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

by Angus Reid | February 9, 2018 12:05 pm

By Angus Reid – Chairman[1]

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[2], where it was initially published.

Endnotes:
  1. By Angus Reid – Chairman: http://www,angusreid.org/our-team/angus-red
  2. Ottawa Citizen’s site: http://ottawacitizen.com/opinion/columnists/angus-reid-how-old-guys-like-me-view-the-metoo

Source URL: http://angusreid.org/angus-reid-old-guys-like-view-metoo-movement/