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5.0 out of 5 stars About Time!, January 16, 2000
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This review is from: Heterophobia: Sexual Harassment and the Future of Feminism (American Intellectual Culture) (Hardcover)
This was an extremely valuable book that exposes the sexual harassment industry for what it is- a self-serving, dangerous bureaucracy, backed by heavy-handed governmental policies, that routinely runs roughshod over the rights of the accused. I read this book after a close colleague, an almost asexual, thoughtful man who is the exact antithesis of a sexual harasser, was accused of SH and subject to endless investigation. He was accused by a female underling who didn't even bother to come up with a single instance when the accused man even mentioned sex, even in the most tangential way. The effects have been devastating nonetheless. Trying to come to grips with what happened to this unfortunate man, I stumbled upon Dr. Patai's book. Frighteningly, I learned that the definition of SH is expanding so widely that even complimenting a female subordinate for a good paper, or a good term report (by a student) is now among the events that can lead to an SH charge! This is just one of countless ways that the SH industry is trampling the rights of accused, encouraging ever more charges, and destroying careers.
I don't agree with everything Patai says. She is weakest when she goes beyond the empirical reality of the current situation and tries to explain it as a feminist conspriracy. None of this takes away from her exposure of the disturbing truth behind the SH industry.
Read this book. Stop these people!
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