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Was the sexism satirically inflated?


This film was written and released a few years before I was born - and by the time I discovered in the late 80s, its attitudes toward women in the workplace seemed cartoonishly sexist. Not really in an offensive way, and I realize some of this is inflated for effect in the dialogue, almost like exposition toward a character or a setting.

Then I think to myself, maybe it's more accurate of the time then I realized. Wherever the truth, I think it's pretty clear that Vidal had a somewhat dismissive opinion of women at the time himself.

Who remembers 1964? Does this film seem accurate, inflated or even downplayed?

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I did not enter the workforce until 1972 and I never worked in a typical civilian office environment prior to enlisting. I suspect that a lot of what is shown is exaggerated in movies and television from the error. However, I will say that the daily activity I saw in the military and civilian environments I was in included light banter (and I mean light banter) that would be considered sexist today. Good natured teasing of one another was part of the bonding process. If it went too far, the perpetrator(s) were quickly chastised on the spot. A woman's, as well as the men's ability to fit in included being able to interact well.

What I have seen in the last two decades is everyone almost continuously avoiding any social conversation in the office. There is an omnipresent threat of repercussion for any offensive comment no matter how innocuous the intent.

The best diplomat I know is a fully charged phaser bank.

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What I have seen in the last two decades is everyone almost continuously avoiding any social conversation in the office. There is an omnipresent threat of repercussion for any offensive comment no matter how innocuous the intent.


Yeah it's gone crazy. I remember back well over a decade ago seeing CourtTV cover an auto executive's lengthy civil trial over being fired from his job after discussing a Seinfeld episode. And it's only gotten crazier.

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