Directions in Sexual Harassment Law


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Edited by Catharine A. MacKinnon and Reva B. Siegel

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When it was published twenty-five years ago, Catharine MacKinnon’s pathbreaking work Sexual Harassment of Working Women had a major impact on the development of sexual harassment law. The U.S. Supreme Court accepted her theory of sexual harassment in 1986. Here MacKinnon collaborates with eminent authorities to appraise what has been accomplished in the field and what still needs to be done.

An introductory essay by Reva Siegel considers how sexual harassment came to be regulated as sex discrimination. Contributors discuss how law can best address sexual harassment; the importance and definition of consent and unwelcomeness; issues of same-sex harassment; questions of institutional responsibility for sexual harassment in both employment and education settings; considerations of freedom of speech; effects of sexual harassment doctrine on gender and racial justice; and transnational approaches to the problem. An afterword by MacKinnon assesses the changes wrought by sexual harassment law in the past quarter century.

Catharine A. MacKinnon is Elizabeth A. Long Professor of Law at the University of Michigan. Reva B. Siegel is Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Professor of Law at Yale University.

“The depth of subject matter and debate of this collection reflect a vitality that promises to guide future directions of sexual harassment law and theory. The richness and open-endedness of the issues in this volume make it ideal for a class in women and law or feminist jurisprudence.”—Kathleen S. Sullivan, Law and Politics Book Review

"The book’s main accomplishment is that it provides a large number of thoughtful treatments of the legal doctrine that has developed in sexual harassment law, and a good road map for future doctrinal developments. . . . The scholarship here is not just sound but useful—and this conclusion seems appropriate despite the unlikelihood that the current majority of the Supreme Court will be moved by it."—Kenneth Karst

"The law of sexual harassment, which is only a quarter century old, has transformed the legal and cultural landscape of America. It has altered the way we work, and how we think about the enduring themes of equality. This book is essential reading for anyone who wishes to understand the origins, topography and future prospects of this vital branch of law. In its scope and range, and in the stature and diversity of its contributors, this book is like no other. Professors MacKinnon and Siegel have done us all a great service."—Anthony Kronman, Dean and Edward J. Phelps Professor, Yale Law School

"If your thinking on justice and inequality needs new stimulus, consult this lucid update on legal feminism, a stunning collection of learned provocations!"—Nancy F. Cott, Harvard University, author of Public Vows: A History of Marriage and the Nation
ISBN: 9780300187557
Publication Date: April 20, 2012
752 pages, 6 x 9
Sexual Harassment of Working Women

A Case of Sex Discrimination

Catharine A. MacKinnon; Foreword by Thomas I. Emerson

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