Sexual Harassment Effects Body Esteem Essay

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Women are constantly faced with unwelcomed sexual harassment on a daily basis. According to a report from the American Association of University Women in 2005, statistics showed at least 62 percent of female college students have reported being sexually harassed at their university (17). Stephen Franzoi conducted a study observing young women on their body esteem and the connection between parent interaction and the everyday experiences they had in the case it had an effect on them. It was a two-study investigation based on sexism. Study 1 had shown fathers’ sexist beliefs were “positively correlated with daughters’ weight-related and physical condition body esteem” (1). Study 2 had also shown body esteem was linked to mild sexist…show more content…
It’s just a bit sad” (Simmons, Jake). The clothing provides extra caution and safety, but it is also making it acceptable for corrupt behavior. Instead of going after the problem directly, it is shaping women to get used to this harassment and to deal with it by buying specially made clothing. It is teaching women to be shameful of their bodies by hiding it in fear of being sexually assaulted. Nirvana member Kurt Cobain once stated that, “The problem with groups who deal with rape is that they try to educate women about how to defend themselves. What really needs to be done is teaching men not to rape,” in November 1991 when discussing one of his songs. However, instead of teaching men and young boys about the problems with harassment, programs like self-defense classes for women have been on the rise and more people have been joining. Self-defense classes are very educational, though. A study showed 12 percent of 117 women taking a self-defense class reported some form of sexual harassment. Compared to the 169 of the women not taking a self-defense class, 30 percent of those were harassed. These numbers show that the latter had nearly one in three women harassed. The study was conducted by UO sociologist Jocelyn Hollander. It shows self-defense classes are definitely helpful, and they are even as accessible as looking one up on YouTube for easy learning. Although again it is the thought that women are doing much more than men are to avoid sexual
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