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Teens Today Magazine: How Does Life in The 1950s Compare to Life Today?

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MEMBERS OF GROUP 7 PRESENTS
TEENS TODAY!
April 28, 2014
Fashion in the 1950’s compared to today’s has definitely changed. However, there are quite a few similarities from then and now. In the 50s, there were two major types of style categories, which were the preppies and greasers.
The preppy-styled category was very classy and neat. The preppy look was often worn by those in the upper-middle-class. A typical preppy outfit worn by girls was to have your hair up in a ponytail with a frilly-collared blouse, along with a tight polo or scoop neck along with a full skirt. The poodle, circle, and pleated skirts the type of skirts young girls wore in the 50s. Jumpers, which was a dress with a blouse underneath, were popular for preppies as well. In addition, favored accessories were tied cowboy-styled scarves and pearl necklaces. Well liked footgear in 1950 were pedal pushers, saddle shoes, flats, and ballet slippers. Young male preppies would commonly wear buttoned-down, collared shirts tucked into loose-fitting slacks. Polo shirts were a very popular trend, as well as skinny ties. They would wear blazers and sports coats. They would often wear these with polo shirts and khakis. They also wore bermuda shorts with athletic socks. For those who earned their letterman jackets, wore them. Occasionally, the preppies wore jeans and t-shirts. Popular footwear preppies wore to complete the classy look would be suede shoes, penny loafers, white bucks or dirty bucks.
The greasers had a very juvenile delinquent look. This look signified rebellion against parental and societal restrictions imposed on American youth (Bachelor). Quite a few teenage females wore the greaser look. This group of young girls often had their hair in pompadour curls or in a ponytail along with heavy makeup. They would wear tight, rolled up jeans or capris along with t-shirts or tight blouses with their collars turned up and tailored jackets. Poodle and circle skirts were popular with this style also.Other types of skirts worn by girls at this time were hobble and pencil skirts. They often wore heels with the outfits. Greasers would have several different hairstyles. Hair styles for boys would consists of the pompadour, the duck’s ass, S-curls, finger wave, folsom style, and afros with parts or shaped like pompadours. They combed their hair back using hair wax, hair gel, creams, tonics, or pomade. Bandanas, black leather gloves, fedoras, motorcycle helmets, vintage leather caps, stingy-brim hats, flat caps, and chainwallets were popular for the males accessories. The greasers would wear either fitted t-shirts, often with their sleeves rolled up, ringer t-shirts, italian knits shirts, baseball tees, bowling shirts, tank tops and “Daddy-O” styled shirts. Denim jackets, leather jackets and bomber jackets were popular. Black or blue jeans with rolled up cuffs, baggy cotton twill work trousers, black leather pants or vests, and khaki pants were often worn by this
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fashion group. They wore motorcycle boots, army boots, winklepickers, brothel creepers, cowboy boots, and Converse. These styles have actually influenced the styles of today’s generation.
In 2014, fashion varies from a vast amount of diverse styles. Currently, the hipster style is definitely in. The hipster style varies from classy to sporty to hippie to bohemian. Teenagers today gets their fashion inspiration from celebrities, social media, and history. Young female hipsters hairstyles vary from having a messy bun, straight or straight hair, to doing something unique, like a cute updo with a braid. Accessories are a must when it comes to hipster girls. Tons of bracelets and rings are a necessity. For hipsters going for a bohemian look, flower crowns or head and body chains are great, as well as hats, such as fedoras, beanies, snapbacks, sun hats, and wide brimmed hats. Common tops worn by this group of individuals are crop tops, baseball tees, bandeaus, crochet tops and oversized sweaters. Leggings, yoga pants, and high waisted pants or shorts are very popular today. Just like in the 50s, Converse are a well liked shoe brand. Other common footwear hipsters like to wear are sandals, uggs, moccasins, wedges, and oxfords. Nowadays, hipsters somehow incorporate the 1950s style with a much more modern and less conservative look. For instance, in the 50s, the girls wore high waisted pants and skirts with a cropped top, while in todays generation, we wear the same thing, but it somehow looks a bit raunchy.
In 2014, fashion varies from a vast amount of diverse styles. Currently, the hipster style is definitely in. The hipster style varies from classy to sporty to hippie to bohemian. Teenagers today gets their fashion inspiration from celebrities, social media, and history. Young female hipsters hairstyles vary from having a messy bun, straight or straight hair, to doing something unique, like a cute updo with a braid. Accessories are a must when it comes to hipster girls. Tons of bracelets and rings are a necessity. For hipsters going for a bohemian look, flower crowns or head and body chains are great, as well as hats, such as fedoras, beanies, snapbacks, sun hats, and wide brimmed hats. Common tops worn by this group of individuals are crop tops, baseball tees, bandeaus, crochet tops and oversized sweaters. Leggings, yoga pants, and high waisted pants or shorts are very popular today. Just like in the 50s, Converse are a well liked shoe brand. Other common footwear hipsters like to wear are sandals, uggs, moccasins, wedges, and oxfords. Nowadays, hipsters somehow incorporate the 1950s style with a much more modern and less conservative look. For instance, in the 50s, the girls wore high waisted pants and skirts with a cropped top, while in todays generation, we wear the same thing, but it somehow looks a bit raunchy.
Is 1950's Fashion Still Alive?
By C. Palma
http://www.trendhunter.com/slideshow/hipster-haircuts
