‘Sexual Harassment’ lecture slides present the notion that we are “learning how to operate with the world of image”. I believe these are very powerful words for understanding why sexual harassment might still be present in the workplace. Women might be simply taught to tactfully avoid such situations or to report them in the workplace, but might not be empowered to a point where they no longer have to be worry about such a situation happening to them in the workplace. In order for such empowerment to happen it is necessary for both genders to be trained. Everybody has to be taught from their schooling that sexual harassment is a crime. Sexual harassment is not restricted to the female gender as it can also happen to the male gender. So protection against sexual harassment must be taught as an individual right. It should not be advocated for as a defence for one of the genders. A false image is often created. Women must be taught to defend themselves, but when teaching about sexual harassment, both the genders must be involved. Teaching it to only one gender makes it a gender specific thing.
Another reason for its continued presence is because of how sexual harassment is handled. In the workplace it is being handled by legal means. There were workplace policies and there are legal measures that seek to help the person who is undergoing such harassment. There are rules that are clearly defined for handling harassment. I believe this form of workplace structuring with rules and all came into existence only because of the never-ending woes of harassment. However, when rules are created, women end up taking a passive role.They cannot define how they want workplace policies to be with respect to harassment. They are not given the freedom to choose how the workplace should be and how they would like to feel safe in the workplace. Organizations end up taking legislation and then making use of it in order to make rules for the work place. Organizations should focus on taking in input from their employees but this is something they rarely do.