Eighties fashion is a debatable topic itself with numerous categories and influences. Neon colors and jewelry featuring the Christian cross typically worn by female teenagers in the 1980s are both fashion trends attributed to Madonna. Madonna was often put into a negative light being referred to as a sex symbol around the world, yet her fashion craze and eccentric personality inspired teenage girls to dress a certain way and act with confidence and boldness. In a time when music was mostly male-dominated, Madonna broke the mold with her over-the-top and controversial television performances, risqué actions and attitudes, and hits such as “Like A Virgin,” “Vogue,” and “Material Girl”
When people look at the 1980’s, the question often times asked is, “what was even going on”. Known for its characteristically bright neons, crazy hair dos, and high school coming of age films, this decade definitely made a mark on history. Oftentimes stereotyped with these aspects, the reality of the decade was revolt against the social, financial, and political turmoil of the 1960’s and 70’s. Predating this decade, the United States of America had seen many conflicts in all aspects of life and culture. Beginning in the 1960’s, a new age of counterculture was on the rise.
1980s Music The 1980s was a decade where many things changed drastically. The music industry in the 1980s experienced major changes, mostly due to the political and economic changes, and new trends and inventions. In the 1980s, America changed both economically, and politically.
Americans enjoyed many fundamental changes and embraced a new conservatism in social, political and economic life during the 1980s. The fashion, sports, and technological industries all expanded with the rise of the economy where new products, styles, and leagues were introduced. Furthermore, many historical U.S. and World issues occurred. Led by President Jimmy Carter, then Ronald Reagan and later President George H.W. Bush, the U.S. faced several impactful situations.
In the 1980s, social media was not all that important. People during this time went out with one another did something fun. People talked to each other and were not on their cell phones all the time. There was no Instagram or Facebook or Twitter. If you wanted to take a picture and show it to someone then you had to physically take a picture with a camera and print
During the decade era more people began to live in cities than on farms. Between 1920-1929 the nation’s wealth more than double. The economic growth swept many American’s to a more wealthy society. While some freedoms expanded some were getting curtailed. In the early 1920’s it was the start of the prohibition.
In the movie, “The Breakfast Club,” The principal gives the student an assignment to write an essay about “who you think you are." A teenager is someone that is in the age group of thirteen to eighteen. At that age, how is a teenager supposed to know who they are when there are so many stereotypes. As a teenager, I believe that teenagers are unfairly stereotyped.
Much of the entertainment that came out of the decade were crossing boundaries and entering a whole new wave of ideas and the music brought it all together. The fashion that is considered popular at any given time always relies on the fads and interests of the public. With artists such as Annie Lennox, the lead singer of the pop duo, The Eurythmics, both men and women were inspired to abandon the gender norms for how they dressed and this reflected largely on the runways where men and women were hard to tell apart. With pop and punk music being popular it was easy for the idols to spread their ideas and become influential to the
And the women began to wear makeup, usually only movie stars and whores wore makeup in these times that’s why it was considered “scandalous” and “rebellious” to be scene with makeup. The makeup would usually be heavy dark eyes, and dark lips. The jewelry would be long pearl necklaces and long elbow length gloves and lots of rings to show off
According to Lippmann, “stereotypes are ‘pictures in our heads’ that we use to apprehend the world around us” (16). Stereotypes can be formed due to effects of media, as Wood describes media as pervasive, powerful and influential (31). Hence, stereotypes can be defined as inaccurate perceptions towards a group of people or community that is strongly influenced by the media. Whether positive or negative, stereotypes are usually false as they are formed based on personal judgments, which are biased or exaggerated.
So this is something I am really going to talk about. The word Stereotype, don’t you just love the word? If you don’t know what stereotyping is, I will tell you (THIS IS MY OWN DEFINITION). When you stereotype, you are exaggerating an idea about a certain group. This is horrible because this is saying that everyone is a certain way; and they can’t be anything else. That is putting everyone in a certain category, making people feel isolated, especially if they are young.
What I found interesting from this time was the diversity that occurred throughout each year of this decade. There was so much growth in this time period that not only progressed within each individual but within our country. Music never stayed the same and eventually evolved into disco, but that’s a completely different story. This decade is the main inspiration for my style and has introduced me to the music that I now love.
I have quite a few movies that are my favorites, but my all time favorite movie would be A Nightmare on Elm Street. The whole series is actually my favorite, but the first movie i grew a liking to it. I saw how interesting it was and how i was always exciting to see this movie, how it left me wanting more the thrill that is gave me as well. Wes Craven 's film in my opinion has a different plot then the rest of the thrillers that I have seen, and that is what I liked most about his films.