Dating has changed an exorbitant amount since the 1950’s. Guys seem to have less respect for women nowadays, and young girls are much more independent. Back then, the way a guy would ask a girl on a date was face-to-face or he would give her a call. Today, there are several ways a guy would ask a girl out. He could either give her a call, send a text, ask in person or through people, or simply through social networking. Timing was crucial in the 50s. For instance, if a guy were to call you, and you weren’t there to answer, you would have to wait awhile till he calls again or until you see the guy. It wasn’t proper for the girls to call or ask the guy on dates. Girls are much more aggressive now. If they like a boy, they will contact him first if she really wants to talk to him. However, sometimes girls wait awhile for the boy to talk to them first, so they don’t seem annoying or desperate. It’s sometimes the same for boys. 2014’s girls don’t give straight answers to the guy when they are asked out on a date, simply because they either don’t want to sound desperate or sound rude when they reject the boy. In 1950, the boy would always meet the girls family on the first date. Its the total opposite today, because now the boy would meet the family once the young couple were serious about each other. To go along with what I have mentioned earlier on in the article about girls being much more independent today, they usually order their own food and sometimes pay for themselves. Young girls of this generation don’t want to sound like they are unable to take care of themselves. In the 50s, the guys would order for the girl, and pay for everything. When you think of popular teen dating spots in the 1950’s, you may possibly think of diners, roller rinks, ice cream parlors, bowling and drive-in movie theatres. Well, these were the total hotspots for dating back in the day. It’s a bit different now. Teens still go out to the movie theatres and bowling alley for dates. There are much more different places teens go out for dates. A few popular places are Cream, Twin Peaks, hanging out at the mall, any type of restaurants and much more places. When returning from dates in the 50s, the boy always brings the girl home on time. Today, some parents allow the girl to sleep at the boys house or
come home late. Something similar about today and back then is that there is still tons of P.D.A. shown in school, automobiles, and out in public. In addition, virginity is still important to females in both generations. You can clearly see how chivalry has changed over the years after comparing and contrasting both teen dating in the 1950’s and today.
Strict Dating Etiquette!
By C. Palma
Ask The Readers
Question of The Week: Do you pay for both you and your date?
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Johnathan Pasco 17 – American Canyon, CA
Andrea Leger 17 – Portland, OR
Jaren Diwa 16 – New York City, NY
"I've never had a date. :-("
"No, My date pays for me! And that's
how it should remain!"
"No! She should pay for her own
food! Gender equality!"
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Teens now and then are very different but also very similar in many ways. In the 50’s, typically teenagers would go to the movies, dancing, or listening to music for entertainment. In 2014 teenagers typically do the same thing but now there is social media which teens use as entertainment. Teenagers in the 50s typically loved going to the movies instead of staying at home and watching television because it allowed them to have more privacy. Teenagers do the same thing now because it still allows more privacy than at home where parents can watch over them. Music was becoming more and more popular in the 50s and that is when Rock n Roll began so teenagers were listening to it more and more. Popular artists were Buddy Holly, Little Richard and the most popular of them all and the “King of Rock n Roll” was Elvis Presley. Elvis was important because he became such an idol to so many tens and helped shape music today through his unique style and rhythm. Today 2014 many teens look up to Bruno Mars as an idol and has also become one of the fastest growing male artists since Elvis Presley. Even though there style of music is different they are both the same because of their unique style and rhythm that many teens can look up to. Technology definitely has a big impact on how people entertain themselves. Whether its from purchasing music on an app or watching movies and television shows on a cell phone. All of these facts are important because it shows the differences and similarities that teenagers in the 50s and teenagers now in 2014 and what they did for entertainment from music to movies to television to technology. Entertainment plays a big part in teens lives and how they act. Without entertainment teens would possibly act much more different so its nice to have something to keep teens occupied.
Reincarnated Voices
By A. Leger
http://www.straight.com/music/bruno-mars-and-janelle-monae-get-eclectic-rogers-arena
http://www.spirit-of-rock.com/membre_groupe/membre_groupe-nom-Elvis_Presley-id-12980-l-en.html
The Power of Television
Television was the first audiovisual system that changed the way people see entertainment. It opened the domain of recreation and mass communication. Even though television has been active since the 1930’s, the 1950’s was known as ‘The Golden Age of Television.' It had gotten the attention of many. There were many different types of television you would see at home’s. There was RCA TV, Philco TV, Zenith Round Screen TV, and Admiral Bakelite TV. The audience only had black and white televisions, so when color tv was first introduced in 1951 not many people got to see. Television is mainly known for programs that most people watch on daily bases. There were many very well known shows in the 1950’s, such as The Howdy Doody Show, Disneyland Series, American Bandstand, I Love Lucy, The Jackie Gleason Show, Your Hit Parade, Father knows Best, Our Miss Brooks, The Burns and Allen Show, etc. Everyone was so fascinated with television that they started to visit their friends and families who owned a television just to watch programs. Television was not just about entertaining families at home. It was also used to communicate with others. Many televisions were not just set at homes. Army grounds also had televisions, and no not for watching tv programs. They were used to seeing their atomic bombs from afar yet close. Televisions were also a way to communicate news to others. Television changed everything in a great way.


