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Sexual Harassment: United States
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Issues of gender and sexual harassment are usually more numerous and pervasive than simple definitions and legal codes suggest. For example, women sometimes find themselves both objects and subjects of lewd conversation and/or music, which is also a form of sexual harassment as it is deliberately directed to women to intimidate them. They may find themselves hugged, kissed, and physically handled and included in sexual/sensual talk as a part of understood everyday “collegiality” – another form of gender harassment. Muslim women, self-identified by pronouncement or dress (h…

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McCloud, Aminah Beverly, “Sexual Harassment: United States”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 23 October 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0198g>
First published online: 2009



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