Canadian poll indicates generational differences are more important than just gender differences.
But even as workplace norms are changing, younger men, though certainly not the majority of them, were more likely than their much older peers to support boorish behaviour. They were also more likely than men of older generations, and women of their own generation, to agree that, “some people have definitely behaved like jerks but they shouldn’t lose their jobs or reputations for it.” Taylor, of the University of Toronto, finds parallels in “not too distant” incidents involving young men at sporting events approaching female reporters and shouting “F – her right in the p –“ into the camera during live news clips. “You didn’t see older men do that,” she said. “That’s a new social iteration, a behaviour that we hadn’t really seen in public before — picking out women journalists in a very public forum and saying something, on camera, very confrontational, violent and pornographic.” Such behaviour “indicates indeed that that generation has a different sense of what’s funny, and a different sense of gender relations,” she said. Other said the more permissive views of the millennial men may depend on their work environment. “Of the younger men sampled, do we know what types of workplaces or jobs they have? Do they even work with women,” said Angela Barlow, an assistant professor of sociology and criminal justice studies at Keene State College in New Hampshire. Restaurants, for example, tend to have younger staff and more “sexualized environments,” she said. However, Barlow said that she has witnessed “some of these less tolerant beliefs towards women” from some of the 18- 21-year-old men in enrolled in her courses, and said that many female professors within her own personal network have noticed “increased defiance among some more conservative male students.” The online survey was conducted from Jan. 25 to Jan. 30 among a randomized sample of 2,004 Canadian adults. A sample of this size would carry a margin of error of plus or minus 2.2 percentage points, 19 times out of 20. While a vast majority (90 per cent) agreed “women are right to tell their stories, even if it was in the past” and there should be zero forgiveness for offenders, nearly three-quarters (73 percent) also believed “people’s careers are being ruined without due process or a chance to defend themselves.” • Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Twitter: 4/5