Sexism is a personal discriminatory experience for the victim, and it is an institutionalised habit (Ahmed, 2015, 2017). In our university life, we reiterate habitual patterns which offer some a ‘comfortable fit’ while casting others as ‘deviant’ from the implicit cultural norms. Here, I strive to capture a gendered dynamic at a Danish physics department. I find that this department offers the male students a ‘comfortable fit’ while it marks the female students and researchers as ‘deviant’ and therefore ill-suited for the department. Concretely, I interviewed 22 physics students to capture which sexist and sexual harassment hurdles are placed in front of the women, but also how these hurdles appear almost invisible to the men. I conclude that if we maintain a focus on how the minority group deviates from the male-defined norms and therefore aim to ‘fix the women’, we will keep reproducing the male norm which casts women as ‘deviant’ in the first place. What we need to do instead is direct our attention towards the seemingly invisible male-defined norm and address the male privilege blindness. We need to start questioning the cultural norm or backdrop, rather than the ones who stand out from it.
|Re-Imagining Sexual Harassment : Perspectives from the Nordic Region
|Maja Lundqvist, Angelica Simonsson, Kajsa Widegren
|1. mar. 2023
|Udgivet - 1. mar. 2023