Sexual Harassment a Blessing or a Curse to Society

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University Of Ghana
Faculty of Social Studies
Department Of Social Work

Sowk 605: Social Issues in Contemporary Ghana
Topic: Sexual Harassment a Blessing or a Curse to society?

Presented By: Amy Asiedu
Lecturer: Dr Dan-Bright Dzorbo

Introduction
There have been many ambiguities surrounding what actually constitutes sexual harassment and how it differs from other sexual advances. If one simply looks at a dictionary’s definition of harassment it means “annoying or unpleasant behaviour towards someone that takes place regularly"(Macmillan English Dictinary, 2002), it is clear that such behaviour towards a colleague is undesirable and could undermine morale and productivity. If one adds the sexual dimension, with its personal, psychological, moral and marital implications, the problem becomes much more complex.
Events currently identified as sexual harassment were considered personal and attracted individual solutions before the 1970’s. Since 1976, sexual harassment has been highlighted by feminist, trade unionist and later human right activists who have succeeded in making it a social problem (Britwum and Anokye, 2006). Thus, satisfying the condition that a social problem must be identified by a significant proportion of the population (Ritzer, 1975).
The natural or biological origin of sexual harassment is based on the good old fashion idea of attraction between two people. Also, the issue about men possessing the bigger sex drives is another factor which causes them to aggressively approach women with sexual comments or intentions (www.arizona.edu/ic/mcbride/ws2oo/tiep_viol.htm).
According to Meeks and Heit (2001), sexual harassment is an unwanted sexual behaviour that ranges from making sexual comments to forcing another person into unwanted sexual acts. In 1980 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)…...

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