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How have social norms changed in America since the decade of the '60s?
The 1960s in the United States are often perceived today as a period of profound societal change, one in which a great many politically minded individuals, who on the whole were young and educated, [ sought to influence the status quo. Attitudes to a variety of issues changed, sometimes radically, throughout the decade. The urge to 'find oneself' the activism of the 1960's and the quest for
autonomy were characterized by the changes towards sexual attitudes at the time. These changes to sexual attitudes and behavior during the period are often today referred to generally under the blanket metaphor of 'sexual revolution'. Whilst the term 'revolution' implies radical and widespread change, this was not necessarily the case. Even in the 'liberal' sixties, conservative, traditionalist views were widely held, and many modern historians and social scientists are beginning to think that 'revolution' is too much of an overstatement. Most of the empirical data pertinent to the area only dates back to 1965, somewhat muddying the waters. Despite this, there were changes in sexual attitudes and practices, particularly among the young. Like much of the radicalism from the 1960s, the sexual revolution was often seen to have been centered around the university campus, amongst students. Women started to leave the home and take on typical jobs that men dominated. No longer were women just Mrs. John Smith. Women gained rights to decide issues about their own bodies. Such as birth control. ]
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