By Will Kaufman
The Nineteen Seventies was once a culturally shiny interval. Will Kaufman addresses the dominant cultural sorts of the 1970s—fiction and poetry; tv and drama; movie and visible tradition; renowned song and magnificence; 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 family members, from Diane Arbus to Bruce Springsteen, from M.A.S.H. to Taxi motive force, and from disco divas to protestors of the Vietnam struggle. Proving there is extra to the last decade than polyester and narcissism, American tradition within the Nineteen Seventies seriously reengages with one in every of America's so much misunderstood eras. (9/1/09)
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22) The publication of Our Bodies, Ourselves prompted a massive outcry from conservative and reactionary Americans. As Carroll explains: The issue of sexual censorship touched directly on feminist concerns. Historically, conservatives had used obscenity laws to prevent dissemination of birth control information, and in 1978 a Montana school district banned the feminist health publication Our Bodies, Ourselves. ‘I’m sick and tired of hearing the cry of censorship,’ stated a Helena prosecutor. ’48 But the reactions were clearly prompted by more than the frank discussions of birth control, masturbation, abortion and rape.
12) This was not good news for the reactionary old guard, also flexing their muscles in the 1970s. The concerted cultural assertion of the women’s movement was matched by the activism of other American victims of discrimination throughout the decade. In June 1970, five thousand gay men and women marched to commemorate the first anniversary of the Stonewall riots in New York. The previous year, police officers had raided a gay bar, the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, prompting days of pitched battles on the streets.
13) The project thus culminated in a series of practical, viable alternatives for women, underpinned by a ‘Model Patients’ Bill of Rights’ (355) and a series of models for grass-roots organising (fund-raising, mutual help groups, self-help groups, a homebirth and birth-centres movement), all intended to fight against ‘the inhumane legal restrictions, the imperfections of available contraceptives, the poor sex education, the highly priced and poorly administered health care The Intellectual Context 21 that keep too many women from having this crucial control over their bodies’.
American Culture in the 1970s (Twentieth-Century American Culture) by Will Kaufman