Originally Posted by Wildwoman
Yeah, itís A Thing for me. When I was in high school and didnít know anyone else interested in my kind of politics and activism and such, I was obsessed with the 60s and wishing Iíd been young then. I accept that a lot of the depth of my feelings come from this, but I donít think Iím actually getting anything extremely wrong, and in the main, Iíve certainly never seen anyone of that generation question the idea that being who I am/was is being a Ď60s-type person.í I do think identifying myself as an activist - or at least having done so for 20 years - causes these things to stand out a lot.
Then when I finally got my chance to study feminism and do activism it just seemed like we were still overshadowed by the 60s, like it could only belong to them. Then I started to get angry. I was involved in activism against the Gulf War and the one time I ever heard anyone admit such a thing existed on the news was someone talking about people spitting on soldiers coming home Ė 72 hours into the war, when no soldiers had actually returned home. I thought, wow, so my generation is being sent to war now, and still we donít exist.
You know, I read your post and not long after read this: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/28/us...us&oref=slogin
and it occurred to me that it would make more sense for babyboomers, at least the ones that were activist at the time, to support Obama. You're right when you say there is a bit too much obsession with themselves about it being "our time" as it was "our time" in the 60s. Why can't they let go, realize that they are older and that new blood is needed? They made the progress they did because of their passion AND their youth. Let's be real, when you get older, you get out of touch. I'm not even 30 yet and I'm way out of touch with teens today, let alone those kids that haven't been born yet. Why can't they step aside with some dignity and grace and support the next round of young folks that remind them of themselves?