Sexual Harassment1





Injustices in this world infect people’s lives like diseases. One in particular has not only developed over the years, but cases spring up in the most unthought of places. This injustice commonly known as sexual harassment affects women, children, and occasionally men all across the globe. There are many aspects when it comes to sexual harassment including its background, opposing viewpoints on the popular belief, the popular viewing, sexual harassment in today’s society, solutions to the problem, and what the future would be like without this injustice on the world’s hands.
Sexual harassment has existed since the beginning of mankind. It was never considered a problem as it is in today’s society because values and principals in the past were extremely different. This injustice is just recently, in the past fifty years, becoming known as a problem, so it may seem as if it has come out of nowhere. In fact it has always existed, just never addressed. Up until the 1960’s women were only thought of as house wives and never had the right to think for themselves. Women began to stand up for rights in the sixties and feminism soared during this decade. By the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, this injustice was made illegal. In this proclamation sexual harassment is ‘clearly’ defined as “unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitutes sexual harassment when submission to or rejection of this conduct explicitly or implicitly affect’s on individual’s work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment” (U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission). Harassers are known to be anyone, but the public seems to target teachers, professors, and employers as common offenders. Harassers can do a lot more than just physically hurt their victims. The embarrassment, shame, anxiety and other emotional problems that inevitably occur from being sexual harassed is disturbing and infuriating. Sexual harassment occurs anywhere a person could go; is that not a scary thought to people, especially women, everywhere? Knowing this statement is true makes sexual harassment an injustice that needs to be stopped.
People refute sexual harassment as an injustice and claim behavior is just a part of human nature. Sexual harassment “…is everywhere, whether it is there or not” (Willis). People who believe this statement add that it is futile to attack behavior that is in the range of normal human response. A theory concerning a man’s need to pursue a woman in order to rise from rejection to acceptance in repeated trials is what opposing views claim. Woman also are said to want this type of attention and reject only to stimulate either or both of the two involved. Therefore concluding that sexual harassment is among people in daily situations, and conflicts such as the one exampled, should not target harassers for the over-dramatization of the victim.
It seems incomprehensible excuses are made for sexual harassment, but that is all they are excuses, not reasons. This injustice puts victims into a wave of emotional distress. “Woman know what sexual harassment is. It’s when your neck hairs stand up…when you feel like you’re being stalked” (Kantrowitz 35). People making claims that human nature should not be illegal must not know or have someone close to them be a victim of sexual harassment. Men should know when women cry out NO! they are not secretly meaning yes. Not to mention sexual harassers may openly provide better grades, job opportunities, etc, if the women would grant him a sexual favor. Hence, sexual harassment indeed is an injustice and excuses in opposing viewpoints can clearly be refuted.

If anything, sexual harassment is assumed to have increased over the years and has become rampant in schools. Victims and people involved are actually fit into categories in how he or she handles the problem, which leads to why sexual harassment is an injustice that keeps growing. The victim may tell herself she can handle the situation and to others it may look as if she can handle herself or maybe she is too scared of running her mouth. Strange enough, “some people are jealous of the attention the victim is getting or think it is just some big joke” (Black 46). Occasionally in the school sense,