“The cumulative effect of sexual harassment is extremely damaging,” says Paula Johnson, president of Wellesley College in Massachusetts and co-chair of the committee that wrote the report. “It’s critical to move beyond the notion of legal compliance to really addressing culture.” Source: Sexual harassment is rife in the sciences, finds landmark US study


Does "addressing culture" refer to "addressing the culture of harassment in the sciences"? If so, shouldn't it be "addressing the culture" - with the article it would have particularly point to the bad culture.

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    I take it to mean 'the culture of academic life in the sciences which allows these things to happen'. I don't know why she didn't use the, but it's hardly a major error. Jun 27, 2021 at 9:18

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She’s using the word not to refer to that particular culture, but to “culture” as a general topic that one can address.

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