(PDF) Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

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Running head: SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN THE WORKPLACESexual Harassment in the WorkplaceName of the Student:Name of the University:Author’s Note:
SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN THE WORKPLACE11.0 IntroductionSexual harassment can be considered as the uninvited sexual advance or any undesirablerequest in favor of sexual activity that makes a person feel insulted or offended (Sahgal andDang 2017). Some of the most common sexual harassing behavior include unwelcome staringand touching, passing jokes or comments, uninvited dating, request for having sex,uncomfortable questions about a person’s private body, sexual physical contact or even explicitsexual mails or SMS (Charlesworth 2017).The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) found in 2012 that one-third ofwomen and one-sixth of men reported sexual harassment in workplace in past four years.Moreover, the sexual harassment complaints have increased to 247 in 2016 from 186 in 2007(Alcorn 2017). In the year 2016, according to Australian Federal Police, 20% of men and 46% ofwomen employees were sexually harassed (Alcorn 2017). The statistics is provided infigure 1from where it can be observed that the sexual harassment activities are growing at a steady rate.Sexual harassment in workplace mostly impacts on paying attention while working andeven the victims skip group meetings or avoid being social (Sahgal and Dang 2017). Moreover,the emotional well-being of an individual is jeopardized, which finally leads to mental andphysical health issues associated with loss of appetite, sleep disturbances or even weightfluctuations (Sahgal and Dang 2017).
SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN THE WORKPLACE2Figure 1: Sexual Harassment Statistics in Australia(Source: Alcorn 2017)2.0 Theoretical Section2.1 Marxist FeminismAccording to Luxton (2014), Marxist feminism is considered as the sub-category offeminist ideology.It emphasizes on dismantling capitalism so thatoptimum liberty can be givento women.According to this feminist theory, social institutions that focus on capitalism andprivate property create the differences between genders, which lead to oppression among female.Moreover, Ferguson (2014) highlighted that Marxist feminism focuses on economic inequality,social dependence and unhealthy social relations between both genders. All these factors giverise to female oppression in the contemporarycontext of society. Therefore, it can be said that
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