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The Fact Is The 1970's Were Great! But What Made Them So Special?

Nell is a trained psychologist who writes about personal health problems. She is also fascinated by strange medical anomalies.

70's hippies dancing in the street

70's hippies dancing in the street

Oh For the old days?

Watching the TV series 'It Was Alright In The 70's' I was bemused and shocked, and lets face it, pretty annoyed to!

The TV series shown on Channel 4 British TV, concerns the 1970's and how different things are today.

So why was I shocked?

The difference between now and then was unbelievable.The series deals mainly with 1970's TV but does discuss what it was like back then.

There was sexism, pinching of bums, women walking around half dressed and so on, and even actors emulating different religions and races.The format shows modern day actors and TV Celebs watching these 1970's series and their reaction.

So as I said, I was shocked.

But not by what they were watching!

The shock came from the reaction by the Celebs.

And here's why!

Nice and gentle TV shows of the 1970s

Nice and gentle TV shows of the 1970s

Oh shock horror!

The celebs in question were watching with disgust, disbelief and derision on their faces. Every word, exclamation and look on their face told me that back then, we were savage racist sexist people who didn't know how to treat people.

In other words we were living in the dark ages, and thank goodness those celebs who were watching, lived today. Because if they had lived back then they would have expired. It was

DISGUSTING! Oh Yeah? Well let me tell ya.....!

You couldn't be more wrong!

Classic 1970's photo of black and white friends together. Dating

Classic 1970's photo of black and white friends together. Dating

Real men and lots of 'em!

Let me take you back to the 1970's when I was a young teen. I left school in 1976 and started work straight away in an office. I started going out in the evenings at 16 years old. For four years I partied in pubs and clubs. Then I got married. I dated lots of guys. Most of them were Black men. But I didn't realize they were black, or I should say, I took no notice that they were black.They trusted us. We trusted them.

Not once and I mean, not once was the word racism, black or bigot thrown about. Black and white respected each other. We were all friends. I went to the pubs with black guys, along with my punk friends. Who by the way wore cut off trousers, holes in our stockings and black lipstick with purple hair!

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I felt safe as houses as they say. Nobody mentioned race. Ever. My boyfriend at the time was called Marmite! Shock Horror! Er sorry, he chose that name! His real name was Dave. There were a few Asian guys around, they were friendly but kept to themselves. A few of them started trouble but it never touched us.

Our men looked after us. Black and white. They protected us. Sexism? No. Just men being real men. Which they were. Because they were allowed to be!

Gentle and Funny. 1970's. Newcomers to England loved this!

Adults, remember that word?

Nobody was on Welfare or Dole as we call it. In fact, if anybody signed on for more than a month we would laugh in their faces! We were all hard workers. Black, White, foreign, we all worked our butts off. And partied hard too. We respected each other.

There wasn't the internet, so we didn't really know about other countries so much. They were far away, so it didn't touch us. If a guy got a girl pregnant, he would either marry her or give her money and support for life.

Don't get me wrong. There were probably a few 'Shotgun weddings'. But you have to realize that back then sleeping with each other was the norm. In fact more so than today, probably.

Surprised? Yep thought so!

There were plenty of 'Foreign' people about. But they came over to genuinely work and we all got on well. Not one problem. On TV the foreigners were laughed with, not at. And they played along. Because, well, we were all adults! They also took the 'Mickey' out of us too. Because we were adults having a joke.

Note the word adult. I will come back to it.

man touching woman on backside, wrong in every era!

man touching woman on backside, wrong in every era!

Sexism = equality!

And now for sexism. Yep there was loads! Shocked? Of course! But.....

If a guy pinched our backsides, we would turn round and either pinch theirs or slap their faces. Most of the time it was fun, banter and flirting. If a guy stepped out of line we would step on him! Don't you worry we would get our own back!

There was no going to court and wailing 'He touched my bum, sue him'! We were adults. Obviously, like today, if it went too far we would call the law.

