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Sexual Harassment for the 1990s

The 9-5 Guide to Combating Sexual Harassment
Bravo and Cassedy

In 1991, Anita Hill testified that she was sexually harassed by Clarence Thomas at his confirmation hearing. In my opinion, this was when sexual harassment became a mainstream discussion topic. I also remember watching the hearings on television. Fast forward to the mid 1990s, and the Monica Lewinsky scandal during the Clinton administration. Keep fast forwarding and you can add Robert Packwood, Mark Foley, Newt Gingrich, Gary Condit, Anthony Weiner, Mario Batali, Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, Roger Ailes, etc. You get the picture.

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Fun and Games at Work

Sexual Harassment at Work
Is it just ‘fun and games’?

Not a bad book, but unfortunately, the cover absolutely negates the seriousness of the writing (and the topic for that matter). I am sure someone in an editorial meeting thought that made the topic “sexy”. This was a British publication, however, the situations are pretty universal to any type of employment situation. I will defer to our Brits on knowledge of the law on this in Britain, but for Americans, this was still a decade before Anita Hill’s testimony pushed this topic into the forefront. Evidently, some people just don’t learn. I’m looking at you: Mr.President, Bill O’Reilly, Roger Ailes, etc.

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Working for the (Wo)Man

How to Work for a Woman Boss, Even If You’d Rather Not

The boss lady on the cover sure looks mean!  Sure, women as bosses were still something of a novelty in 1987.  In 2010 (I mean 2011!)  there are certainly discussions about women in business, women in positions of power, communication styles in the workplace, and all that.  This 1987 book is not going to address any current issues, so its time has come and gone.  I love the little blurb about how this topic has never been discussed openly or honestly “until now”.  Weeder!