Sex and the Office: A History of Gender, Power, and Desire (Hardcover)

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Julie Berebitsky is professor of history and director of the Women’s Studies Program at Sewanee: The University of the South. The author of Like Our Very Own: Adoption and the Changing Culture of Motherhood, she lives in Sewanee, TN.

In this engaging book—the first to historicize our understanding of sexual harassment in the workplace—Julie Berebitsky explores how Americans’ attitudes toward sexuality and gender in the office have changed since the 1860s, when women first took jobs as clerks in the U.S. Treasury office.

Berebitsky recounts the actual experiences of female and male office workers; draws on archival sources ranging from the records of investigators looking for waste in government offices during World War II to the personal papers of Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown and Ms. magazine founder Gloria Steinem; and explores how popular sources—including cartoons, advertisements, advice guides, and a wide array of fictional accounts—have represented wanted and unwelcome romantic and sexual advances. This range of evidence and the study’s long scope expose both notable transformations and startling continuities in the interplay of gender, power and desire at work.

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ISBN 9780300118995
Genre SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies
Format Hardcover
Pages 359
Publisher Date 2012-04-17 00:00:00.0
Publisher Yale Univ Pr
Copyright Year 2012
Height 9.5 in
Wdth 6.75 in
Thickness 1.25 in
Unit weight 1.5 lb
Language English
Subtitle A History of Gender, Power, and Desire
Series Name Society and the Sexes in the Modern World
Audience College/higher education
Authors Berebitsky, Julie

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