Yet, after three decades of scholarship, basic questions about whether and how workplace power affects harassment remain unanswered. The publisher's final edited version of this article is available at Am Sociol Rev See other articles in PMC that cite the published article. A few examples of dirty talk phrases that use multi-sensory descriptions: Women supervisors, who hold authority over male co-workers, directly challenge the presumptive superiority of men. The sample was comprised of 1, youth, who have since been surveyed regularly. While this wording admits a range of conduct that may fall short of legal definitions of harassment, it clearly eliminates sexualized interactions that respondents would consider pleasurable. Apart from supervisory authority and expressions of gender, the demography of a workplace also influences harassment experiences. Based on the dynamics of sex, gender, and power in the workplace, we form three primary hypotheses: Because some sexual behavior is experienced as tolerable or pleasurable by workers Dellinger and Williams ; Giuffre and Williams ; Lerum ; Schultz ; Williams , YDS respondents were asked about sexual behaviors that they considered offensive or made them uncomfortable. Some people adore their dirty talk to be filled with swear words, others hate it. What do they want you to say? I want to taste you. The study began in , when participants were ninth graders in St. This article analyzes longitudinal survey data and qualitative interviews from the Youth Development Study YDS to test this idea and to delineate why and how supervisory authority, gender non-conformity, and workplace sex ratios affect harassment. Abstract Power is at the core of feminist theories of sexual harassment, though it has rarely been measured directly in terms of workplace authority.