I find it very insulting to think people thought women were exploited back then purely on the basis of a TV series. We kicked ass if pushed! Simple as that!

Are You Being Served? Very Funny!

Today the naughties are dull boring and bland!

Today the naughties are dull boring and bland!

Okay, Now for the so called modern era!

There is no sexism. Its not allowed. There is no racism. Its not allowed. Which is great. But....

There is. And its a lot more public now than its ever been. Virtually every single day you will see a TV report of a racist attack somewhere or other. Only today I read about two white guys being tortured and racially assaulted by black men. Because we do all know it works both ways, but we also know that's not allowed to be said!

We don't all work. So many people are on welfare and the Dole its unbelievable. And at work we have to be so careful of not offending anyone. Not that we would because we are, well, adults....but someone is sure to try it on.

Don't touch him, don't brush past her. Be careful how you speak to the foreign person because even though they have only been here five minutes if you look at them the wrong way you will be done for sexism, racism religious-ism.......get the point?

Then of course there are the 'men' who get girls pregnant. Unlike the old days when men stepped up, these days the young boys have got an opt out.

And boy do they use it!

Woman are strong! They want equality! They can do everything themselves! So...

Go on then!

They get the girls pregnant, clear off, never give the girls money for the kids and run off to the next girl who will take them, and do it all again. No responsibility. No guilt. Why should there be? I mean, we don't need men so why should'nt they?

Go girls! We can do it all! We don't need a guy to bring up ten kids! We don't need them to have manners, so why not shut doors in our faces, not get up on a bus even if we are pregnant or old. No, why? Because we are the new women!

Yeah right!

These days there are no inter racial jokes on TV for example. Oh they can insult us, jokingly...but we as white English/American etc are not allowed to do it back, even as a joke on TV. A foreign person can emulate a white person taking off their accent and clothes and call it funny. But not the other way.

The main problem is the fact that these days we have the internet. We can see, talk to, and join in The World. We do it every single day. Which is great. I love it. I talk to people from everywhere. Love em' to bits! But that's the good part.

The dark side is we have Trolls that insult, talk filth, attack and do all sorts just because someone has another opinion. Specially if they come from a different country. Hey guys? Guess what! Every country is different! We are all allowed to have an opinion! We are adults! Look, there's that word again!

On top of that all you ever see these days are kids and adults alike staring at their cell phone. In the street, in the shops, in the home, in the pubs and clubs! What's that about? You are out partying with friends but standing in a corner staring at a rectangular piece of metal and glass? Seriously? Robots! That's what we are today! Bland boring and dull.

Some Mothers....Funny and not offensive.

1970s Punks England This was me, or should I say what I looked like!

1970s Punks England This was me, or should I say what I looked like!

Punks Ruled!

Just a quick word about 70's Punk rock, fashion and themes. Back in the 70's and early 80's we had style. Can you imagine today's kids running around like this photo? No, didn't think so!

Today people are very straight. There are no themes, outrageous fashion, different styles of music and groups. Today they are all the same. Said it before, dull boring and bland!

Back then we had Punks, Teds, Skins and the good old Biker boys. There was color, fun, and style. We loved to shock, but that was part of the whole scene.

Looking at this photo do you really think we were old fashioned and stilted back then? No, thought not!

Those were the days!

So lets round it up shall we?

70's Dating.

1. I dated lots of Black guys and foreign men. It was totally accepted. No racism.

= 10 points


1. Multi racial dating perfectly acceptable. Exactly the same.

= 10 points

70's safety.

2. We felt totally safe with any race or religion. They were guys. They were awesome and they darn well loved to look after us!

= 10 points


2. Safe to a certain degree. But men do tend to let women do their 'Own thing' and walk home alone these days. Hence more attacks, rapes and so on. There isn't so much respect between races so have to be more careful, every side.

= 9 points

70's Work.

3. We all worked. Simple as that. If someone was on welfare we all ganged up on them laughing till they got a job.

=10 points

Today. Work

3. Its a joke.Hundreds of thousands on the dole. Some cannot help it obviously. But hundreds of young men are taking the welfare because they just do not give a damn.

