A new poll taken by The Economist and YouGov over the past month shows some surprising views on what exactly constitutes sexual harassment in five Western countries.
Over-friendly, or sexual harassment? It depends partly on whom you ask https://t.co/dae5uRMcCq
— The Economist (@TheEconomist) November 17, 2017
The poll found that younger people are much more likely to consider things sexual harassment.
One consistent pattern that emerged was a generation gap. In general, younger respondents were more likely to think that a behaviour crossed the line than their older peers were. For example, over half of British women under 30 said that wolf-whistling was unacceptable. Less than a fifth of those over 64 felt that way.
In the United States, for example, more than a third of young adults of both sexes said they’d consider it sexual harassment if a man who was not a romantic partner commented on a woman’s attractiveness.
Over 1/3 of American young adults think it's "always/usually" sexual harassment if a man who not a woman's romantic partner compliments her looks.
About 1 in 4 young women say it's always/usually SH if he asks her out for a drink.
— Cathy Young (@CathyYoung63) November 20, 2017
We're in the midst of a major counter-sexual-revolution: https://t.co/WZP1D8l6q3
— W Bradford Wilcox (@WilcoxNMP) November 20, 2017
Neo-Victorianism is gonna be dimly lit af https://t.co/zk8NHzMyBp
— Jonah Goldberg (@JonahNRO) November 20, 2017
The sexual revolution was nice while it lasted, back to the victorian era again https://t.co/Isrtm5f6Pp
— Yeyo (@YeyoZa) November 21, 2017
No flirting or dating allowed. https://t.co/UOHj2dR7t6
— Liz Finnegan (@TheGingerarchy) November 21, 2017
Can’t imagine why men are choosing to spend their time in mom’s basement playing video games. https://t.co/LuoZ2zowtd
— redemily (@Emily30Red) November 21, 2017
Please remember to spay and neuter your millennials. https://t.co/2AROFampH2
— Todd Erzen (@DeaceOnline) November 21, 2017
WTF. We are doomed. https://t.co/j1BwPGDG9o
— C Truth?? (@C_Truth_) November 20, 2017
Wow, we have a done a terrible job. https://t.co/TCm4K4EfsA
— ☮️LizBuddie? (@lizbuddie) November 21, 2017
It's coming. Heterosexual defined as a pathology. https://t.co/yCdEu8IBi9
— Henry Makow (@HenryMakow) November 21, 2017
How are they ever going to get married and have babies? https://t.co/a140ry9RLR
— Tim Carney (@TPCarney) November 20, 2017
This no flirting thing is going to make reproduction of the species awfully complicated. https://t.co/KDOnqK1Ggt
— Turkey is Garbage Meat Musket (@Patriot_Musket) November 20, 2017
How do millennials think someone becomes a "romantic partner" in the first place? https://t.co/kRjNoGArNM
— Drew McCoy (@_Drew_McCoy_) November 21, 2017
Just because people think that's "sexual harassment" doesn't mean it actually is.
Compliments aren't sexual harassment.
If you don't want to go out for drinks, just say no.
Since when did this become such a hard concept to understand https://t.co/ZOttGAkAXY
— Cameron Wallace (@cam_wallaceee) November 20, 2017
Remeber the good old days when saying hello to someone you didn't know didn't make you a creep. https://t.co/7J9qbM0AK8
— Steve Patterson (@StevePTrading) November 21, 2017
Men and women do not know how to relate to each other anymore. I think the sexual revolution is to blame for this. https://t.co/ryxKNdeLhr
— MOverruled (@molratty) November 21, 2017
This global sex panic that liberals are currently engaging in is up there with the worst excesses of religious puritanism. https://t.co/e5XpCSOpJU
— John McGuirk (@john_mcguirk) November 21, 2017
The inability to understand the other gender contributes to our inability to find a mate, delayed childbearing, and divorce. ☹ https://t.co/WtsyUslzQw
— A Stand Up Girl (@AStandUpGirl) November 21, 2017
This is frightening. There's no other word for it… https://t.co/kDDNEKZdCk
— Jerry Bonner (@JBonner71) November 21, 2017
I'm 53. If you compliment my looks, I will smile and say thank you. When I'm 73, I might give you money. https://t.co/cVHq0mLgHr
— Amy Alkon (@amyalkon) November 20, 2017
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