The penalties for saying no: a theologian reflects on her experience in an area where sex and power collide

08 November 2017 | by Janet Soskice

Sexual harassment


The furore over sexual harassment at Westminster, which this week led to the main party leaders agreeing to set up an independent grievance procedure, is not about sexual banter – the older guy who might touch your breast in a pub, or grab your knee, or make a lewd remark.

All women of my generation are familiar with this experience and know how to write it off, though it is a pity it’s still happening. Fundamentally, it is about sex and power, sometimes the power to make or break the career of a young woman – or man.

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