Why I Love the ’60s

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Have you ever thought: “I was born at the wrong time…I should’ve been born in ________?” I think this all the time and I think I should have been alive in the ’60s. Here is why I love the ’60s.

As an American, I want to clarify that I would want to live in the 1960s in the United States. I just feel like this was a time of movement, change, and excitement. While things were still “old fashioned” from my perspective they were also changing, and quickly. Also, I would’ve wanted to be a young adult in the 60s, like in my mid 20s, so I guess I would’ve wanted to have been born around 1940.

1) Feminism in the ’60s. Yes. Just Yes. The publication of The Feminine Mystique. The founding of the National Organization for Women. Marches for women’s liberation. The possibility of befriending Gloria Steinem. Oh the list goes on and on, and oh how I can dream. I think it’s the feminist in me who would have just love to have witnessed this critical moment in the battle for women’s rights and reproductive rights.

2) Civil Rights movement. To have seen and heard the speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the marches of Malcolm X. To have fought for civil rights would have been so challenging and exciting at the same time. I am so sure I would’ve been right at the front lines of the Civil Rights movement. I know it was a struggle, but it was a beautiful struggle.

3) Social Revolution, Counterculture and the Anti-War Movement. The birth of hippies. Having a VW van plastered in anti-war stickers. The ties to the sexual revolution and feminism. Protests and sit-ins for peace.

4) The fashion. I love the clothes and hair from the ’60s. Skirts and dresses for women. Men still wearing suits and hats. And then the progression into mod looks and hippie-style bell bottoms. Oh yes.

5) The music. Music was starting to super rock. There were so many types of music that started at this time. You’ve got Julie Andrews singing Mary Poppins, Motown, rock and roll, The Beatles, and classic rock legends like Bob Dylan and Robert Plant. I really love music from this decade.

6) Films. The Sound of Music. Alfred Hitchcock. This was a great decade for film and an especially good decade for musicals.

YES awesome clothes

In summary, I would’ve wanted to befriend Gloria Steinem, challenge social norms of the time socially and politically, and wear really fabulous clothing. Thanks for indulging my ’60s fantasies. What decade would other folks have wanted to live in?

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  1. Avatar of Savannah Logsdon-Breakstone
    Savannah Logsdon-Breakstone

    I’m doing all those things today- I’m fighting for Disability Justice, and against sexism and racism and bigotry against people of diverse faiths. I spend time working online for sexual freedom, and for the acceptance of people’s sexualities be they asexual, polyamorous, or kinky. I listen to the tunes and watch the films and can wear the clothes, without having to deal with the not so great parts of the media of the day- I don’t have to wait for the next album, because we already have it.

    Sure, I might get looks for wearing out of date clothes. But if I love it, that’s reason enough.

  2. Avatar of [E]SaraB
    [E]SaraB

    I like playing this game, but for different reasons. I fantasize about living in the 50′s of 60′s, then I think about all the downsides – living in the age of the civil rights movement also means living in an age where lots of people think racism is natural and right. Living in the “idyllic” 50′s means living in the middle of sexism and being shunned for being different. By popping the golden age bubbles in my mind, I appreciate where I live now more. The world isn’t perfect, but it has come a long way.

  3. Avatar of freckle [M]
    freckle [M]

    I think I’m pretty lucky right now, to be honest. Yes, I would love to have experienced some ages, but only if I’d know I would be able to fall back on the (social and financial) security I have right now. The end of the nineteenth century in Paris, the Roaring Twenties in The States ..all more about experience than mindsets for me.

     

  4. Avatar of awkwardette
    awkwardette

    2) Civil Rights movement. To have seen and heard the speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the marches of Malcolm X. To have fought for civil rights would have been so challenging and exciting at the same time. I am so sure I would’ve been right at the front lines of the Civil Rights movement. I know it was a struggle, but it was a beautiful struggle.”

    As a white girl, it’s totally easy for me to feel this way too. I have no idea what the OP’s race is, but I feel like it’s important to note that this would not be universally true for most people, particularly POCs who lost their lives fighting for this because they were extremely marginalized and oppressed even more than they are now (and we’re still dealing with this shit–Trayvon Martin, of course). I feel like it’s coming from a really privileged POV to romanticize this sort of thing. I just wanna throw that out there, but it seems like OP seems aware of that, so I don’t mean to rag on you, just feel like it’s gotta be said.

    But I feel you, beyond that…. the 60s were such an amazing time for aesthetics. The clothes, the decor, the girl groups! Sigh.

  5. Avatar of BaseballChica03
    BaseballChica03

    Sometimes I think it would be awesome to have been alive during the 1960s activist heyday. But then I remember why they had to fight and what they were fighting against in the first place and think, no thanks. For all the problems women face today, it would have been so much worse to have been a woman in the past, in pretty much any era I can think of.

    1. Avatar of deuteragonist
      deuteragonist

      Exactly!

      That’s why, whenever playing the “if you could live in any time period, what would it be?” game, I always have to clarify if I’m hypothetically female or male (and straight, and white, and upper-class…) If I’m female, the answer is always “now.”

    2. Avatar of WillowWeen
      WillowWeen

      This. It makes me think of all those fringe mens groups we have today. The ones you can see on vomit-inducing display at places like manboobs.com. Today, it’s eye-roll worthy. But back in the 60s, that’s how virtually all men thought. AND spoke. It was just the norm.

      While I love the 70s, with the music and fashion and (at least in Britain) sexual revolutions – I would not have wanted to live then. Not as a woman, anyway.

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