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Anne Maass, Mara Cadinu & Silvia Galdi

In: The SAGE Handbook of Gender and Psychology

Chapter 21: Sexual Harassment: Motivations and Consequences

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Sexual Harassment: Motivations and Consequences
Sexual Harassment: Motivations and Consequences
Anne MaassMara CadinuSilvia Galdi
Introduction

Imagine that you have recently met a man, about your age, whom you feel strongly attracted to. Heis waiting at the entrance of a restaurant, looking intensely at you while you cross the street. Asyou come close, he comments on how sexy you look, then puts his arm around your waist while you areentering the restaurant. Now imagine the exact same behaviors (staring at you, commenting on howsexy you look, and touching you) in a different context, performed by your male boss at work.Whereas you are likely to find the former situation extremely pleasant and exciting, you willprobably find the latter episode stressful, offensive, and potentially threatening. The key featurethat distinguishes harassing ...

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