By Will Kaufman
The Nineteen Seventies was once a culturally shiny interval. Will Kaufman addresses the dominant cultural types of the 1970s—fiction and poetry; tv and drama; movie and visible tradition; well known tune and elegance; public house and spectacle—and the decade's so much influential figures and texts, from the writer Toni Morrison to the tv sequence, All within the relations, from Diane Arbus to Bruce Springsteen, from M.A.S.H. to Taxi motive force, and from disco divas to protestors of the Vietnam battle. Proving there is extra to the last decade than polyester and narcissism, American tradition within the Seventies significantly reengages with considered one of America's so much misunderstood eras. (9/1/09)
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The first serious woman jockey was pelted by rocks before a major race . . Instead of delivering her expected grateful goodbye speech on television, the outgoing Miss USA exposes the commercial way in which she has been used, and denounces her exploiters. Women are marching, picketing, and mounting a variety of actions against abortion laws in every state. 45 The project of second-wave feminism to demystify social relationships that may have for decades appeared ‘the norm’, but which are in fact staunchly defended patriarchal positions, extended – as the debate over abortion demonstrated – to women’s ownership of their own bodies.
59, 127) The professional and managerial elite, including politicians, may well be America’s ‘ruling class’, (221) but they have debased themselves in the corrupt pursuit of publicity: In a society in which the dream of success has been drained of any meaning beyond itself, men [sic] have nothing against which to measure their achievements except the achievements of others. Self-approval depends on public recognition and acclaim . . Today men seek the kind of approval that applauds not their actions but their personal attributes.
Other important martial signals were sent out at the beginning of the decade, one of the most important being the feminist anthology edited by Robin Morgan, Sisterhood Is Powerful (1970). With over fifty ground-breaking essays by feminist activists in medicine, publishing, television, the military, academe, journalism, office administration, psychology, psychiatry and the sex industry, and with testimonies from across the racial and political canvas, the anthology is, as Morgan argues, both a call to arms and ‘an action’ reflecting other actions in the highly charged public sphere: It is now the spring of 1970.
American Culture in the 1970s (Twentieth-Century American Culture) by Will Kaufman