The Lecherous Professor: Sexual Harassment on Campus

By Billie Wright Dziech; Linda Weiner | Go to book overview

3: Contemporary College
Women
MYTHS AND REALITIES

"Listen, Nick, let me tell you what I said when she was born . . . I woke up out of the ether with an utterly abandoned feeling, and asked the nurse right a way if it was a boy or a girl She told me it was a girl, and so I turned my head away and wept 'All right,' 'I said, 'I'm glad it's a girl. And I hope she'll be afool -- that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fooL.'"

F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

The college campus is believed to be an ivory tower, a haven in the midst of a grubby world. But once one looks beneath appearances and glimpses some of its darker realities, perceptions of the campus are forever altered. Replying anonymously to a question about sexual harassment, a sophomore provided an example of the darker side of academic life:

Well, my freshman year I took a class. I didn't understand all of the readings, and by the time the final came around I found myself with an F. So I asked him if I could talk to him about grades in his office. So I went to his office and he gave me a choice -- either be with him or take the F. I was attracted to him a little, but there was no way I could take the F. So I met him at his house, and I spent three hours with him in his bed. I had to close my eyes and pretend that I was with my boyfriend. I

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Acknowledgments v
  • Contents vii
  • Introduction 1
  • 1 - Sexual Harassment on Campus 9
  • 2 - Inside the Ivy Walls 39
  • 3 - Contemporary College Women 59
  • 4 - Voices of Women 89
  • 5 - The Lecherous Professor 115
  • 6 - Women Faculty 147
  • 7 - The Future of Academe 163
  • Appendices 187
  • Notes 202
  • Selected Bibliography 210
  • Index 215
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