Developed and published by: Kimberly A. Lonsway, Lilia M. Cortina & Vicki J Magley (2008), Sexual Harassment Mythology: Definition, Conceptualization, and Measurement. Sex Roles (58), 599-615. Printed by the Learning Network with the Permission of the authors.
Responses to all items fall along a 7 point Likert scale:
1= strongly disagree to 7= strongly disagree
- As long as a woman doesn’t lose her job, her claim of sexual harassment shouldn’t be taken too seriously
- Women who claim that they have been sexually harassed are usually exaggerating.
- If a woman is sexually harassed, she must have done something to invite it.
- Women often file frivolous charges of sexual harassment.
- If a woman doesn’t make a complaint, it probably wasn’t serious enough to be sexual harassment.
- It is difficult to believe sexual harassment charges that were not reported at the time.
- Women who wait weeks or months to report sexual harassment are probably just making it up.
- Women who claim sexual harassment have usually done something to cause it.
- Sometimes women make up allegations of sexual harassment to extort money from their employer.
- Women who are caught having an affair with their supervisor sometimes claim that it was sexual harassment.
- Women sometimes file charges of sexual harassment for no apparent reason.
- A woman can easily ruin her supervisor’s career by claiming that he “came on” to her.
- Sometimes a woman has a “fantasy” relationship with her boss and then claims that he sexually harassed her.
- Most women are flattered when they get sexual attention from men with whom they work.
- Most women secretly enjoy it when men “come on” to them at work.
- It’s inevitable that men will “hit on” women at work.
- Women shouldn’t be so quick to take offense when a man at work expresses sexual interest.
- Women can usually stop unwanted sexual attention by simply telling the man that his behavior is not appreciated.
- Women can usually stop unwanted sexual attention from a co-worker by telling their supervisor about it.
Nearly all instances of sexual harassment would end if the woman simply told the man to stop.