Originally Answered: What were Teenager in the 80s like?
My mom enjoyed growing up in the 80s! She said at her school (neighborhood in general) everyone got along no matter the race or sexual orientation. The 80s were all about starting to accept people the way they were. In her highschool years my mom wore pretty much the clothes that Joan Jett from the band "joan jett and the black hearts" wore and when she really wanted to dress up, Cyndi Lauper's style was her go-to. She was also very popular in high school because she hung out with everyone: geeks, jocks, dumb girlies, the beatnik-like kids, rejects, everyone. My mom's school was close to a college so her and her friends would skip class or walk their after school to hang out at the cafes, restaurants, etc. And my mom even got to interview a rock band for her school paper when she was at a cafe their ( sry cant remember their name). My mom also told me the kids at their school shamelessly flirted with the people they liked and would have the guts to walk up to the person and ask them on a date. This weird guy liked my mom, but my mom didn't like him, but everyday he'd still tell her that he wanted to please her in bed, which is creepy and he wrote a love poem to her in her year book. My mom waited until after highschool to date and she dated this perverted guy who tried to push her into having sexmwith him. She said one night when she was in his car and aslepp he started unbuttoning her blouse and she woke up and smacked him. She had to walk home, sadly, because he picked her up in his car. Their relationship ended because he was creepy and his parents weren't comfortable with the fact that my mom was black. But then her friend got her involved with this adolescent church group and this ultra religious guy started liking my mom and asked her friends to arrange dates for them, but my mom only liked him as a friend and it broke his heart according to her friends and my aunts. Eventually my mom met my dad, and since then she hasn't been happy with her life... and about the stereotypes of the 80s, people thought of goudy clothing abd accessories, new wave of rock and roll, jerry curls, tacky clothing, flashy people, everyone enjoying their sexuality, etc. The fashion varied: spandex, leggings, shoulder pads, mohawks, jerry curls, mini skirts, leg warmers, huge earrings, pretty muchwhat madonna, prince, duran duran, and run dmc wore.