Rosie the Riveter, Elvis Presley, and swing dance. What is there not to love about the ’40s through ’70s. Sure there was a world war, the day of pigs, and don’t even get me started on the pure crime of hairstyles coming out of the ’70s. Overall though, it was just like any other time in world history. There were great moments and poor ones. I just happen to be a big fan of those great moments.
I tie my hair in bandanas, wear bell-bottoms, and listen to the Monkeys and Beach Boys. My desktop is decorated with Norman Rockwell clippings, Bugs Bunny is my favorite cartoon character, and Coca-Cola is best drank out of a glass bottle with peanuts. I am a woman trapped in time who still swoons over Bobby Darin and Dean Martin while being inspired by the Women of World War 2.
Clearly, there are plenty of things to love about this era, for me though, it comes down to three main factors.
1. I can stand out and still look good
I’ve never been the kind of person who followed the trends of others. While other girls idealized Miley Cyrus and Ariana Grande, I had Audrey Hepburn and Norma Jeane (Marilyn Monroe, before she went blond). I’m a strong believer that the bigger your hair and the more your skirt twirls the better it is. Sure I don’t fit into the crowd, but my personality and strong-will does that for me anyway. My unique style simply allows me to look good while I do so.
2. Humor was still clean, to a degree
This was the golden age of Loony Tunes, Tom and Jerry, and The Flintstones. Shows could be humorous without being vulgar. Sure, there were off-colored jokes, and creeps will always find ways to pervert and twist, but as a whole, family-friendly was the main agenda for the entertainment industry. As a result, society as a whole was cleaner or at least put on a good front. Rudeness was not tolerated, character was a lesson taught to all children, and private matters weren’t openly hung out to dry.
3. It was a turning point for many areas of life
You can disagree with me on the previous two reasons. In your opinion ripped jeans may be far better then sideburns and the 20th century could have been the farthest thing from morally just with its racism and sexism. I won’t deny these facts. As I said above, this was just like any other time in history with its share of great moments and poor ones. With that said, the fact that this was a changing point in society is undeniable.
As a country, we came out of a depression and won a world war. We removed the barrios between race and valued women in the work field. Sure we’re not perfect yet but we have come a long way and we owe a great deal of this change to the 20th century.
Why do I love the ’40s-’70s?
There’s the fashion, music, and we can’t forget swing dancing. At the core though, my obsession with this time era has more to do with the people and the actions they took to make their lives, this country and the world as a whole, a better experience.