Reaction Paper to Michele A. Paludi's "Sexual Harassment in College and University Settings".

Essay by Daedalus43University, Bachelor'sA+, September 2003

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True or false? Many people believe that sexual harassment only involves physical assault. False! I don't know where Dr. Paludi got this red herring of a definition from so that she could attack it, but sexual harassment had always meant quid pro quo, grades for sex, or, in the workplace, sexual favors to get the job or a raise. In either case, force was rarely needed.

Regie T. has looked up both Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title IX of the Education Act of 1972, and even without input from the ongoing debate, I can see that according to federal law, sexual harassment is wide open to interpretation. College policies? Same unhelpful and confusing statements. Staring at students, complimenting them, calling them "dear", 'uncomfortable' witticism, having a lesson on the unclothed female figure--all these 'harassing' behaviors have been used to fire professors. Even fully consensual love affairs weren't safe, once some third party found out, got offended, and found time to complain.

I believe people do have a clear understanding of what constitutes sexual harassment all right.

True or false? Frequently individuals are told that sexual harassment is a rare occurence or that the campus has never filed for it against an individual. True. I inquired at Valley College's VP for Student Services and its response was that in the past five years, only two students had filed sexual harassment complaints against anybody, the last being in 2001. In my public speaking class at that institution last spring, I witnessed an incident where the instructor told a pregnant student to 'waddle down' to the front. The student said it wasn't funny, broke down in tears, and the instructor apologized. Previously, this student also cried when a guy called her fat. At the end of the...