First of all I want to thank everyone who has responded and offer a couple of apologies for both my typos (I was hella distracted and posted in a rush
rather than proofread and correct it as I typically do here, i cringed re-reading it today). It looks as though you understood the question I was
I'd also like to apologize for not responding until today. I had planned to check back later yesterday to read and respond but if you didn't know it,
we're going through a crazy heat wave up here in the northwest so a bunch of my friends asked if I wanted to go to the beach, which is what I did
before returning home to get ready to go out to dine with my boyfriend as had we had long-previously planned.
I will say that I am very curious about the experiences of those from the 60s (the dawn of the beginning of profound Post WWII social change, space
exploration and ARPAnet which later turned into the internet) through to those from the 80s-90s (the dawn of internet access for everyone and
beginnings of most of the culture, technology and many of the things I grew up with having been born in 1995).
I think what got me thinking about all of this was reading a textbook in school called "60s Experience : Hard Lessons about Modern America
Edward P. Morgan
That book and some of the others I read subsequently as well as talking with older people in my family and elsewhere has lead me to a profound
appreciation for Post-War American History and older people in general. But not without questions.
So to those of you who were my age in the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s or 1990s I want YOU to know that I fully appreciate your generations and the things you
stood up for (even if you personally may have been unaware of or on the other side of them at the time.)
It could be argued that I might not have ever been born had it not been for the 1960s, the Civill RIghts Movement, desegregation, and many of the
changes which took place afterwards. My mothers family is black and from the deep south - Louisiana, my father's family is white and from the Pacific
Northwest. Without desegregation they might never have even met. Had the practice of Redlining
ended then I know my mother and father probably wouldn't have even lived in the same neighborhood or went to the same school.
And were it not for the Equal Rights Movement for Women in the 1970s I might not be studying for a career in an area of the sciences which
traditionally had been almost exclusively male. Access to the hormone replacement therapy I would eventually need, probably would have been very
difficult if not impossible had the birth control pill never been invented and eventually widely accepted. Planned Parenthood an organization which i
-think- started in the 1970s (?) has helped many in my situation get on HRT even if they couldn't afford it even thought that organization was started
for very different reasons they recognized women like me were still women whose control over their body was just as important regardless of how we
Were it not for the Gay Liberation movement which grew larger after the AIDS virus was ignored by the mainstream until it effected heteorsexual
people. Some of the organizations born out of the 80s gay rights movement like the Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (P-FLAG), my parents would
have been on their own when a 5 year old me insisted that I was a girl despite having been born with boy parts. It was during the 1980s that the
original medical standards for the treatment of transsexual and transgendered people were put into place and adopted by mainstream medicine, doctors
and health care providers.
Were it not for much of the research into transsexuals and transgender children in the late 1980s/early 1990s, my parents might not have let me begin
living as a girl at age 7, and I almost certainly would not have been given the option to postpone male puberty by taking testosterone blockers at 13.
Something which I allowed me to have more time to decide if I wanted to begin hormone treatment to fully transition as I did 2 years later with my
parents blessing under the care of a fairly well informed health care system. I can't stress how important this was to helping me have about as
normal a girlhood as is possible for someone born into my situation. I am pretty sure I'd have probably committed suicide had I not been able to
transition then. I don't expect most of you to understand the profound depression I had experienced until I knew there was a "light at the end of
tunnel". So were it not for the rapid development of micro neurosurgery which took place throughout the late 1990s then parts of my body after gender
reassignment surgery would not have any feeling or be functional at all. And with all of that difficult stuff out of the way at 17 I was able to just
focus on my studies and preparing for college. And were it not for the whole Riot Girl thing which got started not far from where I grew up then it
might not even be cool for teens to have the frank discussions about gender and society which I'll admit my generation takes for granted.
So to all of you who allowed for the progress in all aspects of American society for the last 50 years THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!! :heart: I will
-ALWAYS- appreciate your generations for paving the way for my generation in general and for me in particular to even exist!! :hearts:
And all of the music created in your generations allowed the music i grew up listening to to happen too!!
So please KNOW that you all rock!
If time machines existed I'd probably want to first travel back to the 1960s (so much went on! So many people organized against some very long held
and entrenched ideas and even the government itself with nothing other than phone calls, flyers and word of mouth!!!! that's remarkable! Bob Dylan!
Janis Joplin! The height of the Space Age, the first microwave oven and rapid technological advancement! Wow those of you who were lucky to experience
it have my profound respect.) and the 1990s (the transition from analog generations to digital ones, the start of the transition from national
identity to global identity, the beginnings of social media, memes, flashmobs, global awareness through individual to individual global communication,
Rave parties when they were still organized by kids, The Prodigy! Madonna! First extrasolar planets discovered! you got to experience and do all that
stuff when it was NEW you lucky people!).
I truly believe that every generation should learn from the successes and failures of the last. I also feel every generation paves the way for the
next so I hope you all understand that's where my questions come from. I would hope that when I'm older like many of you that, I'll remember the
principals I stand for now if and when I do not understand a younger generation's issues and convictions.
Lastly, I have read your responses and many are fascinating
In some cases I have further questions and I will be replying to them
individually. very soon. I'd also like to thank most of you for your patience, especially those of you who belong to the age group who I openly
questioned and perhaps seemed critical of. I am just curious by nature about this particular era in our history.
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