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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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Gay Male Liberation Post Oncale

Gay Male Liberation Post Oncale

Since When Is Sexualized Violence Our Path to Liberation?

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(p.221) 15 Gay Male Liberation Post Oncale
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Directions in Sexual Harassment Law
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Christopher N. Kendall

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300098006.003.0016

This chapter discusses Oncale in greater detail and examines the role of homophobia in propping up the inequalities central to the sex discrimination MacKinnon challenges. In her book Sexual Harassment of Working Women, she writes, within the context of gay male sexual harassment: “It would be strange, if efficient, if a landmark sexual harassment case were decided in a homosexual context, simultaneously recognizing that sexual harassment and employment deprivation in a same-sex context can be sex discrimination. But stranger things have happened than a simultaneous legal precedent for gays and for women sexually harassed by men—for reasons deriving from that moment in sexism where male supremacy and homophobia converge.” MacKinnon's foregrounding of the role of homophobia as a “weapon of sexism” has received little if any attention from the judiciary.

Keywords:   homophobia, Oncale, inequalities, gay male, homosexual context, employment deprivation, same-sex context, sexism, male supremacy, weapon of sexism

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