Harassment Based on Sex: Protecting Social Status in the Context of Gender Hierarchy

  title={Harassment Based on Sex: Protecting Social Status in the Context of Gender Hierarchy},
  author={Jennifer L. Berdahl},
  journal={Academy of Management Review},
  • J. Berdahl
  • Published 1 April 2007
  • Sociology
  • Academy of Management Review
I conceptualize sex-based harassment as behavior that derogates an individual based on sex. I propose that sex-based harassment is fundamentally motivated by the harasser's desire to protect or enhance his or her own sex-based status, a desire that stems from the fact that social status is stratified by a system of gender hierarchy. This theory explains currently identified forms of sexual harassment and predicts others, including nonsexual harassment between women. 
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