For many young women looking to make a career for themselves in anthropology, it seems like a very exciting career, and rightly so. There’s the feeling that comes with gaining a deep and intimate knowledge of a culture, and long field trips on remote locations, trying to understand what made a people tick. However, the field of anthropology also seems to have a darker side that not many people are aware of. There have been widespread incidents of sexual harassment, including rape and sexual assault that have been perpetrated on young females in this field.
A group of female anthropologists have conducted a study that shows a very high incidence of sexual harassment. More than 20% of the female anthropologists who took part in the study reported that they had experienced some kind of sexual harassment on the job. This includes physical harassment or unwanted sexual contact.
The team of female anthropologists conducted an online survey. They contacted female colleagues using Facebook, e-mails and via blogs. The results of the study were presented recently at the American Association of Physical Anthropologists.
According to the study, as many as 30% of the respondents reported that they faced verbal abuse very often, or frequently. Another 60% of the women reported that they had been the target of inappropriate sexual remarks and other jokes, compared with 39% of males. There were 20% of the women who reported having suffered some kind of physical sexual harassment or unwanted social contact on the job.
It is not surprising to Los Angeles sexual harassment lawyers that most of these cases seemed to involve female victims, while the perpetrator was almost always a male colleague with higher professional status. In this field, it's common to have mentors and protégés, and very often, the perpetrators of the harassment were found to be the mentors.