Sexual Harassment: a Critique of the Discursive Practices of Women in the Home Improvement Industry
Walker, Helena M.
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This essay focuses on the women affected by sexual harassment and their lack of confrontation to sexually harassing behavior. According to Shereen Bingham, there are three different paradigms through which one can view sexual harassment. These paradigms include the feminist framework (concerned with the social impact of sexual harassment), the functionalist framework (concerned with the economic or scientific impact of sexual harassment) and the discursive framework (concerned with the normalization of sexual harassment) for analyzing sexual harassment. These are competing paradigms for understanding and preventing the sexual harassment of working women. No specific paradigm can fully articulate a unified conception of sexual harassment, but in accordance with one another the feminist and discursive frameworks can ultimately lead to better awareness of sexual harassment.