= 3 points

70;s Pregnancy.

4. Back then boys were men a hell of a lot quicker. If they got a girl pregnant at least 60 percent of them would either marry or support for life. They did it, they took the blame like a man.

= 9 points

Today's Pregnancy.

4. LOLOLO! Its a joke! Thousands of young men go from one girl to another, sewing their seeds and walking away, because, wait for it.....Girls can do it cos they are .....INDEPENDENT!!

= 2 points!

70's Sexism on TV and in real life.

5. Yep there was loads. Intake of breath..but it was equal! They pinched our bums, we slapped their faces. They tried anything else they would get a meeting with an older brother or boyfriend. Because we were adults!

= 5 points

Today Sexism.....

5. Don't get me wrong. I am totally for protecting women. Well protecting everybody to be honest. So I am in total respect of the laws today. But you have to remember back then it was done in a more innocent way. These days it isn't. Sadly its another thing that has lost its child like funny innocence. So this one I will concede. But it can be over the top as I mentioned above.

= 10 points

70's Innocence.

6. We were so innocent back then. We were British. We lived the British way. Which meant teasing, touching, kissing, sometimes pushing our luck but it was done in an innocent but funny adult way.

= 10 points

Today innocence.

6. Sadly there isn't any. Everyone is too savvy. Touch the wrong place, say the wrong word, look or speak a wrong sentence and boom! You are caught. An innocent comment can make you lose your job, house and reputation. Why? Because people do not have the same sense of humour any more. With a mixture of cultures, religions and creeds, we who use to use 'English humour' at its best, are now regarded as wrong. Simple as that.

= 5 points

We have too much World these days. We know too much. While other cultures live in their country, or come to ours, and you are most welcome by the way, like you always have been, you are allowed to keep your culture and religion etc.

We white British/American/Canadian....and so on are trying to cling to ours. But we are told it is wrong. By who's standards? This is England. Others should conform to us. Not the other way round!

So we are lost. We have the world, but we are too savvy and jaded.

Oh someone please bring back the 70's.


1970's have 54 points.- Today has 39 points!

Outright winner......THE 1970'S! (surprise)!

Bell bottom 60's 70's trousers

Bell bottom 60's 70's trousers

TV v Reality.

Last word on the actual TV programs of the 70's. Yes they were sexist racist and so on. But that wasn't reality. In order of bad to not too bad here we have:

  1. Love Thy Neighbor was terrible in its racism. But it was done in 'Tongue in Cheek' way, and the black guy gave back as good as he got. But still, awful!
  2. Til Death us Do Part - Rib crunching funny, but terribly racist, sexist and so on. But the point was, it was meant to be! The old guy, played by Warren Mitchell was meant to be the most obnoxious man on the planet. But it wouldn't be shown today.
  3. Mind Your Language - This wasn't racist as such, but it would be seen that way today. Foreign students learning English. Very funny series.

Mind Your Language, is said to be one of the newcomers favorite programs of all time back then!

Getting back to 'Love Thy Neighbor and Till Death', it was appalling! Watching them on Youtube I just cringed and turned them off. Seems some things did need to change.

We do have to remember that we did not make those series, and some of us back then thought they were bad. But on the whole:

The moral of the story is:

Never judge the people back then by the standards and rules of today!

So, what do you think?

Please let me know in the comments below. Thanks.

© 2017 Nell Rose


Nell Rose (author) from England on October 07, 2018:

Thanks Tim, lol! well you know what they say! two nations divided by a common language! lol! same stuff different country.

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on October 06, 2018:

Hi, Nell,

Stellar article. I really enjoyed it. I didn't know you were a trained psychologist. Bravo.

I don't know who you talk to in the U.S., but racial jokes still creep up on TV, although a little more subtle these days.