By S. MontelDeLuna
http://middlepopart.wikispaces.com/The+1950s
Did You Know?
There were three major broadcasters during the 1950's, namely, ABC, CBS, and NBS (still ongoing!). All of them broadcasted shows and programs that targeted the same audience.
By C. Ledbetter
Race to Equality
During the 1950's, there was a great deal of racial segregation in America. I'm sure many of you are aware of the heavy racism; but for those who aren't, here it goes. Racism during the 1950's in America primarily targeted African Americans. The racism was so severe that the conditions went from African Americans not being able to attend the same school as Caucasians to not being able to share the same water fountain as them! There was a great deal of arguments that sparked within the nation; the ideology of everything was believed to be inherently unequal. People argued that the acts of racism contradicted the 13th and 14th Amendment– and it did!
These acts of racial discrimination soon became the building block to racial equality. It took severe actions to spark the eyes of great visionaries and protestants such as Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Malcom X, and many more. They were a merely a milestone to the nations great social improvement, it took everyone to grasp the reality of their wrong doings. Today, people of all races and religions in the United States have the freedom to share schools. Any discriminatory acts against races and such in any establishment is considered illegal. Although acts of racism is still practiced, it is a great improvement from the 1950's. The 1950's racial acts strengthened the future of America far more than just in racism.

1950s was a time of peace, progress, and prosperity. In fact, the nation seemed so transversed in this lifestyle that the notion of the Cold War seemed to be overlooked. Yes, outside of the thriving country fought a battle against the great Mother Russia and their communist ways. Yet most citizens of the United States seemed unphased by it. But how was the war so maintained and secretive? Some say it was the doing of the government-- well, they’re correct. Partially. The limited American lifestyle during the 1950’s had some justice, but most of the concealment from rival countries is the work of the government. More specifically, the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), a group created by the U.S. House Representatives to investigate the allegations of communist activity during the early years of the Cold War. During the 1940’s and 1950’s, HUAC would find witnesses who could testify before the congress. Their main function was to detect and investigate the treacherous and disloyal activities from private citizens and public employees. Sounds a lot like spies, doesn’t it? Well, they are! ...Partially. Although HUAC’s primary purpose was to protect the nation against enemy activity, most of their practices were considered impeccable and deemed unruly. Much of the fear, distrust, and repression that existed during the anti-communist hysteria during the 1950’s was caused by HUAC’s controversial tactics. The tactics were so severe that they were criticized for violating the First Amendment. Nevertheless, by the late 1950’s, HUAC’s influence was declined by a variety of activists. However, made a striking return in 1969 with a different identity known as the Committee on Internal Security. This was far more superior and reliable than HUAC especially because of it’s notable members like Richard Nixon and their new representative– Richard Howard Ichord Jr.
Although HUAC did not condone the communist acts within America and worked its way against it– the organization was very flawed. However, the controversial mishaps of the HUAC contributed to the fight against social discrimination as organization learned through the mistakes of HUAC. Many of the
Discriminatory Spies?
By J. Diwa & J. Pasco
http://keithwarther.com/post/77639390/advertisement-for-local-used-car-dealership-made

acts committed by HUAC, such as commercials intended to induce fear and hatred towards another group, are no longer done today. In fact, the fear contributed to suspicion that people had on their friends, neighbors, and relations– it practically eluded to everyone thinking everyone was a socialist, communist, or anything considered "non-American". This caused a great sense of paranoia amongst American citizens, afraid that any actions would cause suspicion amongst others.
Overall, the committee made a much greater negative impact than it did positive. Not only did the HUAC commit actions that are now proclaimed illegal today, but also abused powers their powers by attacking those opposing today... which is also illegal today. We can conclude that the HUAC was a failure, however, was used a crash test dummy for future committees.
http://hrmediaarchive.estuarypress.com/peace-and-huac/
Want More?
"You are Un-American, and you ought to be ashamed of yourselves!" – Paul Robeson, Actor/Singer
Read the full testimony of Paul Robeson before the HUAC at
http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/6440
How Does Life
in The 1950's
Compare To
Life Today?

Citation Page
Batchelor, Bob. "Youth Fashion in the 1950s." Pop Culture Universe: Icons, Idols, Ideas. ABC-CLIO, 2014. Web. 29 Apr. 2014.
Sombat, Windy. “Teenage Dating in the 1950s.” The Beat Begins: America in the 1950s. plosin. Web. 29 Apr. 2014.
The Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica. "House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) (United States History)." Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica, n.d. Web. 01 May 2014.
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