Skip to main content

This is my first diary. I've been sort of a posting smart ass to other peoples efforts. This started out as a comment, but when my wife read it she encouraged me to take the plunge and publish it as a diary.

So here goes, there's more below the squiggle.  

As a male who was in his teens in the late 1960s, it was clear to me that my relations with women were not only different from my father's generation, but different from guys just 4 or 5 years older than me. My male buddies and I weren't so different, but the young women seemed to be. None of us, boy or girl, seemed to know that we were in the beginning of a  great revolutionary change in the relations between the genders and the role of women in our society. Nobody had access to the pill and we watched the changes of the 60's on our TVs for the most part. The most obvious challenge to our world view came into our little town with returning Viet Nam Vets. They told those of us too young to serve yet, not to go, to avoid the war any way we could. A huge shock to us and a bigger one to our fathers. The war about war was coming to our families.    

But I was safe enough and could enjoy myself beer drinking on country roads, skipping school to go hunting, and and tip-toeing terrified into the mysterious territory of girls. I was soon sexually active in high school and my girlfriends and I were constantly in fear of an un-intended pregnancy, and how it would end our fun and youth. We feared becoming one of those too-young married couples, condemned to work and child rearing, and living in a parent's converted garage apartment. We used condoms, rhythm method, guessing, and finger crossing as birth control.  At times we would await the beginning of a period with the same grim hope of prisoners facing execution and focused on that call from the Governor.

But in the early 70's after relocating to Southern California from a small rural town in Ohio, I encountered a social world where young women and their sexual partners were not subject to these fears and dreary outcomes. Young women were on an equal footing sexually with young men. I encountered a great and hugely fun horizontal leveling of men and women. I had met the pill. And the exciting joyful party that ensued didn't remain just sexual. Mine was the first generation of young men to work side by side in almost any kind of work with women. Even to have female supervisors in occupations where women a generation before couldn't even apply. The women that I have remained friends with since those youthful days of pot and roses, have for the most part, had professional careers, solid marriages, and almost always, one or two children. They married later than their mothers and have raised lots of happy successful children. This cohort of women became adventurous, strong, interesting partners in a way their mothers never got a chance to be. And my wife, and her brave sisters have made my life and the lives of my male friends, so much richer and more full than I ever thought a man's life could be.

Ladies, you didn't just liberate yourselves, you liberated the men of your generation, our children and all the children to come. No wonder the reactionary power structures of male privilege want to keep your revolution from being passed on.

To these men, my lost and left behind brothers, I say, "Fat chance you pathetic losers". We can never return to the narrow stale confines of your dusty memories. We already inhabit the future you are so afraid of.  

 I just had to weigh in on this birth control business. I am so grateful for the way the women of my generation seized the life opportunities the pill gave them, and for the world-expanding changes we all share thanks to their courage. Guys, haven't they been magnificent?  

Originally posted to Grabber by the Heel on Sat Feb 18, 2012 at 01:20 PM PST.

Also republished by ClassWarfare Newsletter: WallStreet VS Working Class Global Occupy movement and Abortion.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

