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Generation Huh?

- May 29th, 2012

What generation do you belong to? We’re having a discussion in the newsroom this morning about the different generations: Baby Boomers, Echo Boomers, Gen X, Gen Y, Millenials, et cetera.

I was born in 1968, so I’m on the tail end of Generation X. What about you?

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18 comments

  1. Charlotte says:

    I’ve never felt the need to be part of a generation.

    Everyone has their own interests, their own trajectory in life.

    Is being born in 1975 as important to my identity as the age of my kids? The job I have? The studies I took? The city I was born in? The neighbourhood I live in?

    Those things dictate who my peers are, much more than any Astrology you can come up with.

  2. pinkypie says:

    Mid-baby boom…1955,

  3. Why start just with BB offspring of WW2 vets? says:

    Don’t the Generations preceding the ‘pig-in-a-python’ count in the eyes of the LFP? Even your own parents ?
    You do still take our pre-war person money -.if only for Death Notices.
    There are stil some Edwardians, and many Geo V’ers including the one Jubileeing 60 this year .
    George VI’ers start 30 years before little Brown makes his entrance. Elizabeth II’ers include such as Reaney minor
    We include Lord Willingdonites tthrough David Johnstonians in GG reckoning, and former readers of the Advertiser.
    Happy Seniors Month upcoming !

  4. dan.brown says:

    pinkypie: Right in the sweetspot! You should look up the song Born in the Fifties by the Police, it’s on YouTube.

  5. Why start just with BB offspring of WW2 vets? says:

    One has no choice re generations – it is one’s placement on the family tree. It is not subjective.
    Date of birth shows to what an individual has lived with historically and a projection of when that life might end.
    When the individual could need old age supports.
    It also indicates about when you would be starting a family, and when they will need school rooms. When thet
    will enter the workforce.
    Your peers are simply by the time your mothers gave birth which has patterns for community planning. Peers” in jury sense means equals not judgement by your betters
    Don’t confuse demographics with marketting Identy and writer cleverness X and all that are very recent terms,
    meaning little to anyone older that Coupland et al..
    Not all of had the luxury of controlling their own “trajectory” of life. World events can cut across lifelines and
    generations, such as wars, invention of communications, disease epidemics.

    .

  6. Why start just with BB offspring of WW2 vets? says:

    Note the story just in about the number of Centenarians, those born by 1912.
    The lesser number of OldOld males compared to OldOld females is in part
    due to those of the former gender who went to war, never to come back
    or if so to die of war-related causes, but at least claiming places with the
    other generations of their families in ltheir ocal cemetery plots.
    There are generations alive who do not define themselves by the purchases
    they made of “Songs”, believe it or not !

  7. 1975 Identity issues says:

    Charlotte – did you know that the year of your birth, the wife of a Member of Parliament
    couldn’t get a Canadian passport in her preferred professional name? This scandalous
    behaviour undercut her husband’s political career because the good boys couldn’t
    handle such independence from a wife-of.

  8. m.y. opinion says:

    @ “1975 Identity issues”: you bring up the memory of the burgeoning feminist consciousness and awakening of women’s rights of the era. One can also recall the establishment’s ludicrously named “The Royal Commission on the Status of Women,” a clumsy attempt to appropriate the grass-roots women’s rights groups that had been organizing independent of our political parties at the time.. It was thanks to brave women of the sixties and seventies that won the hard-fought struggle to end sexual bias in our society, deeply entrenched in our patriarchical culture such as: the pressumption that females should be identified by marital status (Miss or Mrs.); accept lesser pay for equal work; face restrictions to entry to various jobs and professions; freedom over one’s own body; stopping via prosecuting violence against women; making available access to daycare…and other human rights and choices that we all enjoy presently (and take for granted perhaps) .

  9. Charlotte says:

    I may take my human rights and choices for granted, but there are many women around the world born in 1975 that do not have those same rights and choices.

    I don’t see how they can possibly be part of ‘my generation’. With any luck, those women will come to identify with the women of the 60s and 70s who provided the life I take for granted.

    Does that make them ‘Baby Boomers’?

  10. Romeos Galore says:

    Charllotte/MYO – what was nicknamed the” Baby Boom”, was the sudden spike
    in births beginning 1947, when the boys came marching home, married and
    started reproducing. It peaked by 1959, and ended by 1964 when the Pill
    was invented giving the wives more control over family planning.
    Actually it is not a generation as in one’s own family, but a demographic
    a population count. Numbers.
    One doesn’t Identify with this c 15 -year band of live births. The births as
    counted in the statistics. It isn’t a LifeStyle as one would think from media..
    Pre-War persons remember earlier achievements in forwarding the causes
    that would benefit women in this country. Those Centenarians remember
    getting the vote as their menfolk were in the trenches, electing the first
    woman to the House, the Alberta 5 campaign to open the Senate to females.
    The opening of the armed services to women. The creation of Universal
    Human RIghts just after that war. McTeer and the Queen apparently Wheb
    they met were more amused at the Wife-of stuff, solved with the invention
    of Ms or Ms.
    My memory of those groups was that they were not self-funded like the
    traditional women’s groups, but lobbying for public money.
    A Commission on anything is just an investigation, and the status of the
    woman in Canada at that point in time was an interesting study.
    ‘Taking for granted’ is the hallmark of postwar generations, an attitude
    other women in other societies may not aspire to- certainly my living
    generations don’t., they appreciate their privileges. Must remind you young
    people that achieving the status of ‘Mrs,’ being mistress of one’s own
    household, and creating a family was a goal of most females until fairly
    recently. We just swallowed the change his family Surname – unless we
    like it nicer than the one we were were stuck with at own birth. our
    father’s.

