April 5, 2013
Social Movement and Trends
It is to no surprise that as time passes, laws and morals are often confused and mistaken on behalf of what is right and what is wrong. As early as 1968, sexual liberation became a forefront concern to many in regards to birth control, women rights, and homosexuality. Even though many of these things started what many call a “revolution” it was simply the beginning of an ever-lasting process. This process is still seen today in the 21st century and has caused extremist to demonstrate cruelty, unfair treatment or injustice, and even death to those that undermined what society still believes to be wrong. To this day, discrimination towards homosexuals is still observed and witnessed, abortion is still looked down upon, and women are still not treated equal in the workforce. Understanding what started the “revolution” will be the highlight of this essay. The shift in morals and values towards freedom of sexuality arose in the early 1960’s where sex became more socially accepted, women wanted freedom and more to their lives than simply being a homemaker, and homosexuality wanted to be an accepted way of living. This of course brought many aspects of morality to light and much concern was heightened. Women were not equal; “women were seen as the ‘weaker sex,’ requiring special rules to protect them from the rough world and from unladylike appearances” (Feldmann, 1998). Ironically, rules and laws against women mistreatment by men had not even been considered yet. “One of the most profoundly life-altering - and controversial - developments of the century for women has been the advent of legal birth control and abortion” (Feldmann, 1998). This created for the first time the stepping-stone in minorities challenging traditional values that had been set in stone for decades. This of course brought much tension into the playing field and created animosity...