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To some people the 1960s were the best of times, to others it was a period when many things went wrong in society. Why do people have such different ideas about the 1960s?

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Zak McLeod To some people the 1960s were the best of times, to others it was a period when many things went wrong in society. Why do people have such different ideas about the 1960s? To many people the "swinging sixties" were a time of fun and freedom, the beginning of equality and a decade where Britain became a happy country of proud success, however, to many others the rebellious sixties were taken advantage of by defiant teenagers and was a decade where "discipline" was put a side. Furthermore, both agree that it was a decade where Britain underwent a profound and intense change. It turns out there were many positives to the 1960s although there were many negatives. ...read more.


The Sixties were the decade when the 'pill' arrived. This is another reason why the 1960s could have been seen as a big failure. It was available from Family Planning Clinics from 1967. This not only provided a safe form of contraception, but also reduced painful menstruation and even acne. Recently, doctors have discovered side affects of the pill but at the time, for many women, the pill seemed to be a simple solution to a difficult problem. In 1967 abortion also became legal in Britain for the first time. Until then the only way of terminating a pregnancy was to use a "back street" abortion, this was an illegal process that proved to be very dangerous. ...read more.


These Acts of Parliament were intended to provide women with equality before the law. To allow women to obtain justice when a marriage broke down. However, this could be seen as a bad rule because to some people, these changes in the law appeared t encourage the break down of a marriage and weaken peoples ambitions to succeed in a marriage. To conclude, there is no doubt that Britain in 1970 was very different from Britain in 1960. The family was the mist important social unit and it was usually dominated by the husband or father. However, by the end of the Swinging Sixties, what mattered most in society was no longer your family, but the individual. Freedom and self-expression now seemed to be more important than responsibility and obligation. ...read more.

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