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A thing I sometimes wonder if I hallucinated is a brief national panic in the late ‘80s over “the Jennifers,” because that was when the first wave of Gen X women started entering the workforce, and lots of those first-wave Gen X women were named Jennifer so the media started referring to them collectively as “the Jennifers,” and Boomer women were panicking that their Boomer husbands would meet a young Jennifer at work and run away with her.

I swear I remember this “issue” being agonized over in national magazines

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I post the above to comfort you if you think The Discourse being stupid is a recent development. Take heart, The Discourse has been stupid for longer than either of us have been alive
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@laprice Dig deep enough into a social trend and there’s always a movie at the bottom 😆

Roger Ebert made fun of “Love Story” for decades. He used to diagnose characters in weepy romantic movies with Ali MacGraw's Disease, “where the only symptom is that the patient grows more beautiful until finally dying.”

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There was a brief time in the 90s when we used to laugh in amazement and disgust at the satanic panic and various other stupid hallucinations and it seemed like we had learned something.
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My life was changed as an adult when I randomly picked up "Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds".
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I didn't really have enough of a developed brain from 85-89 but this does somehow sound familiar
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Sounds very plausible, but I don't remember it, myself. I do remember a LOT of Jennifers in my cohort!

Also, my kids know ZERO Jennifers in theirs. But they do have "Taylors" ???

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Have experienced up to 5 Jennifers in a single office. We had a primitive group chat for, ahem, delivering incompletely addressed faxes. To give a feel for the times 😀.

Watching old 80s/90s TV, there were a lot of cringeworthy subplots about women in the workplace. Clearly some Boomers working through issues.

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@JMMaok As a Jason, the Gen X male version of Jennifer, I feel your pain 😆
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@JMMaok Ha! In my school it seemed like half the guys were named Jason. I never thought to ask the Mikes and Chrises how they were doing 😆