  11. MORAL NEVER "paste" without looking says:

    Sorry. That literary heading was left over from cutting
    it from from a Jas. Reaney posting to address one of his fans.
    ’1975 Identity issues’

  12. ROYAL COMMIISSION.. says:

    It seemed a reasonable thing to initiate in our Centennial year and lFlorence Bird (Mrs. John)
    You can find the report online along with juvenile reaction such as Al Edmonds at Macleans.
    - Re Mrs. and retaining your father’s surname, would you have Adrienne cast aside Mr. Clarkson’s
    family name, and Beverley reject that of London’s distinguished McLachlin family?
    What’s in a name, indeed. Poy and Gietz don’t have the same ring…
    The Boom (nicknamed by L Y Jones in 1980) was mainly in English-speaking countries, the West.
    US Canada and Australia show slightly different parameters for this post- war unexpected fertility
    boom. Wiki has a US chart of the phenomen I think…

  13. BABY BOOM ILLUSTRATED IN G&M says:

    Globe and Mail centrefold has helpful timeline.
    With luck as this group of birthdates starts moving into their 65th year, a
    better popular term will be found to differentiate them from cohorts behind.
    Being referred to as a Baby all your life can’t be good for you…

  14. a says:

    @ Romeos Galore and @ ROYAL COMMIISSION..

    Maybe opinions and memories of those times could use a little more information and education from some who were actually there:

    “Canadian Women’s Issues Vol.1 Strong Voices: Twenty-five years of women’s activism in English Canada, 1967-93″ by Ruth Roach Pierson, Marjorie Griffin Cohen, Paula Bourne, Philinda Masters (easy to find online or in your favourite library).

    Back to the topic of generation and identification with a particular epoch…Each generation likes to think it will change the world. Each generation believes it is unique and destined to be on the cusp of grasping some greatness that eluded the generation before. Each generation dies. The search for meaning, purpose and significance continues…with the next generation.

  15. A ---re who was there says:

    Rather depends on when what’s meant by decades meant “were There”. Found this in LPL catalogue =
    Canadian women’s issues / Ruth Roach Pierson [et al.] Non Fiction Toronto, ON : J. Lorimer, 1993-

    -Still can’t find out who the 25 were. My cohort was ‘There’ long before Centennial year, our reference
    points going back to mothers and grandmothers achieving the federalvote, the right to stand for federal office
    and the opening of the Senate by Alberta 5 by grannies across the street out west.
    Opening the armed services to females in WW2. Opening of Hart House to women and the Legion to female vets both about 40 years ago.And were around for the various “second wave” activities, mildly active re some issues.
    Could you supply the names of the 25 women chosen for the article as so far can’t find them online or get to LPL.
    -My generation did not think it was unique – but females c 20 to 40 were rather more appreciative of our gender as
    we watch the men go marching off to war in khaki, navy and airforce blue, many never to return for Class reunions.

  16. A ---re who was there says:

    Author Ruth Roach Pierson wasn’t There if we mean Canada for much of our
    experience in this field. …Google give this…
    -Born Seattle 1839, spent 1955/56 as a highschool exchange student in Germany.
    Trained as an academic historian at University of of Washington and Yale, Ph.D.
    thesis on “German Jewish Identity in the Weimar Republic.”
    Hired to teach European history at Memorial University of Newfoundland in1970,
    shifting to women’s history/ feminist studies after being hired at OISE Toronto in 1980.
    Her choices will be interesting…

  17. a says:

    @ re who was there…

    I’m not sure what you are asking: I don’t think the “25″ in the title refers to 25 people, rather, “25 years” i.e. the scope of the study.

    The history you recount here which I take to be a a tantalizing glimpse into your own personally lived-through history is intriguing and valuable. Thank you for sharing and please continue to do so both here, as well as consider offering an oral history to the librarians on record in the London Room. Your first-hand recollections are very valuable to historians and students of history and culture and I should like to urge you to also get in touch with the authors above or other similarly situated academics to have your input included in future works of this type.

    A far as quibling though on whether one is ‘qualified ‘ to write about a topic if one hasn’t personally lived it: one doesn’t have to be a drunk to write about alcoholism; a criminal to write about crime; a vetran to write about the Punic Wars…you catch my point..

    Back to the point: the study of generational impact became profoundly evident in the post WWII era. Demographic science was developed much earlier…some would say centuries earlier with Mathus .(who predicted wrongly) all the way to Herbert Spencer (Social Darwinism) (who also made wrong predictions) all the way to our modern demographers and census takers who are just trying their best to make sense of shifting masses.

    Call the generations what you like but we’re all part of a group that is born in one time-period and dead and dying in the next. What we do in between these markers is the legacy we leave to the generations to come.That’ll be the name that sticks.

  18. a says:

    The book referenced above included a time frame that highlighted episodes that I, yours truly, were intimately involved–it was about a slice of the history of the modern women’s movement where we were privileged to play a small part. The history as recorded in the book is accurate… but, the history of the womens movement is unfinished… and it can also be said, that its history is as old as history itself, and there is much more work to do. Maybe we’ve “come a long way baby,” but there’s a long way yet to go…both in this country and all over the world.

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