The Lecherous Professor: Sexual Harassment on Campus

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

6 : Women Faculty
QUEENS ON THE CHESSBOARD

The fact of being separate enters your livelihood like a piece of furniture -- a chest of seventeenth-century wood from somewhere in the north. It has a huge lock shaped like a woman's head but the key has not been found.

Adrienne Rich,
"When We Dead Awaken"

Sexual harassment by the aberrant few jeopardizes the professional reputations of all male faculty. It casts a similar cloud over women professors. If women faculty actively and collectively confronted sexual harassment, they could create a political energy that would change the character of the campus. But they do not. Ambiguous and complex, the passivity of women faculty mirrors the dilemmas women face in other professions. In Among Women, Louise Bernikow uses the predicament of the woman artist to capture the female dilemma:

A woman artist of any kind is a bobbin on the sea, in danger of drowning. She feels herself in danger. She has behind her centuries of civilization in which the known and celebrated artists were male, in which the idea of a female artist was sneered at as often as the idea of a

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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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