Imagine what life was like 50 years ago. Families would actually talk when they were at the dinner table. Kids weren’t risking their lives looking at their smartphones while crossing the streets, and the women’s movement still had a long way to go. Now jump 50 years into the present, and you’ll see just how much the world has changed in the last couple of decades. And we’re not just talking about all the technology that’s out there like Bluetooth, cars that talk, and the internet. We’re referring to the way society has evolved. So, we’ve gathered a list of things that were totally not okay 50 years ago, but are oh-so-normal today.
It’s difficult to find someone who hasn’t been inked these days, but boy were things different back then.
Fifty years ago, having a tattoo wasn’t something you shared with everyone. But you were a total rebel if you got one. You had to cover it up, especially if you wanted a job. These days, people are free to show off their ink without the fear of being judged.
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Music isn’t music without a little (or a lot of) profanity, and there’s one genre that made this possible.
While swearing in films was given the green light in 1968, by the Motion Picture Association of America, actual swearing wasn’t common in music. But then, rap music became a thing, and suddenly, swearing became common in song titles and lyrics.
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Casual hookups seem to be the only way to look for true love, but it’s not how they used to do things.
Folks from 50 years ago would probably gawk at society for using things like apps and dating sites to find someone to spend the night with. Even going to a singles bar in those days was considered a faux pas. Casual hookups are beyond accepted and okay in today's world, and best of all? People don't have to lie about their lifestyle!
The only thing that shocked people more than LGBT relationships used to be mixed relationships.
Although a US ban on interracial marriages was lifted in1967, society still had a tough time coping with mixed-race couples and marriages. But these days, it’s beyond accepted, and mixed races are portrayed in films and television without people batting an eyelash.
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Keeping your maiden name may not seem like a big deal these days, but it was unheard of in the past.
People used to think that women had to take their husband’s name once they got married. But over time, society seems to have done away with the archaic ritual. And now, it’s becoming more common for women to keep their maiden names. That's the beauty of being able to choose what works for you!