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Freedom of Speech and Sexual Harassment

Discuss the tension between appeals to autonomy in defense of freedom of speech and expression and appeals to autonomy in order to justify restrictions on freedom of speech and expression which may result in sexual harassment.

1) Do you believe that there is a conflict between these two positions?

2) How may such a conflict be balanced?

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There does exist a conflict between these two positions, due to the fact that autonomy in respect to the freedom of expression may argue for the right of individuals to express sentiments, etc. that may amount to sexual harassment, which may infringe upon an individual's autonomy in respect to the right to be free from sexual harassment. This conflict may be balanced by ensuring that individuals have autonomy in respect to the freedom of speech and expression, as long as the speech and expression does not amount to sexual harassment, which is an illegal activity.

The concern is how employers will control the expression of freedom of speech in a manner that does not pose a conflict between one person's liberty and another person's equality. This should be done in accordance with both free speech laws and sexual harassment laws. Offensive, hurtful, or inappropriate speech is protected speech under the First Amendment as long as it isn't ...

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