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posted by janrinok on Monday September 22 2014, @04:28AM   Printer-friendly
from the ashamed dept.

Margaret C. Hardy reports that the life sciences have recently come under fire with a study that investigated the level of sexual harassment and sexual assault of trainees in academic fieldwork environments and found that 71% of women and 41% of men respondents experienced sexual harassment, while 26% of women and 6% of men reported experiencing sexual assault. The research team also found that within the hierarchy of academic field sites surveyed, the majority of incidents were perpetrated by peers and supervisors. "More often it is the men of one’s own field team, one’s co-workers, who violate their female colleagues," writes A. Hope Jahren:

There is a fundamental and culturally learned power imbalance between men and women, and it follows us into the workplace. The violence born of this imbalance follows us also. We would like to believe that it stops short of following us into the laboratory and into the field — but it does not. I listen to my colleagues talk endlessly about recruiting more women into STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines, and postulate what the barriers might be. Sexual assault is a pernicious and formidable barrier to women in science, partly because we have consistently gifted to it our silence. I have given it 18 years of my silence and I will not give it one day more.

Many of us work in fields related to this study - what are your experiences?

 
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  • (Score: 3, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 22 2014, @07:52AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 22 2014, @07:52AM (#96644)

    The definition of "sexual abuse" has gone from molesting to unwanted advances and flirting. Basically, from actual abuse to what a woman doesn't like.

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  • (Score: 2) by mtrycz on Monday September 22 2014, @08:39AM

    by mtrycz (60) on Monday September 22 2014, @08:39AM (#96655)

    Only that TFS clearly states that 26% of women reported sexual [i]assault[/i].

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    • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 22 2014, @01:55PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 22 2014, @01:55PM (#96760)

      what the AC said is correct though, women in western society (mostly North America) now say its assault if you even go so far as to ask them if they would like to have a drink after work. this SJW bullshit really needs to end, its nothing more than mental illness.

  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by Atatsu on Monday September 22 2014, @02:19PM

    by Atatsu (4251) on Monday September 22 2014, @02:19PM (#96774)

    And why shouldn't it? Why in the hell should a person have to put up with getting hit on when they're going to their friggin job? Seriously. They go there to work. Not hook up. Most of us can't know what it's like to go to a place of employment and have to worry about fending off assholes who think everything is up for grabs.

    • (Score: 1, Insightful) by pnkwarhall on Monday September 22 2014, @04:14PM

      by pnkwarhall (4558) on Monday September 22 2014, @04:14PM (#96817)

      So I should avoid personal relationships at the location I spend 1/3+ of my life. Sounds reasonable.

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      • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 22 2014, @09:27PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 22 2014, @09:27PM (#96934)

        So I should avoid personal relationships at the location I spend 1/3+ of my life. Sounds reasonable.

        Actually, if you work a normal 40-hour work week you spend less than 25% of your time on the job. Even less if you have vacation time and holidays off. As for whether you should avoid personal relationships at work, that will have to be left up to your best judgement. Sometimes working with your significant other can be great, sometimes less so. In any case, if your female co-workers want to keep their relationship with you strictly professional, I'm afraid that you will have to respect that. Trying to press the issue is career suicide.

        • (Score: 1) by pnkwarhall on Tuesday September 23 2014, @12:34AM

          by pnkwarhall (4558) on Tuesday September 23 2014, @12:34AM (#96978)
          In the American cinema I grew up with, "pressing the issue" seemed to be the ultimately successful way to "get the girl". Maybe this has something to do with the confusion, and resulting problems, about the best way to pursue romantic relationships in the workplace.

          But my use of the term "personal relationships" was an intentional allusion to my own experience that many meaningful relationships, romantic or otherwise, are borne of the massive investment of time in close-quarters that we experience at our jobs. My experiences in the US Navy in the early 2000s (co-ed ships only started being common after the late 90s) have led me to believe that the current so-called "sexual harassment" trend is the growing pains of a fairly modern co-ed workplace with an ever-increasing ratio of women-to-men.

          A common response to these troubles, that one should avoid personal relationships with the opposite sex in favor of a purely "professional" relationship, seem to me to be administrative knee-jerks, instead of realistic solutions.

          [...]left up to your best judgement

          Easier said than done, especially in romantic matters. But it will become easier with time, as the co-ed workplace matures.

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          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 23 2014, @06:07PM

            by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 23 2014, @06:07PM (#97276)

            In the American cinema I grew up with, "pressing the issue" seemed to be the ultimately successful way to "get the girl". Maybe this has something to do with the confusion, and resulting problems, about the best way to pursue romantic relationships in the workplace.

            I think the source of your confusion is that you are mistaking American cinema for real life. Much of what you see on the big screen is fiction. Even when the story is purported to be "based on a true story", the story line has often been finessed somewhat to make it more interesting for the viewing audience.

            A common response to these troubles, that one should avoid personal relationships with the opposite sex in favor of a purely "professional" relationship, seem to me to be administrative knee-jerks, instead of realistic solutions.

            If she wants to keep it professional, I'm afraid that you don't have much choice. Ignoring her wishes on the matter will likely earn you an uncomfortable meeting with the head of your company's HR Department. Of course, you could try to gamble that she will eventually come 'round, but in my experience that is not what is likely to happen.

            [...]left up to your best judgement

            Easier said than done, especially in romantic matters. But it will become easier with time, as the co-ed workplace matures.

            Yes, easier said than done, especially when it comes to romantic matters. On the other hand, I have my doubts that it will become easier as the co-ed workplace matures. The rules of the road are already being laid down now and it doesn't look good for those who want to romance where they work. Just sayin'.

            BTW, thank you for your service to the nation.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 22 2014, @04:21PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 22 2014, @04:21PM (#96821)

    The definition of "sexual abuse" has gone from molesting to unwanted advances and flirting. Basically, from actual abuse to what a woman doesn't like.

    Dude! If you are regularly doing things at work that "a woman doesn't like" then you are almost certainly not doing your job well. How the hell can you even manage to hold a job for any length of time? Just sayin'.