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date: 16 April 2024

Sexual Harassment. 

The Oxford Encyclopedia Women in World History
Carrie N. BakerCarrie N. Baker

Feminists in the United States coined the term “sexual harassment” in 1975 to describe men's sexual coercion and exploitation of women in the workplace. The term, in general use, has come to encompass a broad range of unwelcome sexual and gender-based behavior in a variety of contexts, including at the workplace, at educational institutions, in housing, and on the street. At its core, sexual harassment is the use of legal, economic, or social power to impose unwelcome sexual advances or to create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment based on sex. Sexual harassment is gendered in that women are more likely to be targets of sexual harassment because of men's legal, economic, and/or social dominance over females in most societies. Men have rarely been held legally accountable for sexual harassment because of male-dominated legal systems and stereotypes that blame female victims for provoking this behavior.... ...

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