassed more often, but men find it more difficult to deal with:

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Military men who are targets of frightening and threatening sexual harassment may experience more distress and work performance problems than military women who face the same treatment,
https://www.sciencedaily.com/release...0327111518.htm

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Men who experience high levels of sexual harassment are much more likely than women to induce vomiting and take laxatives and diuretics in an attempt to control their weight, according to a surprising finding.
https://www.sciencedaily.com/release...0509104356.htm

One thing we need to keep in mind, though, is that a lot of men who are harassed are harassed by other men, and not so much by women. So, in terms of offenders, then perhaps it is more common to see it from men, but there are women who rape as well.

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Toronto police are looking for four female suspects who they say allegedly sexually assaulted a 19-year-old man.
19-year-old man sexually assaulted by four women in Toronto | National Post
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Old January 6th, 2018, 07:31 AM   #6

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I say no. Traditionally, males have been more likely to harass females. As society transforms, whereby women are in power positions and continue to feel free to express their sexuality, I believe there will little difference based on gender and things will revolve more on personality, as it is a certain personality that feels it is acceptable to harass. As a side note, I just read an article in the local a paper about a male harassing his ex-boyfriend. So, in addition to gender, I don't believe sexual orientation is a deciding factor either. It really is about personal factors, such as an obsessive, power laden personality more than anything else.
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Old January 6th, 2018, 07:39 AM   #7

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I would have thought the answer fairly simple and straightforward. An absolute yes: male harassment of females, making up the vast majority of sexual harassment, anywhere in the world.
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Okay(?)...

This claim often shocks me--that women are the main/overwhelming victims of "sexual harassment".

Have women that make such claims ever considered that they have only experienced the world as a woman and thus are not as personally effected by the other side (i.e. some women, in some instances display questionable to inappropriate sexual behavior toward men)? Also, even living as a women, it should be very clear that this occurs on both sides of the aisle just as for me, a male, can understand the situations you are referring to. Additionally, men making this claim I found downright baffling

You are attempting to establish a dynamic in which males (by-and-large) are chimpanzees while females (by-and-large) are angels. In reality, both males and females are highly flawed primates, the overwhelming majority of which are heterosexual and will be interested/attracted to the opposite sex. Men "hit on" women, and women "hit on" men. Now, this can sometimes express itself in a questionable to inappropriate manner, based on such factors relating to individuals--their Social IQ, how sexually aggressive they are, ect. ect. However, to single out one side and suggest that this is where the problem lies is highly problematic at best.

One doesn't have to look any further than how male celebrities, rock stars, ect. are socially treated to see that women/girls are easily just as capable of hyper-aggressive sexual advances and/or gawking that men/boys are. Am I to believe that this has escaped your notice? Also, you could go to any High School basketball/football game across the country and find a group of girls/cheering section openly displaying a rather high level of sexual interest in a one or a small group of males/boys on the team (Side Note: I used to play sports and was also a Security Guard for several years in which I would often do High School sporting events).

Now, anecdotally, I am a University senior, now in my mid-twenties, and I can tell you the types of "sexual harassment" that is largely claimed to be the primary experience of women is entirely commonplace toward me, many of my male friends, and other males I know of (at my age, it is generally understood that most people are not paired off yet (in the long-term, that is) and this "hitting on" the opposite sex is much more commonplace as compared to the "full-grown Adult" population). That is, I have often had my as' spanked/grabbed, girls intentionally brush up against you, at bars/when I used to go to parties girls come up (uninvited) and start grinding/dancing on your genitalia, touch my chest/shoulders/arms/legs (near my genitals)/ect. (uninvited), maintain very strong, sexually charged eye contact, "cat called", ect. ect. ect. Now, many of these situations listed (although questionable and in some instances begin to "cross a line") for the most part I view them as quite benign (and in some cases flattering actually--depending on what happened) would only consider it "sexual harassment (or the like)" under a few conditions (or else there is a large problem with "Crying Wolf"):

A) The situation was so unpleasant and/or highly repetitive that the male felt the need to let them know that they have personal boundaries, and then they still continued (e.g. if a girl touches a males chest (uninvited), the male lets them know that goes beyond their comfort zone, and then the girl still does it again, and again, and again, ect. (and other similar examples based on some of the situations I listed above amongst others)

B ) Something way too forward happened (e.g. they grabbed a males genetalia with their hand (uninvited))

What are your thoughts on this?
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Mah ... generally women don't harass, they use the male desire to control men. Men overpower women, women subjugate men.

From a psychological perspective this is simple to explain: the man penetrates, the woman covers, subsumes, controls ... human mind is very simple, mundane and direct when basic functions are involved.

There are dominating women who want to play a masculine role with reference with the other gender, but they are a minority.
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Old January 6th, 2018, 07:48 AM   #9

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Mah ... generally women don't harass, they use the male desire to control men. Men overpower women, women subjugate men.

From a psychological perspective this is simple to explain: the man penetrates, the woman covers, subsumes, controls ... human mind is very simple, mundane and direct when basic functions are involved.

There are dominating women who want to play a masculine role with reference with the other gender, but they are a minority.
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First, I think you have made some noteworthy observations.

Second, what generation are you of? As, based on my reading of your response, I do not think you seem to be aware of how different social dynamics are today for the upcoming generations largely due to the effect of Neo-Feminism (Fyi, I am a Millennial)
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@AlpinLuke

First, I think you have made some noteworthy observations.

Second, what generation are you of? As, based on my reading of your response, I do not think you seem to be aware of how different social dynamics are today for the upcoming generations largely due to the effect of Neo-Feminism (Fyi, I am a Millennial)
My niece was born in 1998 ... no, I'm not a Millennial, I was born in 1972.

The basics of human behaviors don't change from a generation to an other, anyway, culture acts.

Probably [I'm in contact with Millennials and I do note a more "active" attitude by girls, also a certain attitude to violence ... they don't mind to fight ... once it was a male matter], how do you see the aggressive behavior of young girls today?
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