Meaning and Definition of Female Harassment
Female bullying is intimidating, harmful, or obstructive behavior by women or girls. Despite the archetypal idea of the insensitive bully, women and girls are equally likely to be bullies, although the way female bullying is done often differs from male bullying.
This type of bullying can occur at school, in the workplace, or in a person’s private life. Victims of female bullying often suffer more emotionally than physically.
Targets of Bullying
The female stalker’s goals may not be that different from the male stalker’s, although some people point out key differences. The bully is usually a deeply insecure person who resolves insecurities by making other people’s lives miserable. He or she may specifically target people seen as competition or seen as weak.
Types of Female Harassment
Female bullying can occur through a variety of behaviors, including intimidation, mean teasing, and making it difficult for others to do a job. Although women or girls are not always as likely to threaten physical violence, particularly in the workplace, some still do.
It is often more common for female bullies to form groups to deliberately exclude certain people, spread malicious gossip about others, be overly emotional and yell and yell, or constantly find fault with someone else.
Such bullying at work is often not that different from queen bee clique behaviors in middle and high school, except that another person may lose a job or feel compelled to quit if the bullying is successful.
Victims of bullying may engage in self-destructive behavior as a way of coping.
Bullying in the workplace
The whole idea that female harassment exists in the workplace tends to fly in the face of conventional thinking that women get along with each other and are more cooperative between the genders.
There is often a stereotype that women have a huge advantage in the workplace due to their tendency to work in groups, collaborate and cooperate. Although this may be true for some women, others prefer to work on their own, and some do so through intimidating behavior.
One explanation for this may be that there are still fewer women in executive positions in many fields, and female harassment is a way of beating the competition.
Alternatively, if the female bully’s behavior was more or less ignored in school settings, some women may see bullying or destructive behavior as a good way to achieve goals.
Gossiping is a common form of female harassment.
Others feel that female harassment may remain unaddressed in the workplace due to fears that addressing it will prove a setback in the long-fought battle for gender equality. Acknowledging that some women do not know how to behave in the workplace could suggest that no women do and open the door to further gender discrimination.
It is rare for female harassment to turn into physical violence, but it does happen.
Dealing with Bullying
Tips for dealing with a female harassment or destructive clique in the workplace generally involves talking to management, but first documenting any behavior that is destructive or aggressive. This can be challenging if the bully’s actions are not overt, and especially if the bully is supported by other members of the group.
However, documentation of any action and discussion with management or human resources can be helpful. Those who are being bullied might also research sensitivity training programs and suggest implementing them in a work environment.
Women harassers can spread malicious gossip. Female bullying is often very psychological.
Female harassment can include sending harassing text messages.