“THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGING”
It is not only the title of a wonderful song by Bob Dylan, but also the anthem of a generation. For many young people of the 60s, this song reflected the social, political and culture changes that were taking place, not only in the United States but also in the rest of the world. However, after fifty years, can we really say that things have changed? The hippie movement, the sexual revolution, equality between men and women . . . but have times really changed? And if so, have these changes been for better or for worse?
Sometimes, I have the feeling that things have not changed much, especially when I hear news of abuse and gender violence crimes, especially when those stories are about young people that are not over 30. Young people today have more information from school, Internet, television, radio or dialogue with their own parents. Nevertheless, studies say that women still lag behind men in all areas of society. They earn less money than men despite performing the same jobs, and they spend more time on housework than men, although they also work outside the home. Last but not least, women suffer violence by their partners and, in some cases by their own children, too.
Considering this, we can say that the women of today differ very little or not at all from our grandmothers or great-grandmothers. Young people may now have more information, but that information is not translated into more respect between men and women.
Personally, I think that, apart from musical tastes and fashions, we have failed to learn the lessons from our recent history. Will our children learn from our mistakes? I hope so, for the good of humanity.