The problem of sexual harassment is exacerbated by unrealistic assumptions people have about marriage, love, and sex. Chief among these unwarranted assumptions is an idealized view of marriage that portrays a permanent legal union between two people as a reliable source of lifelong happiness. The benefits of monogamous marriage are exaggerated whereas the advantages of non-monogamous alternatives are downplayed. Another problem stems from the stigma associated with prostitution as a direct exchange of sex for money, which would serve as a victimless crime and leave both the prostitute and the customer in a benefitted state. Although more recent conceptualizations of sexual harassment are sympathetic to the positon of women, they run the risk of inadvertently endorsing the segregation of men and women in the workplace, the reinforcement of conventionality, and the belief in women’s inherent fragility.
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