Solidarity against sexism on the shop floor
IWW member Angel Gardner goes over some ways of fighting sexism in the workplace through direct action.
Date Written: 18/12/2011
Year Published: 2001
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX16355
If there is anything that I have learned from working in the restaurant and retail industry for over 14 years, it is that sexual harassment and sexism in the workplace is an issue that has not gone away. Perhaps you have become more tolerant of being sexually objectified. Maybe you are afraid that being uncomfortable with sexual advances or comments means that you are a prude or hopelessly outdated. The reality is that sexual harassment and sexism are all about power. We feel uncomfortable about standing up for ourselves in these situations because to do so questions power relations; not only in the workplace, but in society in general.