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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: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 23 2014, @06:19AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 23 2014, @06:19AM (#97049)

    looking like whores at workplace... That is, dressing in a fashion that is designed to draw looks.

    Now, if some people dress deliberately as whores, the only message to others is "look at me, I fuck some in unimaginable ways, but not *you*".

    There is no reason to "tempt" or remind those that have come of age, or do not look "good", what they are deprived of,

    Speak for yourself. I like looking at them, I don't care that they fuck others and won't fuck me. Now if they complained about others looking at them and enjoying the way they look then they're being unreasonable. Worse if they complained only about some looking at them (e.g. they're only fine if those they find attractive look at them, and they expect the rest to not).

    I like looking at beautiful scenery, cute puppies/bunnies, etc. I also like looking at cute, beautiful, slutty and elegant ladies.

    As you yourself say - youth and beauty fades and only lasts a short while for most. So it seems logical to me that you should make the most of it while you have it. So you young beautiful ones, don't be discouraged by the prudes BUT beware of the assholes, perverts and dangerous violent ones[1].

    [1] Some supposed prudes actually fall in the violent perverted assholes category - just take a close look at the religious police in some countries (I wonder about some of the FBI too - they seem to have a rather strange focus when supposedly "battling child porn").