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Work it, Mom! Monday!

This week I bring you some sobering statistics on sexual harassment, girls, and how feminism help them. For reals.

We’d like to think that we live in a more enlightened age. Or even that the threat of legal action keeps people in line, but in reality sexual harassment is still something that women and girls have to deal with on a daily basis. My personal experience with harassment ended when I left high school. O…M…G…was high school a gauntlet of harassment! Yet I was totally unprepared to deal with it. Honestly I don’t think I knew that I could deal with it. I graduated high school in 1993, a mere one year after Anita Hill brought the topic to the forefront. Even more honestly, the only framework I had for harassment was an episode of “Three’s Company” when Chrissy’s boss kept chasing her around a desk!

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I've decided to copy a few other NLCM'ers and post where I'm commenting as a way to keep myself organized. Unfortunately I think I did comment elsewhere today and can't remember.

Today's NaLeavCoMo comments:
1. Chicana on the Edge
2. This Woman's Work
3. Hijas Americanas
4. Mamalicious! (and a peek at my next post)
5. Infertility on the Brain!

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Comments

Dani L said…
Great post.

As for solutions - we teach our kids that hitting anywhere/touching someone in their "private areas"/etc is not appropriate. If anyone - including a boy or a girl says "no thank you" or "I don't like that" - you are to stop immediately, apologize and not to do it again.

I include boys because boys get pushed around and harassed as much as girls but don't like to talk about it... usually it is in the context of the "boys will be boys" type of play - I say that aggression is aggression...and some games that boys play can turn into kids holding each other down and frightening them to pieces (we are dealing with such an issue right now...)

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