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How did the sixties help improve many peoples lives and how is it looked back upon today?

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How did the sixties help improve many peoples lives and how is it looked back upon today? To some people the 60s were the best of times with the breakdown of social class meaning equal rights for everyone. It also led to equal opportunities for women. But to some it was a time when many things went wrong with traditional views and ideas being questioned and change, sex and drugs being brought into public light and a general disrespect for the authority. One of the first reasons that people disliked the 60s was a change in traditional ideas and views. Before the change, in the 60s most people grew up, got married and (if they were a man they got a job and started a family.) However young people started to question and change traditional values. More people were getting divorced and even more were just not marrying at all. For the younger generation this was a huge revolution it meant much more freedom and gave them time to experiment. However some parents disliked the changes. things like this also led to the brake down of the class system, a system in which everyone was sorted into 3 classes ,upper(the rich),middle(the ones who had it ok but worked for there money) .and lower(bottom of the class, the poorest with the worst jobs) ...read more.


The fashion was changing to it went from plain and simple to short and bright. Music was also changing, it was now aimed at all ages and classes, and varied from classical music to pop and rock, which appealed to many different groups also causing many different styles of fashion for instance, Mods, Rockers, Hippies and Beatniks. As well as this television was changing-there were now programmes aimed at children and at there parents. There was more than one TV channel and there was more adverts encouraging children to buy certain products. All three of the above are linked together because they all influenced each other for instance if someone in a band was famous and always wore a certain make of trousers, if they went on television or radio and advertised the trousers ail of the shops would want to sell because they were now fashionable. The fashion of the sixties was mainly influenced by Mary Quant. At the time fashion meant women had to force themselves into corsets or girdles to achieve a particular shape this was painful and not very practical but Mary Quant did away with all that her clothes were described as "childishly young and naively unsophisticated". Some people loved the clothes because it was another form of rebellion and a great way of expressing themselves, however some people believe that certain groups took advantage of this, like hippies for example. ...read more.


Others stated half of the money saved from housekeeping's was a women's to keep this lead in the 1970's to women being given an equal share of the families assets in divorce and it also gave them a right to claim a share on of the financial assets of the financial assets. These were made to provide women with equality before the law but to some men ,who liked traditional ideas,this was seen to encourage the breakdown of marriage . Most of the legal changes in the sixties were for equality of the country. This was good to all lower class people but to some upper class people it was bad because they lost many of the privileges that they had enjoyed for the majority of there lives. So to some people, like lower classes, teenagers and same women, the sixties was the best of times with the changes In society, brake down of class system giving people an opportunity to make a decent living, the relative freedom of speech and better rights for women but to some it was a period when things went wrong. For the upper classes it was a time when the social classes broke down an important barrier between rich and poor. For women it gave them near equality and more freedom to decide what they wanted to do with their lives. Most importantly the 60's gave freedom to the youth movement. Allowing them to express themselves and change the way they wanted things to be. ...read more.

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