I remember here in the '70's, we had two shows from the same producer: All in the Family, and The Jeffersons in the '70's that featured two racist. Archy Bunker, was supposed to be obvious, and we loved to hate him. (The actor playing that character, a Canadian, actually married a Black lady in real life.)

On the other hand, George Jefferson, the star of the other series, was supposed to be likable with his racist banter. Quite frankly, I was always sick of him picking on his British neighbor, a White man.

Who can forget those wonderful '70's? Although I was younger than my teens, I cherish the innocence that was there.

I think what has happened along with the internet has been the evolution of video recording from cell phones. It was not uncommon for people of color to make jokes about the excessive use of force by law enforcement for a long-time, even in the '70's, for example. Now, it's there and for the eyes to view.

I suspect what's going on is a re-examination of some areas that were once mainly hidden in Western democracies. That's fine. It's what makes us strong as a nation and as vibrant cultures, both in the U.K. and the U.S.

Nevertheless, your premise that things were drastically different is absolutely correct for the '70's. LSD was popular then; now, many states are considering legalizing marijuana, for instance. An opiiod epidemic grips this nation.

But this shall pass.

Thanks for a trip down memory lane, even if you sit on the other side of the Pond.

Much respect,


Nell Rose (author) from England on October 15, 2017:

Thanks Angel, yes sadly over here its got the same sort of thing going on. thanks for reading.

Angel Guzman from Joliet, Illinois on October 14, 2017:

I wouldn't have minded growing up in the 1960s and/or 1970s. Once Reagan came in good jobs started disappearing for the average American and there was a big religious anti-drug push. I liked your article.

Nell Rose (author) from England on February 09, 2017:

LOL! yes that's so true! perhaps too much info wrecks the brain! or more to the point, the internet makes them lazy to think! thanks again :)

Micheal from United Kingdom on February 09, 2017:

Paradoxically it appears that people are dumber today and don't understand subtlety.

With the web and all this info freely available you'd think people would be smarter?

Nell Rose (author) from England on February 08, 2017:

Hi Michael, long time no see! I never realised that! Wow! and of course these days all that would be in the past, and all they would see was a bigot! shame! thanks as always.

Nell Rose (author) from England on February 08, 2017:

Thanks Nadine, yes you have a good point there, I do think its down to what you did and where you went that makes it so great.

Micheal from United Kingdom on February 07, 2017:

Nostalgia isn't what it used to be lol.

Nell you have covered the 70's comprehensively. The only thing is the Alf Garnet character.

The actor who played the role. Warren Mitchell was Jewish and in an interview he mentioned that his portrayal of this bigoted character was supposed to be holding a candle up to expose this kind of outdated and abhorrent behavior and attitude.

He was sad that it was completely misinterpreted by the vast mass of the public.

Still a great read Nell.

Nadine May from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa on February 07, 2017:

That was an interesting read Nell. I now realize that my Family saga the Self Employed Housewife is about the seventies and how my main character is searching for answers about life in general. I will take the story past the eighties into the nineties, so the reader can make up for themselves if the seventies was better that the eighties or nineties. Each period had its good and not so great points...but that is just my assessment.

Nell Rose (author) from England on February 02, 2017:

Thanks alan, I never went up to hyde park, but always seemed to be in High Wycombe where there were loads of clubs and live music. That's where I met Billy Idol, we used to have such a laugh!

Alan R Lancaster from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire) on February 02, 2017:

Different kettle of fish aren't they, Oz and NZ, with NZ climatically a mix between Alpine on South Island and 'Home Counties' on North Island.

'Steptoe & Son' were my faves, running over from late 60s to 70s, although 'Til Dead Do...' comes a close second. The acting talent was more versatile then, more varied and richer. A lot of 90s 'talent' has been pretty shallow, with PC restrictions on subject matter (no belly laughs since 'Summer Wine' ended).

What I enjoyed was the free rock concerts in Hyde Park in the mid-70s, with the likes of Joan Armatrading treading the boards.

