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The Fact Is The 1970's Were Great! But What Made Them So Special?
Oh For the old days?
Watching the TV series 'It Was Alright In The 70's' I was bemused and shocked, and lets face it, pretty annoyed to!
The TV series shown on Channel 4 British TV, concerns the 1970's and how different things are today.
So why was I shocked?
The difference between now and then was unbelievable.The series deals mainly with 1970's TV but does discuss what it was like back then.
There was sexism, pinching of bums, women walking around half dressed and so on, and even actors emulating different religions and races.The format shows modern day actors and TV Celebs watching these 1970's series and their reaction.
So as I said, I was shocked.
But not by what they were watching!
The shock came from the reaction by the Celebs.
And here's why!
Oh shock horror!
The celebs in question were watching with disgust, disbelief and derision on their faces. Every word, exclamation and look on their face told me that back then, we were savage racist sexist people who didn't know how to treat people.
In other words we were living in the dark ages, and thank goodness those celebs who were watching, lived today. Because if they had lived back then they would have expired. It was
DISGUSTING! Oh Yeah? Well let me tell ya.....!
You couldn't be more wrong!
Real men and lots of 'em!
Let me take you back to the 1970's when I was a young teen. I left school in 1976 and started work straight away in an office. I started going out in the evenings at 16 years old. For four years I partied in pubs and clubs. Then I got married. I dated lots of guys. Most of them were Black men. But I didn't realize they were black, or I should say, I took no notice that they were black.They trusted us. We trusted them.
Not once and I mean, not once was the word racism, black or bigot thrown about. Black and white respected each other. We were all friends. I went to the pubs with black guys, along with my punk friends. Who by the way wore cut off trousers, holes in our stockings and black lipstick with purple hair!
I felt safe as houses as they say. Nobody mentioned race. Ever. My boyfriend at the time was called Marmite! Shock Horror! Er sorry, he chose that name! His real name was Dave. There were a few Asian guys around, they were friendly but kept to themselves. A few of them started trouble but it never touched us.
Our men looked after us. Black and white. They protected us. Sexism? No. Just men being real men. Which they were. Because they were allowed to be!
Gentle and Funny. 1970's. Newcomers to England loved this!
Adults, remember that word?
Nobody was on Welfare or Dole as we call it. In fact, if anybody signed on for more than a month we would laugh in their faces! We were all hard workers. Black, White, foreign, we all worked our butts off. And partied hard too. We respected each other.
There wasn't the internet, so we didn't really know about other countries so much. They were far away, so it didn't touch us. If a guy got a girl pregnant, he would either marry her or give her money and support for life.
Don't get me wrong. There were probably a few 'Shotgun weddings'. But you have to realize that back then sleeping with each other was the norm. In fact more so than today, probably.
Surprised? Yep thought so!
There were plenty of 'Foreign' people about. But they came over to genuinely work and we all got on well. Not one problem. On TV the foreigners were laughed with, not at. And they played along. Because, well, we were all adults! They also took the 'Mickey' out of us too. Because we were adults having a joke.
Note the word adult. I will come back to it.
Sexism = equality!
And now for sexism. Yep there was loads! Shocked? Of course! But.....
If a guy pinched our backsides, we would turn round and either pinch theirs or slap their faces. Most of the time it was fun, banter and flirting. If a guy stepped out of line we would step on him! Don't you worry we would get our own back!
There was no going to court and wailing 'He touched my bum, sue him'! We were adults. Obviously, like today, if it went too far we would call the law.
I find it very insulting to think people thought women were exploited back then purely on the basis of a TV series. We kicked ass if pushed! Simple as that!
Are You Being Served? Very Funny!
Okay, Now for the so called modern era!
There is no sexism. Its not allowed. There is no racism. Its not allowed. Which is great. But....
There is. And its a lot more public now than its ever been. Virtually every single day you will see a TV report of a racist attack somewhere or other. Only today I read about two white guys being tortured and racially assaulted by black men. Because we do all know it works both ways, but we also know that's not allowed to be said!
We don't all work. So many people are on welfare and the Dole its unbelievable. And at work we have to be so careful of not offending anyone. Not that we would because we are, well, adults....but someone is sure to try it on.
Don't touch him, don't brush past her. Be careful how you speak to the foreign person because even though they have only been here five minutes if you look at them the wrong way you will be done for sexism, racism religious-ism.......get the point?
Then of course there are the 'men' who get girls pregnant. Unlike the old days when men stepped up, these days the young boys have got an opt out.
And boy do they use it!
Woman are strong! They want equality! They can do everything themselves! So...
Go on then!
They get the girls pregnant, clear off, never give the girls money for the kids and run off to the next girl who will take them, and do it all again. No responsibility. No guilt. Why should there be? I mean, we don't need men so why should'nt they?
Go girls! We can do it all! We don't need a guy to bring up ten kids! We don't need them to have manners, so why not shut doors in our faces, not get up on a bus even if we are pregnant or old. No, why? Because we are the new women!
These days there are no inter racial jokes on TV for example. Oh they can insult us, jokingly...but we as white English/American etc are not allowed to do it back, even as a joke on TV. A foreign person can emulate a white person taking off their accent and clothes and call it funny. But not the other way.
