(c) Using obscene gestures
Sexual harassment is inappropriate and unacceptable behavior of any soldier anywhere. Such
Is observable by anyone
Is explicitly sexual or contains sexual overtones
Is deliberate or repeated
Detracts from the quality of life
Has an adverse impact on the total military environment
Sexual role static is another type of behavior which can be confused with sexual harassment.
This type of behavior can be defined as everyday, customary, taken-for-granted remarks and actions
based on gender stereotypes. It is usually unthinking and undirected. Individuals receiving this type of
behavior have the responsibility to tell the offender that the behavior or action is offensive. Some
examples of sexual role static are:
Ignoring what a woman says or does because she is a woman.
Viewing women as objects rather than people.
Expecting a man to carry a woman's tools because he is male and she is female.
Baiting women (hoping to see them get emotional)
Speaking for a woman to another man.
Moreover, sex role static is the everyday remarks and actions that are based on sex role
stereotyping which make a particular person feel uncomfortable.
NOTE: Now that you have reviewed what constitutes sexual harassment and you have a salient picture
of sexual role statics take time here to review the next several pages of "Hints for Supervisors of Female
soldiers" which was compiled by Mrs. Linda M. Scales of the Directorate of Evaluation and
Standardization at the US Army Chaplain Center and School.
HINTS FOR SUPERVISORS OF FEMALE SOLDIERS
1. Women as a group are as varied as men. Each person responds in accord with her own life
experiences. Don't make presumptions about "what women want."