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Sexual Harassment in the United States

Analyzing the Hostile Environment


Mary Welek Atwell

This work traces the historical and legal developments surrounding the public awareness of sexual harassment in the United States. The book looks at the issue from a theoretical perspective, analyzes relevant Supreme Court decisions, and discusses the reactions to the testimony of Anita Hill. It further examines sexual harassment in academic settings and the special issues that relate to sexual misconduct in the military. After considering the nexus between sexual harassment and politics, the book concludes with thoughts on the lasting impact of the #MeToo movement.

Introduction – Patriarchy and Sexual Harassment – The Supreme Court Discovers Sexual Harassment – The Supreme Court Revisits Sexual Harassment – Sexual Harassment as a Television Drama: The Story of Anita Hill – Sexual Harassment in the Groves of Academe – Sexual Harassment in the Hostile Military Environment – Politics, Politicians, and Sexual Harassment – Sexual Harassment Then, Now, and After #MeToo.