Men's perspectives in the age of "Me Too"

Dwight MooreIncreasingly, harassment –- in business, on the playground, or in any other environment -- has become unacceptable, particularly considering the #MeToo movement, which exploded in 2017 with a number of prominent men accused of sexual harassment.

In business, harassment has become a legal term used to accuse others of inappropriate behavior, including sexual harassment, the berating of an employee or the badgering of a colleague.

But what is harassment?

PebbleCreek resident Dwight Moore, Ph.D., defines harassment as “the act of systematic and/or continued, unwanted, annoying actions of one party or a group, including threats and demands.” At 10 a.m. Monday, March 16, Moore will talk about why people harass and what to do about it.

While many women have spoken candidly about their experiences, few men have expressed their feelings and reactions to women being sexually, verbally and emotionally abused. To identify men’s perspectives of sexual harassment, Moore, a counseling psychologist, conducted 45 in-depth interviews with men aged 50-75.

In the lecture, Moore will explore the results of his interviews, as well as the portrayal of men in media, religion, education and workplaces. He will also discuss the types of men from nice guys to predators and the driving forces behind harassment.

Moore received his Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Minnesota in 1984. He worked with the Minneapolis Family Institute and interned with the Domestic Abuse Project, counseling court-ordered men. He assessed leaders in Fortune 500 companies and coached business executives seeking to become more proficient leaders. Currently, he volunteers with the End of Life Washington program.

Tickets to all Monday Morning Lectures are $5 at the door of the Renaissance Theater.