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Sexual Harassment and the Legacy of Anita Hill: Where Are We Now

Posted on the 10 October 2011 by Juliez
Anita Hill

Anita Hill

This Saturday (October 15th) I will be speaking at the conference “Sex, Power and Speaking Truth: Anita Hill 20 Years Later”. I’m going to be representing our generation and speaking about our relationship with sexual harassment, exploring concepts such as how our generation feels about sexual harassment, whether or not we feel it’s a relevant issue, how technological advancements play a role in sexual harassment, etc.

Now, I’ve  thought a lot about this and formed my own opinions on this matter, which I’ll share at the conference (and will probably post a video of at a later date), but I want to take this opportunity to open this topic up completely to the FBomb community. My opinion on this topic is just one tiny window into what our generation thinks of sexual harassment and I want to be able to represent all of us – our opinions, beliefs and experiences – the best I can. I think it’s especially important to get this right since people are actually going to be paying attention to this conference, and opportunities like that don’t come up very often. So, I’d like to start a conversation in the comments section about this topic.

Here are some questions to get this started:

Do you think sexual harassment is still a problem for our generation? Why or why not?

Do you have any personal stories of sexual harassment that you’d like to share (and you can obviously do so anonymously). How did you react? Did you tell anybody? If so, did they do anything about it?

Do you know who Anita Hill is and/or are you aware of the history of the Anita Hill / Clarence Thomas trial? If so, what do you think about it?

How do you think technological advances have affected sexual harassment? Has it gotten worse because of technology?

Please feel free to share any other comments, opinions stories regarding sexual harassment (even if you think they don’t fit into one of the questions/categories above). Also, if you don’t want to share your thoughts publicly, feel free to email me at [email protected] (and seriously, PLEASE do).

So without further ado, let the conversation begin!

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