Catcalled in the Cafeteria: Managing and Teaching through Sexism from Students

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Book Chapter

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Sexism is institutionalized in the U. S. workplace, including in academia. Women faculty face sexism not just from colleagues and administration but also from students. Though sexual harassment from students is a pattern across academia, it remains insidious because when it happens it feels very specific to that individual situation, interaction, and student. The chapter discusses interpersonal instances of sexism that women professors face from students as well as potential responses to these situations. Ultimately, a feminist teacher should be a role model of leadership and the classroom experience should create empowered students who seek to act as leaders within and for their communities. A White male student had missed about one-third of classes and was also getting low scores on his reading homework assignments. The concept of "intersectionality" was introduced by Kimberl Crenshaw in 1991 to describe how Black women's experiences of sexism and racism could not be compared directly to the experience of White women or Black men.


Sociology and Corrections



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Surviving Sexism in Academia: Strategies for Feminist Leadership