Re: [sixties-l] Re: break new ground sixties and rightwing

From: monkerud (
Date: 10/02/00

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    Reading the current issue of NY Review of Books reminds me of the spit in
    the abolitionist movement over the rights of women and how that came down
    to us in the movement in the 60s. Also how much more we have to go. Not
    only are many men "convinced" of the "superiority" of men, but many women
    buy into this outmoded concept.
    One wonders even more considering that so many women have to work to
    support families. The past thirty years has been a backlash against the
    ideas that were thrust forward in the 60s, just as the French and Communist
    Revolutions led to backlashes.
    How much longer will it take for women to be treated equally? The latest
    statistics from the Dept. of Labor shows that women today received an even
    lower rate of pay compared to men than they did in the 70s!
    best, Don Monkerud
    At 4:52 PM -0400 9/30/00, wrote:
    >As to when the right wing surge the end of the 1940s, in
    >Washington DC, I could not wait to get to 5th grade, as that was when, on May
    >1, we girls would get to wear beautiful white gossamer dresses and dance
    >around the Maypole (younger classes did miscellaneous skits, I think).  But
    >then, sometime early that spring, we were told--there would be no Maypole;
    >there would be May Day in the public schools there, any more, because May Day
    >was (guess what) a Communist thing.
    >  Even in college, after anti-nuke demonstrations and support actions for the
    >Freedom Rides, and so on, I was, in a gut way, shocked when a friend said,
    >over coffee, "I'm a socialist"--as if she had said "I lie, cheat, steal, and
    >cannot be trusted."
    >  To say nothing of how we thought about ourselves, the effects of so-called
    >"Freudian psychology," etc.
    >   Could we say the rightward surge was more an attempt to keep the status
    >quo, the left and variations more a MOVEMENT--that is, we had so much farther
    >to go?
    >   And in many ways, we have won.  Marty mentions disability rights.  Until
    >sometime after 1969, no one did.   For instance.
    >   Paula

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