Origins of Teenage Culture

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    Mar 12, 2014 12:30 AM GMT
    The premise is that youth pop culture doesn’t originate in the 1950s with James Dean. Jitterbug Kids. Victory Girls. Bright Young Things. They’re all teen movements that emerged in the first half of the 20th century and were largely forgotten amid the subsequent tide of greasers, hippies and punks. But they played a key role in defining adolescence as a time of life distinct from childhood or adulthood. Those movements are excerpted (http://nyti.ms/1oKs3Nq) in a new documentary “Teenage,” opening in New York, that combines real and gorgeously fabricated footage to weave a dreamlike, music-video-like portrait of restless youth culture before, during and after the world wars. Here in these excerpts, it is explained why Britain’s coolest kids in the 1920s looked more like Warhol’s 1960s.

    What was your teenage culture?

    http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/03/11/q-and-a-filmmaker-matt-wolf-on-the-origins-of-teenage-culture/?hpw&rref=t-magazine
  • MikeW

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    Mar 12, 2014 1:01 AM GMT
    My mother told me she had been a flapper but I find that difficult to believe. Perhaps she wanted to be but fact is she was married by age 15 to my dad, 17, in 1921.

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    I didn't come along till 1948 so my teenage years were in the '60s, about which we've talked at length in other threads.

    Before hippiedom (1967ish) we looked kind of like this:

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    Mar 12, 2014 1:12 AM GMT
    MikeW, 15? Wow! My grandfather had two wives in his teens. I bet you can't match!
  • MikeW

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    Mar 12, 2014 1:59 AM GMT
    woodsmen saidMikeW, 15? Wow! My grandfather has two wives in his teens. I bet you can't match!

    He could afford two wives in his teen years? icon_eek.gif

    As for my mom, apparently marrying as teens wasn't *that* uncommon (among the working class at least), prior to the 20th century. My older sister also married at that age, but that was just a month before I was born. It *was* unusual by that time. My mom didn't want her to get married at such a young age but didn't feel she could insist, given she'd married that young herself. However, my sister didn't have children until she graduated from high school, just to make sure everyone in our neck of the woods knew this wasn't a shot-gun affair.
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    Mar 12, 2014 2:00 AM GMT
    He came from a wealthy family and back in Asia in antiquity multiple wives were permitted.