Women Less Affected by Sexual Harassment Than Men
After surveying more than 6,000 males and females, researchers from Michigan State University concluded that women see sexual harassment as more of a bother than men, who are more likely to find it "distressing."
The study involved questioning each of the participants about various situations, including making offensive jokes and touching someone inappropriately.
Although the findings may be surprising, researchers think they could be attributed to the fact that women have grown used to sexual harassment and have thus become more immune to it.
"When women view sexual harassment as bothersome, it doesn't seem to be associated with distress," lead researcher Isis Settles, a Michigan State associate professor of psychology, said in a statement. "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."
Women said they would feel distressed if they thought the harassment were frightening, which would then put them in the same category as the men.
But aren't men supposed to be strong and fearless? Settles doesn't doubt it, but believes that guys "typically haven't had a lifetime of experiences dealing with sexual harassment and may not know how to deal with it when it happens to them."
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