Sexual Harassment: From the Personal to the Political

  • June Larkin Ontario Institute for Studies in Education

Abstract

In this paper, the author explores, through her personal experience, the sexual politics that underlie sexual harassment. Through the documentation and analysis of the incidents of sexual harassment that she experienced over four months, she discusses the impact of sexual harassment on women's lives. She demonstrates how women's experiences of sexual harassment are sifted through a patriarchal filter, and argues that theories developed from women's versions of their personal experiences are an essential step to usurping male dominance. In keeping with the belief that "the personal is political," she stresses the need for feminist researchers to affirm their connection to other women by examining their own experience as part of the research process.
Published
1991-10-01
Section
Ad Feminam