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Generation Gap

            Bridging the Generation Gap Between Teens in the "60s and Teens in the "90s Throughout history many generations have been named after something that describes them in every way. The decade from 1960 to 1970 is definitely one of those eras and it became known as the Counter Culture Era (The Hippie Generation). It was known as the Counter Culture Era because the young people involved in it rejected the old-fashioned American values and lifestyles. The youth was no longer satisfied with being replicas of the generation that preceded them. Instead, young people longed for change. The changes affected lifestyles, values, laws, education, and entertainment. The dream of love, peace, happiness, and freedom was what many young Americans longed for. Although a few of the Counter Culture's ideas still live on today, the "90s teen generation has adopted what the hippies started and evolved their ideas to match their needs. Though the generations represent two totally different aspects of American culture and history, their revolutions with sex, clothes, and music will serve as foundations for future generations to come. As the years go by between generation and generation, one facet has remained a controversial topic, sex. The invention of the birth control pill allowed women in the "60s to feel a sense of sexual freedom and allowed them the opportunity to be with anyone they pleased. With this new found freedom, women and men were able to enjoy each others company and not have to worry about the risks of child birth as well as the spread of diseases. This helped the "60s to become known as the sexual revolution. In those times it was the thing to do, and with the newly added birth control pill, there was hardly any worry of the spread of sexually transmitted diseases and babies. Whether it's on TV shows, movies, or even music videos, sex has become commercialized in the "90s generation. Unlike the hippie generation, who only had access to the birth control pill, the "90s generation has access to tons of contraceptives for the prevention of childbirth and the spread of diseases.

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