Nell Rose (author) from England on February 02, 2017:

Oh yes! Only fools and horses! LOL! I would love to visit New Zealand! everybody always says Australia, but no never! New Zealand for me!

Nell Rose (author) from England on February 02, 2017:

Hi alan, no never wore them, but a bit young in the early 70s. only a kid then as I got older I was a punk! I sort of remember the power cuts, because my mum would walk me to my friends house! lol!

Lawrence Hebb from Hamilton, New Zealand on January 31, 2017:


I remember a lot of these, I wasn't that much into the whole 'Punk rock' scene, but the seventies and early eighties were great times. Then again, one of the reasons I love New Zealand so much is many of the attitudes are just like they were in the seventies back in England, but with choosing to go down a different path than Britain did.

My favourites were 'Only fools and horses' and Dad's Army.

Alan R Lancaster from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire) on January 30, 2017:

Hello again Nell, long time no see (or read), been stuck between a rock and a hard place.

The 70s eh? John Thaw and Dennis Waterman beating around the streets of London in a thrashed-out Jag (just as JT did two decades later in 'Morse'). Remember that hot summer of '76, when the girls seemed to spill out of their tank tops and hotpants? (Ever wear them? Mine were always too tight around the back end - arf-arf).

I was married the first time in October, '71. She turned out to be a promotion-chaser through Williams & Glyns, then British Gas and finally Unilever. Meanwhile I drifted between jobs in newspapers and magazines. I had an Irish colleague, Eugene, who'd go for a drink round the corner in Clerkenwell, phone the firm in his broad brogue, telling them 'There's a bomb...' We didn't do much work on Fridays.

It was a time on contrasts, Ted Heath, Harold MacMillan, Jim Callaghan and - last but not least - the Bag Lady, three day week and power failures. What a life, eh?

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 30, 2017:

Sounds amaing bodylevive! that was a great thing to do back then if you were young! thanks for the memories again.

BODYLEVIVE from Alabama, USA on January 28, 2017:

I loved every moment of it. Even though there were quite a few bad attitudes but what century doesn't have it's own. It was a great time for me, as young as I was, I managed to buy my very first home that no one else had ever occupied. I think that was a great accomplishment for a kid with the first real job.

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 26, 2017:

Hi Shauna, over here in the next town, we were all punks! lol! and boy was that fun! thanks as always.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on January 26, 2017:

I loved the 70's! I wish history would truly repeat itself and land back in that era. Where I lived it was all hippie; I don't recall seeing "punks" at all.

I had a blast in the 70's and I'd do it all over again if I could.

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 26, 2017:

Thanks phoenix, yep so so true! bring them back I say! lol!

Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon from United Kingdom on January 24, 2017:

Yes, those were the days. Back then it seemed everyone knew where they stood and respected it. Being on welfare was seen as shameful and no one bragged about being on it. We didn't go crying to an attorney if someone was unkind to us, we took care of it ourselves.

Today, people are too soft and just have no patience with them.

And no, you can't judge the children of the 60s and 70s by today's standards because the children of today don't appear to have any.

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 23, 2017:

LOL! yes I totally get you aesta! the stuff I wore, well you wouldn't be seen in the dark with it these days! thanks so much for reading, nell

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on January 22, 2017:

Wow what memories this hub brings with it. Did I really wear that? Oh my...still, I am happy to be myself now even if the memories will always be treasured.

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 18, 2017:

Aaw thanks savvy! lol! yes the hair was purple and the tights were ripped! LOL! bring back the 70s! thanks so much for reading, nell

savvydating on January 18, 2017:

Fun article! I would say that the 70's in England were not quite the same as the 70's in the U.S. But two things were the same---young people were in the midst of a sexual revolution, and some aspects of today's political correctness did not exist. There was no pinching of "bums" here, but then I lived a sheltered life, so maybe I missed something. Lol.

I was a 70's girl, though, and I loved it. Hair parted in the middle, platform shoes, bell bottoms. I still love bell bottoms. I wish they would make a serious comeback! And the music. Oh, the music! I still listen to 70's classics to this day and I'll do so until the day I die. I might even have a 70's classic played at my funeral. Ha!

