*VIRTUAL EVENT* Prototypes of Womanhood as Barriers to Perceiving Sexual Harassment


Thursday, March 26, 2020, 11:45am to 1:00pm


Hosted Online

Join at https://harvard.zoom.us/j/257074245.

Cheryl R. Kaiser, Professor of Psychology, Department Chair, Director of the Social Identity Laboratory, University of Washington.

Sexual harassment is widespread and has harmful effects on its targets as well as the organizations in which it occurs. Reducing the impact of sexual harassment requires that people accurately perceive and recognize sexual harassment. Yet sexual harassment is vastly under-reported both by its targets and others in society. This talk describes a multi-method laboratory research program exploring how mental representations of sexual harassment targets overlap with narrow prototypes of womanhood (as white, straight, traditionally feminine), and that this narrow prototype of womanhood prevents people from perceiving sexual harassment when it targets those who do not fit this prototype. Understanding and addressing the barriers to perceiving sexual harassment is tantamount to the realization of civil rights as well as to reducing costs to individuals, organizations, and society that exist when sexual harassment goes undetected.


See also: Seminar Series