Are Women Developing Immunity to the Sexual Harassment ‘Virus’?

TaxiScienceDaily reports:

Sexual harassment may have become so commonplace for women that they have built up resistance to harassing behavior they consider merely “bothersome,” suggests a provocative new study by Michigan State University researchers.This effect, said lead investigator Isis Settles, may be similar to the way people build up immunity to infection following exposure to a virus.

“When women view sexual harassment as bothersome, it doesn’t seem to be associated with distress,” said Settles, associate professor of psychology. “In some ways this suggests that sexual harassment is such a widespread problem that women have figured out ways to deal with it so it doesn’t interfere with their psychological well-being.”

For the study, which appears in the research journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, the researchers examined surveys of more than 6,000 women and men serving in all five branches of the U.S. military.

Sexual harassment was a problem for both sexes, the study found. More than 50 percent of women and nearly 20 percent of men reported at least one incident of sexual harassment during a 12-month period.

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  • http://twitter.com/agent139 James Curcio

    I have to wonder – how exactly are they defining “sexual harassment” in this context?

  • http://twitter.com/agent139 James Curcio

    I have to wonder – how exactly are they defining “sexual harassment” in this context?

  • http://facebook.com/rain.atherstone Rain Atherstone

    I was JUST walked out of my job the other day – b/c upper management wouldn’t acknowledge or investigate my complaints of a colleague harrassing & tampering with my work b/c I would not date him. This wasn’t just stressful, it’s infuriating, insulting and detrimental, as I’M the one out of a job/short rent. Now I have to wait for Labour Board to address this, leaving years of hanging in limbo for Justice.

  • http://profiles.google.com/stormz.therainmaker.rain Rain Stormz

    I was JUST walked out of my job the other day – b/c upper management wouldn’t acknowledge or investigate my complaints of a colleague harrassing & tampering with my work b/c I would not date him. This wasn’t just stressful, it’s infuriating, insulting and detrimental, as I’M the one out of a job/short rent. Now I have to wait for Labour Board to address this, leaving years of hanging in limbo for Justice.

  • GoodDoktorBad

    Considering how many couples I know that have met in the workplace and the paranoia associated with showing any kind of attraction to your opposite sex co-workers -I’d say alot more care and tact (in general) have been practiced lately in forming relationships at work with the opposite sex -whether romantic or otherwise.
    In the past, harassing women was seen almost as “sport” for some men and probably still is -for some.

    But the “I could lose my job” factor has forced alot of folk to take a second look at there behaviour and experience some “healthy shame” in regards to how they treat others.

  • Anonymous

    Considering how many couples I know that have met in the workplace and the paranoia associated with showing any kind of attraction to your opposite sex co-workers -I’d say alot more care and tact (in general) have been practiced lately in forming relationships at work with the opposite sex -whether romantic or otherwise.
    In the past, harassing women was seen almost as “sport” for some men and probably still is -for some.

    But the “I could lose my job” factor has forced alot of folk to take a second look at there behaviour and experience some “healthy shame” in regards to how they treat others.

  • justagirl

    sexual harassment in the workplace is very real. why, just the other day, one of my bosses leaned over my chair and told me to open my browser. i giggled nervously and told him i wasn’t wearing one. his face turned a shade of red and then he told me to open internet explorer to search for some kind of form – as if nothing had just happened! true story… i have to be on my guard all the time. it’s sad.

    • Guest4567

      I hope that was sarcasm.

    • GoodDoktorBad

      Stop, yer making Mario frisky…..

      • justagirl

        purrrrrr.

  • justagirl

    sexual harassment in the workplace is very real. why, just the other day, one of my bosses leaned over my chair and told me to open my browser. i giggled nervously and told him i wasn’t wearing one. his face turned a shade of red and then he told me to open internet explorer to search for some kind of form – as if nothing had just happened! true story… i have to be on my guard all the time. it’s sad.

  • Guest4567

    I hope that was sarcasm.

  • Guest4567

    Propaganda. Women are so used to it that they just choose to ignore it now, yeah, that is probably true, but also you have to pick your battles. It would be way too time-consuming and stressful to pursue every instance of sexual harassment. That does not mean it does not happen or that women accept it more. It is a waste of fucking time because the victim is the one who carries the burden, as seen in Rain Stormz instance. Also, I don’t think fear of losing one’s job really plays a part here as a preventative, seeing as though reprimands are few and far between… that is, unless you’ve been recording phone conversations, keeping notes, emails, etc and documenting every thing that happens every step of the way and often, which still does not ensure justice and also creates more stress along the way because again, the victim is doing all the legwork.

  • Guest4567

    Propaganda. Women are so used to it that they just choose to ignore it now, yeah, that is probably true, but also you have to pick your battles. It would be way too time-consuming and stressful to pursue every instance of sexual harassment. That does not mean it does not happen or that women accept it more. It is a waste of fucking time because the victim is the one who carries the burden, as seen in Rain Stormz instance. Also, I don’t think fear of losing one’s job really plays a part here as a preventative, seeing as though reprimands are few and far between… that is, unless you’ve been recording phone conversations, keeping notes, emails, etc and documenting every thing that happens every step of the way and often, which still does not ensure justice and also creates more stress along the way because again, the victim is doing all the legwork.

  • Anonymous

    Stop, yer making Mario frisky…..

  • http://www.talkietech.com/motorola-atrix-4g-accessories.html Kerneelsk

    Yes, especially in countries who does not focused on safe guarding women for sexual harassment or abuses.

  • Anonymous

    unless you were recording telephone calls, taking notes, emails, etc. and any document that is happening at each step of the way and often

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  • Anonymous

    unless you were recording telephone calls, taking notes, emails, etc. and any document that is happening at each step of the way and often

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  • justagirl

    purrrrrr.

  • guest

    What?  No, calling it bothersome is like calling it “fine”.  It still bothers me.

  • guest

    What?  No, calling it bothersome is like calling it “fine”.  It still bothers me.

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