Anyway, I've rambled on. I have no problem seeing you with pink hair and short, short skirts. You're our "no holds barred" Nell. How could you not have been beautiful (foxy) and flamboyant?

Loved this piece.

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 16, 2017:

Thanks Martie, seems South Africa was so different from England. Such a shame, its such a beautiful country, maybe one of these days it will be settled and people will get on together! thanks as always, nell

Martie Coetser from South Africa on January 16, 2017:

In the 70's hypocrites reigned in SA. They practiced racism and sexism and truly believed that it was God's will.

I believe the present is a better time to live in, although it is not safe, and racism is still the order of the day. Especially black towards whites, although they believe that what they are doing is not racism.

Life on this planet will never be perfect!

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 16, 2017:

Hi MsDora, yes that's it, less confusing! that's great to know that your uncle had a white girlfriend, was that in England? thanks for reading, nell

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on January 16, 2017:

Nell, I like this article. So real and honest. It is impressive that back then the British treated the foreigners so kindly. My uncle was one of the many immigrants who had a white girlfriend and my grandmother (his mother) was amazed to receive a letter from her. Yes, people were more reasonable, and life was less confusing.

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 15, 2017:

Hi quicksand, yes the music was awesome! and yes my brother would agree with you about the cars! they were classic back then, awesome cars! thanks so much for reading.

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 15, 2017:

Hi Paula, LOL! Yes I was! and it was great fun! it looked terrible but our group were the sweetest kindest guys you could find! so much fun back then! always great to see you, have a great Sunday!

quicksand on January 15, 2017:

90% of my music collection is from the 70s! The rest are from the late sixties. Right now they don't make music like they did during that era!

I would like to go back to the 70s for a few hours every week just to sit somewhere and watch the Morris Minors and the VolksWagon beetles, the BugFiats, the Humber Hawks!

We had an Austin a40 followed by an Austin Cambridge! At that time in my city you could cross any major road with your eyes closed! They toot the horn from 50 meters away! Then the land the brakes. Accidents don't happen!

Thanks for posting that VDO of Mind Your Language. I had completely forgotten about Mr Brown and his students. Now I can watch them once more!


Suzie from Carson City on January 14, 2017:

NO! Nell, C'mon Girlfriend, please tell me you did NOT look like those English PUNKS!! I don't believe it~~can't even picture you that way. LOL. Oh my, I guess it's true that we are products of our era.

The '70s were interesting to say the least. A lot of good music, the Hippie Movement, Woodstock and the '70s Fashions!! They were something altogether wild and different.

Great hub Nell. You always do a marvelous job. I'm GLAD you outgrew the PUNK stage!!! Yikes! LOL.......Peace, Paula/Effer

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 14, 2017:

Thanks Deb yes are you being served was so funny wasn't it? and I loved all the costumes and hair color! the 70s clothes and music should come back, it was the best!

Debra Allen from West Virginia on January 14, 2017:

Aside from Hubpages that SUCKS, I loved the 70's. Sorry they stole my comment n here because I would sign in. Too damned tired of losing my comments because I did sign in and it got lost.

I love that show Are You Being Served! She changes her color of her hair more time then not. Funny that! I do see the fashion of the 70's coming back once in a while. They have different names for them though.

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 14, 2017:

Thanks Karen, yes the good old punks! lol! thanks for reading, nell

Karen Hellier from Georgia on January 14, 2017:

Loved this hub Nell. It took me back to my younger days in high school and college. The punk rock scene was alive and well when I was in college in the early 80s!

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 14, 2017:

Hi btrbell, I suppose the hair is quite cool these days but when you were a teen and wore fishnets, no skirts just pins through the lips and nose, black lipstick and purple hair it does seem a bit tame! LOL! thanks for reading, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 14, 2017:

Thanks rebecca, glad you liked it, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 14, 2017:

Hi cookbook, LOL! now you got me singing!

