I chose a news article written by Endid Nemy which talks about the statistics involved with sexual harassment in the 1970s to correlate with the themes involved in The Female Man. This article stems from a period where the term “sexual harassment” was first coined, which directly corresponds to the way the women in The Female Man are depicted. Nemy discusses how the rise of women joining the workforce has created a level of harassment in the workplace not previously seen. Nemy addresses how this harassment needs to be taken seriously even though most women choose to ignore it or remain silent. We see how this could have easily affected Joanna Russ’s depiction of each of the women in the story. Janet clearly is harassed by her “lover” while she is at work to the point where she feels forced to have sex. On the opposite spectrum however, Jael kills a man for sexually harassing her. Russ has a clear stance on this issue: and it is that women should not have to put up with sexual harassment; it is vile and inappropriate and women have every right to defend themselves against it whether physically or not.
Nemy, Enid. “Survey Indicates Striking Shift in Sexual Mores.” The New York Times n.d.: n. pag. Print.