ERIC Number: ED343069
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Aug
Gendered Voices: Students' Descriptions of Sexual Harassment and University Life.
Mulvey, Anne; And Others
Research suggests that male and female college students have different views of what constitutes sexual coercion and divergent standards for behavior in which they themselves would engage. It is likely that students experience different realities and perceive campus quality of life in different terms depending on their gender. An exploratory qualitative analysis was conducted to identify differences of perceptions and experiences of campus life as a function of gender. Open-ended, qualitative comments were obtained from college students (N=703--63% women, 37% men) as part of a larger structured survey investigating sexual harassment and general quality of life at a large state university in the northeast. Students were asked to describe one negative experience related to sexual harassment or campus life. A content analysis of comments revealed four content categories: sexual harassment or negative sexual experiences; other problems related to campus quality of life; reactions to the survey; and comments about an absence of problems. The majority of women reported incidents of gender-bias or sexual harassment. Few men wrote about gender or sexual harassment; most reported problems such as poor parking conditions, poor teaching, or harsh treatment by police. Women's comments about the survey were generally positive or neutral, while men's comments were negative, criticizing the research as irrelevant or offensive. Results suggest that students live in different gender cultures and operate with different values. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (99th, San Francisco, CA, August 16-20, 1991).