Archive for February, 2009

Barbie Turning Fifty

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

Barbie: bimbo or savvy baby boomer woman?

Barbie: bimbo or savvy baby boomer woman?

An Update to “Playtime in Yesteryear”: By Boomer Yearbook.com

http://boomeryearbook.com/blog/2008/11/08/playtime-in-yesteryear

It appears that Barbie is indeed part of the not so small group of baby boomer women. In fact, many baby boomer women have probably owned a few Barbie dolls and in the unlikely event that they haven’t, they have probably given some to children or grandchildren. We are all familiar with that beautiful stereotypical doll that sure looks good for turning fifty! Yes, Barbie was born and created in 1959 by a woman named Ruth Handler for the Mattel Company that was owned by her husband and his partner. Barbie was named after their daughter and when the Ken doll was introduced he was named after their son.

It must have been amazing to them to see their children’s names and their creations become such a world wide phenomenon. The iconic doll became the baby boomers women symbol of female beauty. However, Barbie also began to be widely criticized for her stereotypical, unrealistic portrayal of the perfect woman. Yet, the unending criticism did not interfere with Barbie’s popularity. She also became a symbol of what a woman could accomplish; from the acquisition of enormous wealth complete with fancy cars and clothes among other accessories, to fabulous careers that had been traditionally male oriented. As the 60’s saying goes, “She’s come a long way, baby.”

Barbie Doll Collection

Barbie Doll Collection

However, Barbie didn’t always have access to such esteemed careers. In her early teen and adult days, the Barbie doll was regarded as a stereotypical dumb blonde; a materialistic, shallow airhead worrying only about her looks and social status. Therefore, in an attempt to counteract the gender stereotyping that many believed the Barbie doll presented, Mattel Inc. created different careers for Barbie as well as International Barbie dolls designed to represent varying cultures.

Ah, it is hard to believe that the pop culture star has made it to the golden age of fifty. And what a tumultuous journey it has been! It seems that even when one stereotype about Barbie is addressed, another one emerges. Nonetheless, whatever new criticisms or stereotypes about Barbie appear in the future, we at Boomer Yearbook think Barbie is sure to remain a static symbol of Western culture for baby boomer women, echo boomer women, generation x, y and beyond.

What do you think? Will Barbie continue to evolve or will she forever be saddled with her bimbo image?

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Healing with Gemstones

Friday, February 27th, 2009

Can gemstones heal?

Can gemstones heal?

By Boomeryearbook.com

People of every age and generation have loved and revered all things unique, beautiful and expensive. Gemstones are one of those things that are universally sought after by men and women, and the baby boomer generation is no exception. However, did you know that aside from being beautiful ornaments gemstones also have healing powers?

Yes, incredible as it may sound, many cultures believe this to be true. People living in all ages belonging to different religions, cultures and races have found certain inherent powers within these precious stones to cure and heal and prevent illnesses and even ward off misfortunes or the evil-eye.

the baby boomer generation may find it interesting to know which stones purportedly have what powers. Let us have a look at some:

1. Amethyst: Amethyst is believed to be a symbol of sobriety as it originates from the Greek word amethusos meaning “not drunk”. According to psychological articles and experts in the field, it helps with addictions such as alcohol, sex and food. It also brings out the spiritual and intuitive side of an individual. Its calming effects help in relaxing and overcoming stress and anxiety.

2. Aquamarine: Since olden times, sailors have considered Aquamarine to be a lucky stone; probably because of its color. It is believed that the person wearing it gains confidence and courage, as well as remains safe on travels.

3. Garnet: Garnets are considered as symbols of love and devotion; and are said to have the power to increase endurance and liveliness.

4. Jade: This is the stone of fidelity. Psychological articles have reported that the baby boomer generation is already believed to live a longer and healthier life than previous generations but in case we are looking for longevity, Jade might be a help. Jade is thought to bring a long and successful life to anyone who wears it. And it supposedly can increase the ability to lucid dream.

5. Lapis Lazuli: For those searching for emotional healing, having a Lapis Lazuli may be the answer. The ancient Egyptians used it as a doorway to access sacred knowledge.

6. Onyx: Onyx is worn by people looking for self-control and mastering their emotions. If you are looking to let go of the past, a failed relationship, or a lost loved, Onyx should be your gem of choice.

7. Pearls: Pearls are perfect for women as these symbolize feminine wisdom. They stand for faith as well as prosperity. They are also professed to help in problems related to digestion and immunity. And there is no doubt that they give light and flatter a woman’s face in a very special way.

8. Ruby: A person who is recovering from an illness or surgery is said to benefit from this gemstone. It is also used as a treatment for infertility. Another advantage of wearing a Ruby is its reported help in curing a fever.

9. Sapphire: Ailments such as inflammation, nosebleeds, fevers, TB and burns supposedly respond to sapphires. Not only this, but it is also believed to protect the wearer against any forces working against him.

10. Turquoise: Good news for the baby boomer generation! If you are suffering from frequent headaches, respiratory problems, gout, viral infections or muscle cramps turquoise is thought to take all of those away.

