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Hostile Environment

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Gwendolyn MinkProfessor of Political Science, University of California, Santa Cruz, USA

ISBN13: 9780801436444
ISBN: 0801436443
Published: July 2001
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Format: Hardback
Price: £36.50



According to Judge Susan Webber Wright, President Clinton's alleged behaviour towards Paula Jones, even if ""boorish and offensive"", did not constitute sexual harassment because he had taken ""no"" for an answer. Democrates and feminists argue that President Clinton's alleged lies in the Jones case were ""just about sex"" and therefore insignificant. In a defence of the rights of sexually harassed women, Gwendolyn Mink warns that Judge Wright and the president's supporters have undermined the USA's sexual harrassment laws. This text is her account of the harm being done to these laws and her warning that the laws themselves are worthless if, as in the current political climate, few women dare to use them.;Mink provides an analysis of sexual harassment as a legal concept and corrects many common misapprehensions. She also develops a stringent critique of feminist responses to allegations that the president lied in the Jones case. Throughout the book she emphasizes the significance of power in sexual harassment and also describes her own experience of sexual harassment as a graduate student - including her betrayal by faculty and fellow students who sought to discredit and dismiss her account.

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