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 14, 2017:

Hi Flourish, yes that was the trouble. Back then women's rights were terrible! But to be honest where I worked it was pretty cool. didn't have the trouble getting jobs like today, and I seem to go from one job or project to another if I wanted too without a problem. Maybe I was too young to want a credit card etc so don't know that side. but apart from that it was great! thanks as always.

Randi Benlulu from Mesa, AZ on January 13, 2017:

Really loved the article, Nell and really loved the 70's too. I can't say that I agree with all that's stated here although different countries, different tolerances. I saw quite a bit of racism in the 70s and lots of mixed marriages around me now. I also think that this generation is very colorful. Look at all the hair colors! And one last thought pm the differences, at least in the 70s yhere were knickers to see...nowadays, there's not too much underneath!

Thank you so much for the fun article and wonderful memories!

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on January 13, 2017:

What a cool article! Enjoyed it. I think every era gives us a bit of new culture, and it's always fun to see things change. Thanks for a trip down memory lane.

Char Milbrett from Minnesota on January 13, 2017:

Disco.......Y... M.. C... A... [everybody, arms in the air.... arms straight up, hands bend over and touching in the middle, bend over sideways your one arm above and your other arm below, and finally first fingers together and thumbs together.....] It's fun to go to the Y..M..C...A.....

FlourishAnyway from USA on January 13, 2017:

I was a kid in the 70s but recall doing disco with my sister as we watched dance shows. America may have had a different experience when it came to civil rights and equality, especially in some areas in the South where I grew up. My mother reminds me that "back then" she couldn't have a credit card in her own name and recounts sexist questions she was asked during job interviews. Culturally it was a fun time and I love the nostalgia, but I would never want our rights as women rolled back.

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 13, 2017:

You hit the nail on the head Blond! that is it exactly! so many restrictions, being told what to do, what we cannot do and so on! oh for the good old days! Thanks so much for reading.

Mary Wickison from USA on January 13, 2017:

Wow, when you look at it compared to today, we have become strangled. I arrived in the UK in the 80s and it was still more freedom of speech.

Early, Only Fools and Horses also had some remarks which would seem racist now. Not sure when it all changed, maybe after the series Roots was televised. The restrictions have affected everything, even comedies aren't as funny. I feel we have lost so much, more than we've gained by such regulations and restrictions.

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 13, 2017:

Thanks asifahsankhan, glad you liked it.

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 13, 2017:

Thanks Peg, yes so true. and as you said the Vietnam war was going on too over there. We didn't get involved in that one, but I have seen it many times on tv. Thanks so much for reading.

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 13, 2017:

Thanks Elayne, glad you found happiness, that is awesome! and glad you enjoyed the article, thanks!

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 13, 2017:

Hi Rafini, it was innocent and cool back then, still is in some ways. watching the news from America it does seem race is on more than over here. Thanks for reading, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 13, 2017:

lol! thanks cookbooklady! it is thrown in our faces more these days, but yes someone had their knickers on show! LOL! thanks for reading, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 13, 2017:

Thanks Ruby, we had a bit of racism, not a lot back in the 50s when black people first came over, but not a lot and it was soon forgotten. England is and has always been pretty equal, we do have more racism now because its pushed into our faces all the time by the media etc. thanks as always.

asifahsankhan on January 13, 2017:

Golden period for boho : )

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on January 13, 2017:

You have me tripping back to the seventies, Nell. You identified some great points about equality. Free love was the mantra, but there were still shotgun weddings. Being an unwed mother wasn't as acceptable as it is now. Men took responsibility for their part in the process of conception. We had the Vietnam War going on and a lot of protesters and pacifists. Lots of male chauvinism and men in positions of authority but that's still happening. I do miss the music and the freedom to say what you wanted without being labeled or offending someone's delicate feelings.

