Is Consent from Both Genders Considered as Sexual Harassment?

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IS CONSENT FROM BOTH GENDERS CONSIDERED AS SEXUAL HARASSMENT? BY: SUAIBATUL ASLAMIAH BINTI ISHAK

This essay will discuss critically on the topic of ‘Is consent from both genders considered as sexual harassment?’ Later this essay will also recommend some tips on how you should react and do in order for you to avoid being victims of sexual harassment. What is sexual harassment? Sexual harassment refers to comments, gestures, or physical contacts of a sexual nature that are deliberate, repeated and unwelcomed (Macionis, 2010). Sexual harassment is an act that can be done by one gender to another; however it is clearly seen that women are the one who often being sexually harassed whether in education environment like school and university or workplace. This statement can be proved by statistic made by United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), as for the year 2011, only 16.3% cases of sexual harassment that occurred in workplace were filed by men (‘U.S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’, 2011). This major difference showed that women are the one who being easily targeted but we must realise that sexual harassment occur within the two genders. So if there is existence of consent from both genders, can we consider the act as sexual harassment?

Quid pro quo is a Latin phrase that brings the meaning of ‘one thing in return for another’ (Macionis, 2010). Quid pro quo is the most suitable example to show whether consent from both genders can indicate an act as a type of sexual harassment or not. For instance, when a middle or low management worker is being asked to give sexual favours by their higher officers in order for him or her to achieve higher pay in their career, improve their position in the company or keep their job; the conduct of their higher officers can be define as a type of sexual harassment. Some people will possibly doubt this as the worker is the one who agrees to accept the offer but did the consent is obtained with their...
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