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USE FOR REFERENCE OR GUIDANCE ONLYSexual Harassment and how it relates psychoanalytical and conflict theoriesThe issue of sexual harassment has been prevalent throughout this country from the office of the President of the United States throughout military services and among educational institutions Sexual harassment is a form of discrimination and although it is an offense committed by both females and males in assorted measures it is predominately committed by males against females I will attempt to explain the causes and solutions of this issue and briefly describe some similarities and differences using the perspectives of psychology and sociology views I will use Sigmund Freuds psychoanalytic theory and the conflict theory described in our course materials The concept of sexual harassment has been around since the mid-1970s The term was coined most likely by feminist legal theorist Catharine MacKinnon and soon gained recognition in the court In 1986 the Supreme Court gave its unanimous blessing to a sexual harassment law in Meritor v Vinson a case in which a bank teller alleged that her supervisor pressured her into a sexual relationship Young 1998 p 25 Sexual harassment had basically been dormant until October 1991 when Anita Hill alleged that her boss Clarence Thomas at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission had occasionally asked her out talked about porno movies and joked about a pubic hair on a soda can Anita Hill testified at the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings that would appoint him to the Supreme Court Justices and American developed a dominant paradigm of sexual harassment The statistical references to sexual harassment grew from fewer than 1500 in 1990 to more than 8000 in 1992 and nearly 15000 in 1994 Young 1998 p 25 State worker Paula Corbin Jones accused President William Jefferson Clinton in a sexual harassment case the alleged behavior occurred when he was the Governor of Arkansas That case was dismissed and prompted Americans to have conversation and dialogue of exactly what constituted sexual
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