Failing to Recognize Objectification and Sexualization of Women as Systemic Discrimination: Workplace Harassment Reforms in Australia

Harvard Journal of Law and Gender Online 2022

9 Pages Posted: 18 Apr 2022

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Sandra Amankaviciute

School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Design & Architecture, UNSW Sydney

Monika Zalnieriute

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law & Justice

Date Written: January 10, 2022

Abstract

The Respect at Work reforms of 2021 do not go far enough in protecting Australian women from the systemic harassment in their workplaces and beyond. In this article, we focus on the changes to the Sex Discrimination Act and argue that the reforms should have explicitly clarified that the display or use of sexist material at work can foster a sexually hostile environment for women. This omission reflects a fundamental flaw in both the Respect at Work Act and the Sex Discrimination Act: they both fail to address the fundamentally systematic nature of harassment and discrimination against women that permeates all facets of society.

Keywords: Harassment, Discrimination, Feminist Thoery, Labour Law, Human Rights Law, Feminism, Gender Studies, Pornography, Discrimination Law, Equality, Sexualization, Objectification

Suggested Citation

Amankaviciute, Sandra and Zalnieriute, Monika, Failing to Recognize Objectification and Sexualization of Women as Systemic Discrimination: Workplace Harassment Reforms in Australia (January 10, 2022). Harvard Journal of Law and Gender Online 2022, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4058977 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4058977

Sandra Amankaviciute

School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Design & Architecture, UNSW Sydney ( email )

Morven Brown Building
UNSW, Kensington
Sydney, NSW 2052
Australia

Monika Zalnieriute (Contact Author)

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law & Justice ( email )

Sydney, New South Wales 2052
Australia

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