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Retro Romance: What Dating Was Like In The 1970s

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“I am woman, hear me roar,” sang Helen Reddy in 1972. And boy were we roaring. The decade marked the decline of the Vietnam War, and with it the radical hippie culture that permeated the 1960s.
Tom Wolfe deemed it “the me decade” for a reason, but it may have been called the Ms. marathon instead. The magazine and the passing of Roe v. Wade — both in 1972 — was a turning point for the modern woman. Gloria Steinem, arguably the women’s movement loudest activist, was quoted as saying “A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle.” Here’s what dating was like in the 1970s…

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  • jana day

    Steinem popularized the “…woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle” phrase, but it was said by Irina Dunn

    • Brandy

      Thanks for noting that…