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>> If the #MeToo movement and the questions it raises about boundaries and consent are putting a chill on relationships this Valentine's Day, it might be having the greatest impact on office romances. While plenty of Americans meet their future husband or wife at the office, a recent poll showed a stunning drop in the percentage of American workers who say they're dating a co-worker.
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Reuter's corresponant, Barbara Goldberg.>> Oddly enough, after it last year being a ten year high of people reporting office romances, that they were involved in them. This year, after the MeToo movement, it's at a ten year low. Some relationship experts actually have a totally different view. They feel that the MeToo movement is going to make men afraid.
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Make them very overly cautious and put a deep freeze on romance.>> 36% of the 809 employees asked, said they were seeing a co-worker. Down from 41% last year. In a statement, the pollsters say they can't be sure whether the MeToo movement is having a chilling effect on office romances or just leading more couples to conceal their relationships.
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Activists say the movement is about harassment, not romance. And could, instead, have a positive effect on relationships.>> People that support MeToo, a lot of feminists, say actually MeToo is going to increase romance among men and women. Because it's gonna encourage a much more honest and meaningful discussion about sex, about consent.
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And that'll make people feel more comfortable with each other, and will lead to even more romance.>> A conservative feminist urges workers to proceed slowly on flirtation in the workplace, adding that the safe romantic gestures, candies, cards, compliments, and flowers, might be construed as aggressive and harassment.