What is sexual harassment? Is sexual harassment a gender-specific problem?

What is sexual harassment? Is sexual harassment a gender-specific problem?

What is sexual harassment? Is sexual harassment a gender-specific problem? 150 150 Peter

Film Study Questions – North Country

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1) What is sexual harassment? Is sexual harassment a gender-specific problem?

2) What unwanted behaviors did the women of the mine witness that may have constituted sexual harassment?

3) How do past actions or people’s perceptions about us affect future events? (In other words, does what we do today have a bearing on how we will be judged later?) What events lead you to believe that Josey’s past will affect her future? How do the ladies’ actions outside work affect how they are treated on the job?

4) Are there any indications that a job in the mines may not suit Josey or any woman before she hires on at the mine? Why does Josey take a job in the mines? Is this factor worth the struggle that she endures? Are there parallels to wildland fire?

5) Glory asks Josey, “Okay, now, what are you? Cowboy or a cowgirl.” Josey claims to be a cowgirl, but Glory tells her she cannot be in the mine. Glory tells her, “You gotta get your cowboy on.” (0:16:07 – 0:16:30) Should any woman in a male-dominated profession have to put her “cowboy on” to fit into the culture? (The same goes from men in women dominated professions.) Have women been accepted into the wildland fire workforce?

6) Profanity in the workplace is a controversial topic. Some find it inappropriate while others find it a part of culture—as seen in North Country. Is profanity a part of the wildland community? As a leader, how do you deal with profanity in the workplace? What is the relationship between workplace profanity and the Wildland Fire Leadership Values and Principles?

7) During Josey’s orientation, Arlen Pavich makes a comment regarding women working in the mine as well as a personal comment regarding Josey’s medical examination. He covers up the personal comment by saying, “Sense of humor, ladies. Rule-o numero uno.” (0:16:48 – 0:17:37) Should humor be used as an excuse for poor comments? Explain.

8) Present examples from the film where the women actually contribute to their workplace problems.

9) Discuss the leadership qualities of Josey Aimes, Glory, Arlen Pavich, Donald Pearson, and the union. What values and principles do they promote or violate? Give examples of “good” and “bad” leadership.

10) Arlen states in court, “Look, men will always walk the line. It’s when they cross over it is when most gals give them a slap on the hand, get them back on their side of that line. That’s how men and women have been handling problems since Adam and Eve.” (0:46:18 – 0:46:38) Discuss this statement.

11) Discussion will vary. This is an excellent topic regarding doing what is “right.” Everyone, regardless of gender, should respect one another regardless of walking the line or having policies that dictate behavior. Discuss how to bring about change in a culture for the positive.