Why Men Harass Women: It Isn't Just About Sex

Men often harass women to prove their dominance over other men.
Women protest against Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and the GOP in front of Trump Tower in New York, New York, October 19.
10_24_Harassment_01 Source: Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

Many American men watching the video clip of Donald Trump bragging about grabbing women’s genitals were quick to separate themselves from Trump’s vulgar chest-thumping. Some boasted on social media that they would never treat or talk about women that way. The implicit message was: I’m better than him.

The irony is that these self-satisfied viewers were engaging in a bit of chest-thumping themselves. So were some of the television pundits who couldn’t condemn Trump loudly enough as they endlessly replayed the clip. They were all displaying a central feature of American masculinity: the

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