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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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Perspective on Sexual Harassment Law

Perspective on Sexual Harassment Law

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Directions in Sexual Harassment Law

Guido Calabresi

Yale University Press

This chapter presents the key question, as the author here argues, that must be asked regarding sexual harassment: How do we end the inequality of the sexes? The issue is not only how to end inequality, but what kind of equality we want. The traditional way in which equality is offered is the equality of the melting pot. You will get equality, you whoever are unequal and dominated now, if you adhere to the stereotype of the dominant culture. In other words, you will get equality on their terms. In the case of women, they will be equal, perhaps, if they adhere to male stereotypes. More on point for sexual harassment law, if we end the sexual double standard, if everyone behaves the way men stereotypically behaved, even if we achieve equality in some sense, have we gotten anything that we truly want?

Keywords:   inequality, equality, melting pot, male stereotypes, sexual harassment law, sexual double standard

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