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Directions in Sexual Harassment Law$
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Catharine A. MacKinnon and Reva B. Siegel

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780300098006

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300098006.001.0001

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Introduction: A Short History of Sexual Harassment

Introduction: A Short History of Sexual Harassment

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(p.1) Introduction: A Short History of Sexual Harassment
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Directions in Sexual Harassment Law
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Reva B. Siegel

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300098006.003.0001

This book studies the ways in which history can affect our understanding of sexual harassment. It describes the historical foundations of the conversation regarding the nature of sexual harassment, a conversation that continues without sign of diminishing, in the workplace and the popular press, as well as in such academic fora as the conference from which this book grew. The author's objective here is to invite reflection, not only about sexual harassment, but also about the law of sex discrimination itself. By examining the process through which a persistent and pervasive practice came to be recognized as discrimination “on the basis of sex,” we learn much about what law does when it recognizes discrimination.

Keywords:   sexual harassment, historical foundations, workplace, popular press, sex discrimination, pervasive practice, law

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