Marissa Lingen (mrissa) wrote,
Marissa Lingen
mrissa

Circling around a theory

I had a brief but interesting conversation on e-mail this afternoon, and I'm circling around a theory, so I'd appreciate it if you could humor me here:

Poll #519570 Social standards

Social changes in the US in the late 1960s led to standards of social behavior, in general:

Being raised
6(12.2%)
Being lowered
5(10.2%)
Changing, but qualitatively, not quantitatively (including "better for some, worse for others, it all averages out")
34(69.4%)
Not changing much in the long-run
2(4.1%)
I don't know
2(4.1%)
I don't care
0(0.0%)

After the late 1960s, people were more likely to treat a stranger on the street, on the average:

Better (that is, more how you would like people to be treated) than they would have before
12(24.5%)
Worse than they would have before
5(10.2%)
Differently than they would have before, but on the average neither better nor worse
15(30.6%)
About the same as they would have before
6(12.2%)
I don't know
11(22.4%)
I don't care
0(0.0%)

After the late 1960s, people were more likely to treat a cordial acquaintance who is not a close friend, on the average:

Better
7(14.3%)
Worse
3(6.1%)
Different
3(6.1%)
Same
16(32.7%)
Don't know
20(40.8%)
Don't care
0(0.0%)

Compared to how things were in, say, 1965, a woman's appearance is:

More important than it was
3(6.1%)
Less important than it was
11(22.4%)
Equally important but with different standards of beauty
31(63.3%)
Exactly the same amount of importance and same standards (please justify this one in comments if you pick it)
1(2.0%)
Don't know
2(4.1%)
Don't care
1(2.0%)

Compared to how things were in, say, 1965, a man's appearance is:

More important than it was
10(20.4%)
Less important than it was
9(18.4%)
Equally important but with different standards
22(44.9%)
Exactly the same
3(6.1%)
Don't know
4(8.2%)
Don't care
1(2.0%)


Elaborate in the comments if you'd like, by all means.
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