We started here, fell back ten years, and now we explore the wild transitional period that was the shift of the 1970s to the 1980s, the next great shift in interest on our retrogressive timeline (There’s a lot of love for the 90s, but relatively speaking, this was a calmer decade).
Where do we start? Punk was in full swing to compete with the disco fever that the world was experiencing. Classic rock was reaching another peak. Empowerment and Pride were still the tools to use for previously suppressed groups (like the stereotype of mid-century housewives and the injustices toward people of color) to ensure they felt comfortable in their skin, not beneath others. People began swapping their wildly colorful, bell-bottomed garb for shoulder pads and teased hair. It was during this period that is characterized by a backlash against liberal movements in public policy. This is the origin of far-right movements that introduced the rhetoric of “the people against big government.”
At the same time, environmental concerns were being brought to light, including the first celebration of Earth Day in 1970. In regards to women’s right “They began to build feminist communities and organizations of their own: art galleries and bookstores, consciousness-raising groups, daycare and women’s health collectives (such as the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective, which published “Our Bodies, Ourselves” in 1973), rape crisis centers and abortion clinics” (History.com). We cannot ignore the elephant in the room for this decade, war protests against American involvement in Vietnam. With a draft, and massive losses on both sides as a result of America entanglement, the protests were part of a mass social movement against a war that put the most vulnerable populations at risk of dying overseas.