[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Because television has the potential to shape cultural beliefs about both sexual norms and appropriate workplace behavior,
it seems important to examine TV’s portrayal of “sexual etiquette” in the workplace. In a content analysis of two episodes
of every primetime comedy aired on all broadcast and cable networks during fall 2000, we coded every sexual remark and behavior
made in a workplace scene. Across all networks, 85 percent of programs and one in four workplace interactions contained some
type of sexual content. Overall, a viewer is likely to hear eleven sexual remarks and see two to three sexual behaviors in
a workplace setting per hour; this jumps to twenty-three remarks and nine behaviors on cable networks. Sexual remarks were
mostly explicit, made in an office setting, by White men, and were rarely (1.4%) about sexual harassment or discrimination.
Although sexual content in the workplace was generally less common on broadcast than cable networks, a broadcast network (Fox)
actually had the highest overall rate, with sexual content in 38 percent of workplace scenes. Given that research suggests
that TV teaches youth about sexuality and cultivates sexual attitudes and beliefs consistent with televised portrayals, it
is alarming that youth may learn from television that sex in the workplace is not only commonplace, but also to be tolerated
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: This study defines contrapower harassment in academia as student incivility, bullying, and sexual attention aimed at faculty.
A U.S., Alaskan sample of 399 professors (50% women, 88% white) at the state’s largest public university was surveyed about
their experience with contrapower harassment. Although men reported more sexual attention from students and comparable levels
of student incivility–bullying, women reported that such behaviors were more upsetting and had a greater negative impact on
their health and work-lives; they were also more likely to take action following such experiences than men. Tenure-track faculty
appear to be at increased risk of student hostility. Discussion focuses on how gender and other markers of socio-cultural
or institutional power relate to the experience of contrapower harassment.
Sex Roles 02/2009; 60(5):331-346. · 1.47 Impact Factor