Dating In The 1960's

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Dating. It has always been a major aspect of the American lifestyle. From depicting relationships in magazines, to major Hollywood productions, to comic books, dating is everywhere. Dating itself has evolved, modernized and redefined itself after each passing generation. From the days where a woman 's hand in marriage was traded for land and property to the Tinder hookups of today, dating is nothing like it used to be. Thanks to an insight into the 1960 's relationship, I have been able to draw many similarities and differences between two teenage cultures that separate themselves by only 50 years. Through background research and a conversation with my wonderful grandmother, I have been able to conclude that the major changes in our dating…show more content…
Thanks to the easier accessibility of contraceptives, couples were more inclined to participate in pre-marital sex. Despite this trend across the nation, the expectation for the Veenstra family was the same as the church 's expectations. The standard was that all and all sex prior to marriage was deemed impure. In the late 1960s, at the end of her teens, Goo got married to my grandfather, Dale Kroonenberg, who was shipped off to basic training shortly after their wedding in preparation for the Vietnam War. Since the spark of the sexual revolution, the sacredness of sex has begun to dwindle. Since the spark, many societal roles have begun to alter as well. At the beginning of the sixties, women were deemed as 'floozies ' if word got out of them sleeping with multiple men, all in which she was not in a relationship with. This in part was due to the still, strong religious ties of the day. As generations have passed, safer sex has led to more sex occurring at younger ages. Today, religion is still well regarded, however, in my opinion, it seems as those everyone does not abide by religious teachings nearly as strictly as they did back in the 60s. Couples left and right in high school partake in premarital sex. In addition, the introduction of 'the hook-up ' has made its way into mainstream culture. A hook-up consists of two people engaging in sexual acts, despite zero emotional or social…show more content…
My girlfriend goes to school in Arizona which put us 16 hours apart via car. Texting and Facetime are best things we can do in order to stay connected. In comparison, Goo and my grandpa got married in April of 1969. That July, my grandpa got send to Fort Bliss, Texas for basic training before he got shipped off to Vietnam. While in Texas, Goo moved out there to stay with him until he got shipped out to fight, that is the best they could do to stay in touch before the war. Once he got deployed, they would write letters, which often took weeks to deliver and that is all they could to stay in
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