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gelatin silver photograph
13.9 × 20.9 cm (image)
inscribed in fibre-tipped pen on reverse l.r.: K. MERCY KNIGHT.
typed on accompanying paper label: MERCY KNIGHT / Most industries which employ women employ men as their / overseers. There is great resistance from many men / to any change in this system, and this often leads to / sexual harassment. / Sexual harassment is any sexual advance made at work / which threatens a worker’s wellbeing. It is usually / an expression of power made by someone in authority. / Sexual harassment can take many forms - it can involve / unnecessary touching or patting, smutty jokes, / suggestive remarks or other verbal abuse, leering at / a person’s body, demanding sexual favours, compromising / invitations and physical assault. Some or all of / these may or may not be accompanied by direct or indirect / threats to the victim’s job or career. / Sexual harassment must be eradicated from the workplace. / Women should not feel ashamed or embarrassed about / their harassment; they should talk to other women / for support, and should make a complaint to their union / or other appropriate body to expose the offender. / MERCY KNIGHT is from India and has been / in Australia since 1974. She has worked / as a packer at this Melbourne meat / factory for seven years.
Accession Number
Australian Photography
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1984
© Viv Méhes
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Gallery location
Not on display