Who is most likely to be a victim of sexual harassment? Is it the attractive female secretary? The attractive female employee by a man who is higher up in the organizational hierarchy? These are the stereotypes that many people hold but there may be qualities that some women have that make some men uncomfortable and this may result in sexual harassment. Learn more about this complex issue in this episode of The Psych Files.
…sexual harassment is driven not out of desire for women who meet feminine ideals but out of a desire to punish those who violate them.
Resources on Sexual Harassment
- Berdahl, J.L. (2007). Sexual Harassment of Uppity Women. Journal of Applied Psychology, 92 (2), 425–437.
- Maass, A., Cadinu, M., Guarnieri, G. & Grasselli, A.(2003). Sexual Harassment Under Social Identity Threat: The Computer Harassment Paradigm. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 2003, Vol. 85, No. 5, 853–870.
- Information about the Bem Sex Role Inventory.