Monday, September 16, 2013

Greff Fabrics Blues, 1971 (iii)

On a physical level in August 1971, I was still attracted to the white working-class suburban women in their late teens and early 20's that I would see riding the same buses I rode to beaches on Long Island like Long Beach--or that I would see sunbathing on blankets on the same beaches that I sat on. But in late 1971, the U.S. mainstream media's political perspective and tv programming still seemed to generally reflect a mentality/value structure of repressed sexuality for the most part, encouraging the white women who grew up in the suburbs and hadn't attended college to still feel guilty about being into free love and, even, to a certain degree, pre-marital sex.

So unless the white working-class suburban women in their late teens or early 20's around me had broken somewhat from the dominant culturally straight mass media programming and had become more than plastic hippies, they usually seemed to be emotionally closed to getting involved with a hedonistic anarcho-communist hippie-type like myself in late August 1971. Especially, since I owned no car, had no money and was hunting around for a 9-to-5 wage-slavery slot on days when I wasn't hanging around on some beach in late August 1971.

And, in late August 1971, the Catholic Church still seemed to retain enough influence over white working-class teenage women and women in in their early 20's on Long Island who were of Catholic religious background, so that many of those who hadn't gone to college or become hippies would still seem to feel some guilt about becoming involved with a guy, unless they assumed the involvement would lead to a marriage and children (as well as an escape from a 9-to-5 wage-slave job).

Also, in late August 1971, radical feminist intellectual consciousness still had not penetrated much into the minds of most of the white working-class teenage women or women in their early 20's who hadn't been to college yet, especially since the U.S. mass media still hadn't yet begun even promoting even the non-radical, middle-class feminist careerist consciousness that it began promoting by the middle of the 1970's.

So, intellectually, most of the white teenage suburban women and college age women around me on Long Island still seemed to be on a very different intellectual/philosophical/psychological wavelength than I was in late August 1971; in terms of how they expected men and women should act in relationship to each other, beauty standards, what kind of men and women were most desirable as lovers, and what kind of goals and aspirations women and men should attempt to achieve in their lives during the remaining decades of the 20th-century--assuming they survived as individuals.