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In the New York Times recently, I saw an analysis of the present crisis in the relationship between men and women in the workplace that declared: “the problem is people in authority not understanding or not caring about boundaries, not seeing those under them or around them as human beings deserving of respect, and losing any reticence or hesitation about abusing their power over them. “
My first reaction was to snort: “Boundaries? What boundaries?” When I was coming of age, back in 1979, the intellectual’s favorite movie—-it won all sorts of prizes—-was one in which Woody Allen played a middle-aged guy having a full-blown affair with a 17-year-old. That film was playing in America’s theaters right around the same time that a younger would-be Senate candidate Roy Moore was dating teenagers: scoff all you want about Alabama, but the movie was called “Manhattan.”More