May 9 · 6:15 PM
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I've been wanting to check out one of these free forums for ages, and this topic sounds particularly interesting. Robyn Abraham writes the "Misconduct" etiquette column in the Boston Globe. Let's meet at 6:15pm, and go into the theatre together. The forum starts at 6:30. If folks are interested, we can go for drinks at the Tip Tap Room after the forum.
Not long ago, we lived in a world where cursing was verboten, only sailors had tattoos, and smoking marijuana was confined to college experimentation. Are these things really more prevalent today or were they acceptable long before they reached the puritanical eyes of American society? And if they are met with less disdain these days, is it because we’re a more accepting society or because this is the beginning of a backslide into a social world rife with slovenly self-conduct? Moderator Robin Abrahams (author, “Miss Conduct” etiquette column) talks with Melissa Mohr (author, Holy Sh*t: A Brief History of Swearing), Margot Mifflin (author, Bodies of Subversion: A Secret History of Women and Tattoo), and Bill Downing (former President, MassCANN/NORML) to determine whether we can let it all hang out or if crossing the line is a harbinger of societal disaster.