Communicator (communicator) wrote,

1979: an age of sexual decorum

Someone called Jonathan Zimmerman berates young people nowadays for their promiscuous ways:
I’ve heard plenty of my 40- and 50-something male peers complain that they were born several decades too early. But I have never, ever heard a woman say she’d prefer today’s hooking-up system to the dating rituals we grew up with.

It's a complex area, and there are obviously good and bad things about various sexual arrangements, for men and women. I know these are valid things to discuss, but that isn't why I link to this.

No. It's something else that I've noticed lately, which is that people now talk about my generation as if we grew up in the good old days. I'm 48 and I didn't grow up in a world of formal dating and restraint. Men in their 40s and 50s were young in the 1970s and we went at it like nobody's business. We aren't bloody Victorians. We used to sniff glue and stick pins through our faces. Well, to be fair I didn't do that, but you know what I mean.

So I guess what I am posting about is that my generation - the punk generation - are now being held up as the good old days when men were men and women didn't have casual sex. How old is Zimmerman. I could tell him stories that would make him blench.
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