Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Too Few Women at the TopThe Persistence of Inequality in Japan$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Kumiko Nemoto

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781501702488

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501702488.001.0001

Show Summary Details

Obligatory Femininity and Sexual Harassment

Obligatory Femininity and Sexual Harassment

Chapter:
(p.201) 7 Obligatory Femininity and Sexual Harassment
Source:
Too Few Women at the Top
Author(s):

Kumiko Nemoto

Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501702488.003.0007

This chapter explores female workers' different interpretations and experiences of workplace sexual behaviors and interactions, and explains the processes by which workplace sexual interactions, including harmful behaviors, are normalized and tolerated. The chapter analyzes three types of sexual workplace interactions in Japanese firms that are described and interpreted very differently by women workers due to their differing contexts. These interactions include taking clients to hostess clubs, which women workers often see as “a part of their job;” playing the hostess role at after-work drinking meetings, where a certain amount of groping by men is seen as “joking around;” and repetitive or threatening sexual advances occurring during normal working hours. The chapter argues that women's interpretations of sexual behaviors can vary from enjoyable to harmful, depending on the organizational context.

Keywords:   workplace sexual behaviors, sexual harassment, female workers, Japanese firms, hostess clubs, sexual workplace interactions

Cornell Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.