The Sixties As A Counterculture And Revolution Essay

1228 Words Nov 27th, 2016 5 Pages
It was a decade of extremes, of transformational changes and bizarre contrasts: flower children and assassins, idealism and alienation, rebellion and backlash. For many in the massive post-World War II baby boomers, it was both the best of times and the worst of times.” (K. Walsh) Historians nostalgically described the sixties as a counterculture and revolution in social norms, such as: art, sexuality, formalities, and philosophy. The decade was also called the Swinging Sixties because the relaxation of social taboos relating to sexism. Challenging the idea that a good citizen conforms to gender norms and heterosexuality. One can blatantly observe this in the art of the time; especially when referring to feminism in dance. The sixties created room for artists to use dance as a vessel to deconstruct norms and exploit inequalities in society. Ultimately, allowing dance artists to explore dance as a form of female protest, rebellion and counterculture in the 1960s. To better understand what initiated such radical change one would have to take a deeper look at cultural context and historical events that set up trends of counterculture. Baby boomers experienced the Space Race, nuclear threats, antiwar movement, civil rights movement and the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. These events encouraged women to rethink the idea that their primary service to the nation rested in their roles as wives and mothers. For instance, the Soviets’…

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