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Was there more conformity in the 1950s?

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  • Fred
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    In westernized countries their young people until the early 60s conformed to society's rules as the adults did but into the 1960s things began to change.  As much as anything bands like the Beatles with their non conformist shoulder length hair and rock music started to bring out non conformist youth who rebelled against the stuffy societal beliefs where they were expected to be just like their parents where as soon as you leave school you get a job and soon after marry and that was all life offered.  The young wanted more freedom to rule their own life and future and to dress the way they wanted instead of the standard suit many people wore back then.  Drug smoking became more common and smoking marijuana was common amongst the hippie generation.  The young started protesting at the failings or wrongs of the government and huge protest rallies against things like the Vietnam war, conscription, pollution, racism, and corruption started to affect politics as before the 1960s people just accepted whatever their governments told them without question.

      Their parents and older generation were horrified at the new hippie lifestyle many youth took on where they did not get jobs and lived day to day.  The contraceptive pill came out in the 1960s and the 60s became the period of free love where at last women were free of the fear of sex and getting pregnant and the older generation who believed in marriage before sex were horrified.  Many older people feared it would be the end of modern civilization but as the young became parents many started to realize they had to conform more for the sake of their children.

      I think it was more the 1960s than the 1950s that were the non conformist years.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Depends on what country you're talking about. And, within a country, what socio-economic groups, races, religious groups, etc. 

  • 1 month ago

    Yes.  The non-conformity idea only became popular in the 1960's, particularly later in that decade, and became very strong by the '70's.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Than when, and where 

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  • Mercy
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    after the war years? definaiely not.

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