Women and Popular Culture of the 1970's

Essay by Preci28University, Bachelor's June 2005

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If we are to understand the popular culture of women in the 1970's we must first go back and see what caused this time period to be one of civil disobedience, voicing new freedoms and revolutionary ideas and celebrating differences. This society was created by genres of the past. It is important to look at these genres, because the past can be reflected in the future.

What caused women to voice new freedoms? Had they not tried to voice freedoms before with women's suffrage rights back in the 1920's, what made the 1970's so different? Why is it so idolized today? "In an article written in Newsweek, Carla Power writes that since the cornerstone of information is change, anything enduring becomes precious." Perhaps this is where we need to begin. Popular culture will be seen differently by baby boomers and young people today. There are different issues that confront the two generations.

With the end of the Vietnam Era for the baby boomers and the Watergate Scandal, this was a time of some peace and a need for change. Perhaps the baby boomers were ready for anything. Perhaps some of it was a time to fantasize, much like the romanticists of previous generations. Today the younger generation who is studying the popular cultures of the past may find it to be more peaceful than the constant murders, rapes and other destructive forces that we see on television and other media sources. Herewith, begins some of my queries regarding popular culture. First, exposure to media and technology has advanced greatly since the 1970's, e.g. Footage of things occurring in our lives today is much more visible to people of all ages. Media is all around us and everyone is exposed to popular culture whether they want to be or not. In...