skybluewater, Egg, Thor Heyerdahl, filkertom, Odysseus, Marie, AaronInSanDiego, glitterscale, Emerson, sara seattle, grapeshot, eeff, x, SallyCat, Matilda, wenchacha, lady sisyphus, Creosote, Heart of the Rockies, scribe, chaboard, bronte17, flurdman, Athenian, cyberKosFan, fugwb, annrose, boadicea, fishwars, moiv, fumie, splashy, hopeful, CoConut, dksbook, kyoders, revsue, Texknight, edrie, psnyder, annan, emmasnacker, danthrax, 2laneIA, HeyMikey, BMarshall, flatford39, DSC on the Plateau, Steven Payne, Sychotic1, RebeccaG, HLGEM 1, lcrp, riverlover, dkmich, Exurban Mom, Matt Esler, FlyingToaster, zerelda, Wife of Bath, TexH, Gowrie Gal, vcmvo2, Skennet Boch, kbman, historys mysteries, Bluesee, Harkov311, chimene, OpherGopher, sap, TN yellow dog, Clem Yeobright, dewtx, sandrad23, juliesie, Starvox, owlbear1, majcmb1, jimstaro, jimreyn, where4art, Hastur, kaliope, minidriver, Rydra Wrong, Joes Steven, whirledpeas, xanthippe2, kathny, RainyDay, begone, Born in NOLA, K S LaVida, BachFan, irishwitch, DrSpalding, Clytemnestra, Themistoclea, seefleur, Dvalkure, kestrel9000, deha, arlene, ktar7582, claudette, sailmaker, blueoasis, global citizen, wild hair, marc in MD, katrinka, Tickticker, tommyfocus2003, oakroyd, Pilgrim X, onionjim, CA Nana, commonsenseseeker, Clive all hat no horse Rodeo, fiddlingnero, Stripe, kurt, Brunette, SeekCa, Nulwee, Aaa T Tudeattack, GoldnI, Thinking Fella, fiver, Lisa in Bama, FlamingoGrrl, dotsright, Cronesense, Loudoun County Dem, camlbacker, weneedahero, LSophia, DvCM, Mgleaf, bnasley, pioneer111, Chico David RN, GeorgeXVIII, ekelly, bewild, janatallow, A Person, TeacherH, Azubia, sable, on the cusp, Mighty Ike, VA Breeze, JDWolverton, rogerdaddy, adrianrf, flowerfarmer, HappyinNM, GAS, mamamedusa, cindymutti, katiebug, NewDealer, smrichmond, lineatus, Calamity Jean, here4tehbeer, madame damnable, Hanging Up My Tusks, triplepoint, envwq, petulans, CitizenJoe, My Spin, DixieDishrag, palantir, shortgirl, fayea, LaFeminista, wv voice of reason, MrsTarquinBiscuitbarrel, prettygirlxoxoxo, Bule Betawi, soarbird, number nine dream, J M F, emboyo, greengemini, Pariah Dog, cantelow, bsmechanic, Carol in San Antonio, Norm in Chicago, Zotz, CamillesDad1, DefendOurConstitution, elziax, dskoe, MKSinSA, badger1968, Shelley99, Keith Pickering, Dark UltraValia, sfarkash, jan0080, hamsisu, ItsJessMe, Nannyberry, Lefty Ladig, coppercelt, Broke And Unemployed, martybee, brunoboy, politik, freeport beach PA, pixxer, DerAmi, Jaimas, nickrud, USHomeopath, petesmom, Its a New Day, Belle Ame, Onomastic, Jane Lew, kerflooey, spiraldancer8, bluebuckaroo, implicate order, BillyElliott, dabug, FarWestGirl, asterkitty, kiwiheart, beantown mom, ca union goon, boophus, mrsgoo, jewel33, zukesgirl64, IllanoyGal, thomask, dle2GA, SueM1121, sofa turf, LSmith, CorinaR, sound of progress, GenuineRisk, Andrew F Cockburn, Pope Buck I, SoCalSal, SteelerGrrl, rscopes, zenox, googie, Dream It Real, AnnetteK, Pinto Pony, roosterpoot, GenXangster, Heart n Mind, anodnhajo, janl1776, ahumbleopinion, joanil, AnnieR, a2nite, swampyankee, FreeSpeaker, Horace Boothroyd III, This old man, Tyler R, Spirit Dancer, Ruh Roh, Arahahex, MartyM, Canines and Crocodiles, rat racer, ItsaMathJoke, 4mygirls, JAM11, AZ Sphinx Moth, herbalina, Kurt Sperry, tn mountain girl, Hammerhand, Lizabet, allensl, corpsechorus, Fracturedchaos, Greenfinches, Chaddiwicker, onceasgt, ranton, bioandy, glorificus, Setsuna Mudo, Renfriend, GwenM, znthahmed378, Socialist Fuckstick, LaraJones, FourthOfJulyAsburyPark, Smoh

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site