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October 25, 2011

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Brandon

Very much agreed.

Part of the problem, I think, is the slow shift in the article from talking about sexual harassment as involving "the unfair application of power used by someone against another" to treating it as only actually occurring when someone feels that they are relatively powerless (if it even occurs then), to treating it as only occurring when someone is described as feeling powerless: it ends up being all description all the way down. Even the Gallop case, the one real-life case considered, is treated entirely in terms of the way it is described by Gallop herself. I suppose if real life is treated as all description, it's not too big a leap to shift to fiction, which is all description, too.

But in full disclosure, I have to say that Gallop's book, besides arguing for what I think is a ludicrously crude and simplistic account of sexual harassment (without any regard to the 'harassment' part or even longstanding worries about conflating sexual harassment with sexual discrimination), seems to me one long and thoroughly nauseating bit of self-aggrandizement and self-congratulation in which she attempts to avoid criticism by shoving feminism into the path of the bullet. So the author of the post started entirely on the wrong set of points to gain any sympathy from me.

Servetus

Thank you; I'm grateful for this post.

I think it's hard for people who haven't been harassed (i.e., who haven't been the unwilling object of such action) to understand fully how unbelievably destructive it is, or to understand how suddenly the lines of agency and capacity to act or even to will something change in such situations. No one who'd ever experienced that would argue that the rules should change, the erotic quality of many such relationships notwithstanding.

Kaleberg

Someone is definitely confused, even within the terms of the movie. The fictional Tracy Flick was the innocent victim as best I could tell. There wasn't any student-teacher seduction, in either direction, in the movie if I remember.

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