The Seventies

The Seventies – Ep 7 Sneak Peek

In many ways the decade of the 1970s was just as dramatic as the 1960s.  America lost its first war, endured two energy crises, and a President resigned following an unprecedented political scandal.  Television tackled once taboo subjects.  Popular music enjoyed a multi-genre explosion, and there was a sexual revolution.  Serial murder and other violent crime kept the nation on edge, and bombing, hijacking and the taking of hostages introduced the world to the modern face of terrorism.

The Seventies examines the individuals and events that influenced and shaped a decade that had as profound an impact on America as its famous predecessor.

Battle of the Sexes

America undergoes a dramatic shift of sexual mores, customs and gender roles.

Sex was everywhere in the 1970s. No decade has witnessed such a seismic shift in sexual mores and customs. Premarital sex became socially acceptable, while an increasing number of married couples experimented with swinging and other once taboo activities. Pornography emerged from the shadows and gay men and women began to “come out” in increasingly public fashion. This new sexual freedom also had a significant impact on the redefinition of traditional gender roles. But many viewed the sexual revolution as nothing less than the destruction of America’s moral foundation as religiously based conservative groups began to organise and push back politically.