When World War II broke out for the United States following the Pearl Harbor attacks in 1941, it started a layering of the foundation that would build one of the most powerful countries on the globe. Young men joined the army as soon as the next day, some 15 or 16 years-old; they were sent overseas to take out one of the most dangerous military regimes in world history – the Nazis. Women began working for what would go down in American history as the biggest industrial boom ever, and at a time preceding the Great Depression, was an amazing feat, next to winning the war which resulted in a collapse of the reign of Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini. They are known as the “generation that saved the world.”
In the 1960’s, the counterculture of American youth, a generation known as the “baby-boomers”, brought about a movement that would change the rights of women and the African-American community alike. Martin Luther King Jr. was an up and coming name in the Civil Rights Movement, whose work would become legendary in terms of human rights, and over time would result in the unification of black and white people. The sixties saw the Cuban Missile Crisis, and a new war in Vietnam. The rise of drugs and sexual promiscuity shocked the prequelling decade of a largely post-war cookie-cutter-esque American population. The rise of rock and roll brought out a new type of American youth; a generation of baby-boomers who would shape the country’s pop culture for every single proceeding generation to this very day.
The 1970’s brought about an onslaught of technological advances with beginner models of the desktop computer. Soon after it was the cell phone, although most non-marketable, the concepts for advancement would soon come to fruition- changing everything.
Where did the America I never even knew go? Not one day goes by where I am not encountered with sex-related material. Now, when young people listen to music and want to rip their tops off, it is not to Elvis or the Beatles, it’s to rappers who degrade women to the filthiest level, and women in turn accept it. Television programs are on a completely different level than anything I could ever have imagined was played when my father was 10 years-old, let alone 25 years-old like I am now. We don’t need to go into television programming, it can stand alone here.
Log on Facebook or look through your Twitter feed. Someone’s relationship is not working out and it probably has to do with another guy or girl getting in the way. Go to the mall and count how many girls hanging around the coffee shop under the presumable age of 16 years-old in shorts too short whose mothers actually let them out like that.
What is teaching my generation, Generation X, that the only way to please a man is to be good in bed, to look older than you are with 14 pounds of makeup and a fake cigarette habit? When does it stop? I mean the urge to do whatever it is you have to do to get money for a real Louis Vitton bag. Apparently there absolutely nothing sexier than a woman in designer clothes and pumps that suggest you have been on the pole once or twice- and would do it again for some buckaroos to buy a dress tight enough (and worthy enough) to snap a Facebook default picture in and set to “public.”
I am all for being open with your sexuality, but what that extra dose of sex say for our generation. What will be the legacy of Generation X?
The 2000’s arrived and we now have the War on Terror- which in my opinion is eerily reminiscent of the Vietnam War. On one hand you had the millions of young people protesting it (this part is missing from the War on Terror- at least I don’t see it!) It’s also a war that seemed to be mostly ignored and overlooked. I can’t name five people off the top of my head who give a damn about the upcoming elections. I hear relatively nothing about it on my college campus. We have immense technological advances but is that it? Where is the courageousness, the innovative ways of life that young people took part in only 30 years ago? That tenacity for positive productiveness? What will we look back to when we are in our 50s, 60s, 70s? Will generations after “X” only get worse? By the looks of it, the answer is, undoubtedly, yes.