2014.Spring: Matthew Ides, “Dare to Free Your Self”: The Red Tide, Feminism, and High School Activism in the Early 1970s (Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth, Spring 2014)

The Red Tide (1971-1981)

The Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth, Volume 7, Number 2, Spring 2014, pp. 295-319

Published by The Johns Hopkins University Press
DOI: 10.1353/hcy.2014.0031


In 1971, a group of radical students at University High School in West Los Angeles began publishing the Red Tide newspaper. Using the Tide and oral histories of alumni, this article analyzes the relationship between feminism and youth culture in the early 1970s. It argues that the Tide’s authors successfully tied together strains of women’s liberation, 1960s movement cultures, and the counterculture; through their activities they integrated this synthesis with the youth culture of their community. As explored in this article, a feminist youth culture charted alternatives to the norms of adult authorities, and provided students with peer-driven discussion of sex, sexual orientation, and gender roles.



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