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Structural Subjugation: Theorizing Racialized Sexual Harassment in Housing

By Kate Sablosky Elengold

Abstract

This Article identifies and analyzes the structural forces that permit and ignore racialized sexual harassment in housing. Although scholarship on sexual harassment in housing is sparse, the existing research and resulting body of law generally advances a narrative focused on the female tenants\u27 economic vulnerability and violation of the sanctity of her home. The narrative advanced in scholarship and advocacy, along with the resulting jurisprudence, presents an archetype of a deviant male landlord abusing his authority to take advantage of women sexually who, because of their economic circumstances, have no alternatives. This Article terms it the \u22dirty old man\u22 narrative. Drawing attention to the racialized sexual harassment that lies beneath the stock story for many African American female tenants, this Article dismantles that narrative

Topics: Law
Publisher: Yale Law School Legal Scholarship Repository
Year: 2017
OAI identifier: oai:digitalcommons.law.yale.edu:yjlf-1359
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