This morning the Washington Post reported the findings of a Washington Post/ABC poll that revealed the following:
• 25% of women report being sexually harassed at work (9% of men do)
• Nearly 2/3rds of Americans think that sexual harassment is a problem in the workplace
• 25% of men report that they fear being falsely accused
So, maybe Katie Roiphe is wrong and we shouldn't learn to take a joke.
There is some really good and interesting news. There is a dividing line drawn in the survey results between men and women over and under 50, where both women reporting harassment and men fearing being falsely accused are dropping.
• Women younger than 50 report fewer incidences of harassment. In 1994 the number of women reporting experiencing sexual harassment was 32%.
• The number of men that report concerns about false accusations has declined since 1994 when 31% of men reported fears. That number is now only 7%.
• And, where as in 1994 25% of men believed that they'd behaved in a way that could be construed as an "unwanted sexual advance" only 10% believe that now.
The bad news is that still, 60% of women who have been harassed walk away without taking action.
And, no surprise here, by a ratio of 2 to 1 "women who say they were harassed at work" view Herman Cain unfavorably and by a ratio of 3 to 1 are "apt to believe Cain's accusers."
And, yes, the article showed up in in the A section, not the Style pages! Thank you Washington Post editors.