Angus Reid: How ‘old guys’ like me view the #MeToo movement

Angus Reid: How ‘old guys’ like me view the #MeToo movement

By Angus Reid – Chairman

I’m one of the old guys, born in 1947 and a witness to the sexual revolution of the ’60s and ’70s, which coincided with the arrival of the birth-control pill and a generational shift through which female participation in the workforce more than doubled from 1960 to 1980.

The macho culture that permeated much of the business world in the ’60s was a hangover from the Second World War and the masculine organizational dynamics of most of the 20th century: lots of booze, cigarettes, and women in largely subservient positions. Secretaries, filing clerks, waitresses, nurses, dental assistants.

In the ’70s, it wasn’t unusual for a drive-home show on a popular radio station to have listeners call in with the punch lines of their favourite joke – and find most of the content was about sex. Around that time, it was not unusual to see a playboy calendar on a guy’s desk.

It’s not just a coincidence that so many of the men under the spotlight for alleged abuse come from my generation.  But it would be a mistake to characterize us as insensitive to the fundamental change in gender relations now under way.

For the rest of this piece, please view it on the Ottawa Citizen’s site, where it was initially published.


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