Rethinking Adolescent Peer Sexual Harassment: Contributions of Feminist Theory

  title={Rethinking Adolescent Peer Sexual Harassment: Contributions of Feminist Theory},
  author={Nicole E. Conroy},
  journal={Journal of School Violence},
  pages={340 - 356}
  • N. Conroy
  • Published 18 June 2013
  • Sociology
  • Journal of School Violence
This article provides an integrative review of the literature on adolescent sexual harassment and highlights potential contributions of feminist theory for research. Although developmental theories for studying sexual harassment are useful in their own right, the discussion focuses on how they fail to address the ways in which sexual harassment serves to reinforce the socially constructed, privileged notions of heterosexual masculinity and femininity. The highlights and benefits of utilizing… 
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