Elayne from Rocky Mountains on January 13, 2017:

Flashback! That was fun. Thanks for the memories. I was married to a white guy who abused me and then dated a Polynesian boy that I am still married to after 45 years. You can only imagine the looks I have gotten from unbelieving faces! It has been quite a ride. Lucky we moved to the South Pacific where my children enjoyed growing up half cast. Prejudice still lives. Loved bell bottoms and was a hippy child. Loved the article!!

Rafini from Somewhere I can't get away from on January 13, 2017:

I totally agree with you that in terms of culture the 1970's had much more to offer, but wow, it sure does sound like England and the United States were in separate worlds back then.

Char Milbrett from Minnesota on January 13, 2017:

knickers showing? Back then, we had Madonna wearing her bra on the outside, now, more lately, we have Lady Gaga wearing a dress made from real steak. I think it's all cool, like neat-o, just like the paint on the trains, which some people still label as graffiti... Racism? Well... unless you're watching the news, and watching which groups are mostly in the news shooting people or fighting... as far as mini skirts, some people look good in short skirts - and some look like a muffin.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on January 13, 2017:

Here in America racism was alive and well in the 60 and 70. The black and white races were separated. The blacks lived in squalor for the most part. It was an era of The Civil Rights movement, which was a time of unrest for me. Racism is a mindset that I never understood and hated. As far as the 70's, they were fun and a time of breaking free of what was expected. I read Tina Turner's bio. and she said that the reason she moved to England was equality. Blacks and whites were treated equally. I'm glad we didn't have smartphones. We lived! Great piece Nell...

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 13, 2017:

lol! thanks RoadMonkey! ouch! easily done back then! funnily enough if a girl wears a short mini these days people look at her in surprise and disgust!

RoadMonkey on January 13, 2017:

As a teen, I wore really short miniskirts. I also had a thin cotton kaftan I wore to the office. We were not allowed to wear trousers! I remember walking around the city centre at lunchtime in my kaftan and a mock sheepskin coat, thinking I was the bee's knees, until a woman tapped me on the shoulder, to say my knickers were showing.

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 13, 2017:

Thanks RoadMonkey, yes of course you are right! that side of it was a pain, and these days its the other way round. I was purely talking from a teen point of view. but I do remember back in the 80's going for a loan at a bank, and they wanted my husbands permission!!!!!! it was me that was working not him! ye gods! thank goodness that time has changed for the better. Thanks for reading, nell

RoadMonkey on January 13, 2017:

I started work in 1971. The office I worked in had not allowed married women to work there until 3 years previously. While men could purchase a pension for their wives, women could not take out a pension there for their husbands until about 1984 or 85. All the people at the top were male, there was little prospect of promotion for women. I took out life insurance and paid the premiums. In those days, there was income tax allowance on insurance but my husband got the benefit! A married woman's income was considered to be her husband's by the tax people. I enjoyed the late 60s as a student but the 70s were some kind of economic downturn. I didn't want to stay in that office but there was no alternative I could find. Oh, and when we applied for a mortgage, the building society would not consider my income, on the basis that married women had babies and left work. One of my student friends "had" to get married and finished her course along with a small baby. Different views of the same times.

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 13, 2017:

Thanks Bill! Yes please! lol! thanks for reading, nell

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 13, 2017:

I loved the 60's and 70's and I miss those days very much. What you say here is very true. I know some would argue with it, but for the most part they would be people who did not experience it. Great article and I'm with you all the way, my friend. Bring back the 70's! Please!!!!!

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 13, 2017:

Thanks John, it was just this program that got me going on the subject! Punks were huge in my town, all my guys had pink blue orange and purple hair! lol! thanks for reading.

John Hansen from Australia (Gondwana Land) on January 13, 2017:

This was great, Nell. I was a teenager for most of the 70s and I loved every minute of it. If I had a time machine I would go back in a second. I still have photos of myself with long hair and bell-bottom jeans. Never went the punk or skinhead scene, but they weren't so big in Australia at the time. Plenty of hippies and surfies though. Thanks for the memories.

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