ERIC Number: ED381444
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
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Power, Consent, and Adolescent Sexual Harassment.
This paper reviews the literature and case law related to the issue of sexual harassment of females and specifically focuses on the adolescent female in the public middle school setting. The controversial thesis statement the researcher explored was: "sexual harassment is a manifestation of the ubiquitous power imbalance between men and women that is an essential part of the institution of compulsory heterosexuality. Any and all attempts, by laws, policies, or educational programs to eradicate sexual harassment will remain largely necessary but not sufficient until the root cause, power imbalance, is recognized." The study: (1) analyzes the relevant notions of power; (2) describes the relationship between gender and power; (3) considers the characteristics of the legal view of sexual harassment, especially within a school setting; and (4) examines sexual harassment in schools in terms of power. The power differential seen in schools is a reflection of the notion of power in existence in the larger society. (EH)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Case Law; Consent; Power
Note: Paper presented at the Meeting of the Northeastern Educational Research Association (Ellenville, NY, October 1994).