The main problem is the fact that these days we have the internet. We can see, talk to, and join in The World. We do it every single day. Which is great. I love it. I talk to people from everywhere. Love em' to bits! But that's the good part.
The dark side is we have Trolls that insult, talk filth, attack and do all sorts just because someone has another opinion. Specially if they come from a different country. Hey guys? Guess what! Every country is different! We are all allowed to have an opinion! We are adults! Look, there's that word again!
On top of that all you ever see these days are kids and adults alike staring at their cell phone. In the street, in the shops, in the home, in the pubs and clubs! What's that about? You are out partying with friends but standing in a corner staring at a rectangular piece of metal and glass? Seriously? Robots! That's what we are today! Bland boring and dull.
Some Mothers....Funny and not offensive.
Just a quick word about 70's Punk rock, fashion and themes. Back in the 70's and early 80's we had style. Can you imagine today's kids running around like this photo? No, didn't think so!
Today people are very straight. There are no themes, outrageous fashion, different styles of music and groups. Today they are all the same. Said it before, dull boring and bland!
Back then we had Punks, Teds, Skins and the good old Biker boys. There was color, fun, and style. We loved to shock, but that was part of the whole scene.
Looking at this photo do you really think we were old fashioned and stilted back then? No, thought not!
Those were the days!
So lets round it up shall we?
1. I dated lots of Black guys and foreign men. It was totally accepted. No racism.
= 10 points
1. Multi racial dating perfectly acceptable. Exactly the same.
= 10 points
2. We felt totally safe with any race or religion. They were guys. They were awesome and they darn well loved to look after us!
= 10 points
2. Safe to a certain degree. But men do tend to let women do their 'Own thing' and walk home alone these days. Hence more attacks, rapes and so on. There isn't so much respect between races so have to be more careful, every side.
= 9 points
3. We all worked. Simple as that. If someone was on welfare we all ganged up on them laughing till they got a job.
3. Its a joke.Hundreds of thousands on the dole. Some cannot help it obviously. But hundreds of young men are taking the welfare because they just do not give a damn.
= 3 points
4. Back then boys were men a hell of a lot quicker. If they got a girl pregnant at least 60 percent of them would either marry or support for life. They did it, they took the blame like a man.
= 9 points
4. LOLOLO! Its a joke! Thousands of young men go from one girl to another, sewing their seeds and walking away, because, wait for it.....Girls can do it cos they are .....INDEPENDENT!!
= 2 points!
70's Sexism on TV and in real life.
5. Yep there was loads. Intake of breath..but it was equal! They pinched our bums, we slapped their faces. They tried anything else they would get a meeting with an older brother or boyfriend. Because we were adults!
= 5 points
5. Don't get me wrong. I am totally for protecting women. Well protecting everybody to be honest. So I am in total respect of the laws today. But you have to remember back then it was done in a more innocent way. These days it isn't. Sadly its another thing that has lost its child like funny innocence. So this one I will concede. But it can be over the top as I mentioned above.
= 10 points
6. We were so innocent back then. We were British. We lived the British way. Which meant teasing, touching, kissing, sometimes pushing our luck but it was done in an innocent but funny adult way.
= 10 points
6. Sadly there isn't any. Everyone is too savvy. Touch the wrong place, say the wrong word, look or speak a wrong sentence and boom! You are caught. An innocent comment can make you lose your job, house and reputation. Why? Because people do not have the same sense of humour any more. With a mixture of cultures, religions and creeds, we who use to use 'English humour' at its best, are now regarded as wrong. Simple as that.
= 5 points
We have too much World these days. We know too much. While other cultures live in their country, or come to ours, and you are most welcome by the way, like you always have been, you are allowed to keep your culture and religion etc.
We white British/American/Canadian....and so on are trying to cling to ours. But we are told it is wrong. By who's standards? This is England. Others should conform to us. Not the other way round!
So we are lost. We have the world, but we are too savvy and jaded.
Oh someone please bring back the 70's.
1970's have 54 points.- Today has 39 points!
Outright winner......THE 1970'S! (surprise)!
TV v Reality.
Last word on the actual TV programs of the 70's. Yes they were sexist racist and so on. But that wasn't reality. In order of bad to not too bad here we have:
- Love Thy Neighbor was terrible in its racism. But it was done in 'Tongue in Cheek' way, and the black guy gave back as good as he got. But still, awful!
- Til Death us Do Part - Rib crunching funny, but terribly racist, sexist and so on. But the point was, it was meant to be! The old guy, played by Warren Mitchell was meant to be the most obnoxious man on the planet. But it wouldn't be shown today.
- Mind Your Language - This wasn't racist as such, but it would be seen that way today. Foreign students learning English. Very funny series.
Mind Your Language, is said to be one of the newcomers favorite programs of all time back then!
Getting back to 'Love Thy Neighbor and Till Death', it was appalling! Watching them on Youtube I just cringed and turned them off. Seems some things did need to change.
We do have to remember that we did not make those series, and some of us back then thought they were bad. But on the whole:
The moral of the story is:
Never judge the people back then by the standards and rules of today!
So, what do you think?
Please let me know in the comments below. Thanks.
So What Do You Think? 1970's or Today?
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