Most of us from the baby boomer generation have grown up believing things and achieving things no one believed were possible. So, putting aside any skepticism, we at Boomer Yearbook believe it’s not a bad idea to try out these stones and see if they actually work for you. If not, we can always keep and enjoy them as objects of magnificent beauty.

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Shaman Principles for Understanding Dreams

Friday, February 27th, 2009

Elven Maiden Shaman

Elven Maiden Shaman

By Boomeryearbook.com

Psychological articles inform us that there are hundreds of different ways of interpreting dreams; and while not as frequently discussed in Western articles, shamanic principles for interpreting dreams are still quite popular in many Eastern philosophies and psychological literature. But, what is shamanism? Shamanism is a range of beliefs about how to get in touch with the spirit world; and in shamanic belief, the “otherly” world is inhabited by both good and evil spirits. There are many variations of shamanism but one of the basic principles is “everything is a dream and all dreams are real”. Shamans will tell you that the true source of reality is the mind. So, everything we see and do is actually all in our minds. And if we want to change the reality of our life, we’re going to have to get in touch with our minds. Our minds not only contain our fantasies but they also contain doorways to real places and real beings. In the West, thanks greatly to the creator of Psychology Sigmund Freud, dreams are labeled as just our imagination and are merely reflective of suppressed fantasies or desires for wish fulfillment. But, it’s interesting to consider the possibility of people having prophetic dreams, people who share the same dream and people who connect with others through dreams. Many cultures and beliefs attach great importance to dreams. Shamans believe that through dreams, we can understand our true nature, and also get in touch with spirit beings. It is held by shamans that every dream means something, and every dream should be respected.

According to psychological articles, the vast majorities of dreams are generally either good or benign and occur mostly when the dreamer is in the REM (rapid eye movement) sleep cycle. Oftentimes mundane dreams are not remembered, but our very vivid dreams and nightmares are hard to forget. Researchers and theorists tell us that there are several ways to increase dream recall. For instance, psychological articles report that people who keep dream journals are more likely to remember their dreams and even begin to understand personal dream significances and patterns. Upon reviewing your dream journal, dream researchers propound that you will find a great deal of insight into your waking life’s conflicts, pleasures, hopes and pain. And curiously, we are told that short afternoon naps greatly increase both dreaming and dream recall.

If you’re dreaming is quite dull and uninspirational, many Western psychological articles propose that it may be due to watching a lot of “heavy” unimaginative TV shows, part of the “day residue” we have cited in other articles on Boomer Yearbook, and you should limit your media exposure time so that your dreams reflect what’s going on in your head and not “stuff” you are vicariously watching. If you’re exposing yourself to a lot of ‘day residue” nonsense, many Western theorists feel that your dreams will reflect that and not give true insight into your personality.

However, shamans would interpret these “serious” dreams quite differently. As Mircea Eliade states in his book, Shamanism, Archaic Shamanism, Archaic Techniques of Ecstacy, Shamans are the archetypal figure representing “the wise old man (or woman)”, are believed to possess superior gifts of insight and knowledge, and to be intermediaries between the human and spirit worlds. Shamans hold that dreams reflect our true nature; thus a “serious” or dull dream would suggest the dreamer possesses negative energy and the shaman’s role as healer would be to call upon the spiritual world to help transform the dreamer’s negativity into something positive. It is believed that seeing a shaman in one’s dream is a call for a supernatural guide to re-balance the dreamer’s energy field of flat negativity.

Shamans lead relatively simple lives and live in close knit communities, and since they believe dreams reflect our true nature; they believe in the need to “heal” that nature. They feel that dreams can be used as a vehicle to help the process of healing by having the shaman call upon the spirits to provide curative wisdom and answers to the illness of negativity.

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A Word Puzzle to Light Up Our Brains

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Boomers! Let's light up our brains

Boomers! Let's light up our brains

By Boomeryearbook.com

See if you can figure out what these words have in common.

  1. Banana
  2. Dresser
  3. Grammar
  4. Potato
  5. Revive
  6. Uneven
  7. Assess

Are you peeking or have you already given up? Give it another try. Look at each word carefully.

(You’ll kick yourself when you discover the answer.)

Word Puzzle Solution

Word Puzzle Solution

This Is Cool.

No, it is not that they all have at least 2 double letters.

(Thought I had the answer, but I did not go far enough.)

Answer:

In all of the words listed, if you take the first letter, place it at the end of the word, and then spell the word backwards, it will be the same word.

The brain is one of our most important organs; and just as the rest of the body requires exercise to stay healthy and active, so does the brain. Listen up boomers! According to psychological articles and research, online optical illusions and brain teasers such as those presented in Boomer Yearbook, are fun, proven ways to help ward off loss of memory, depression, and dementia! Let’s stop complaining about senior moments and do what psychological articles and research tell us we can to keep our brains active and alive.

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Neurological Test Revisited

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Increase Brain Power with Online Optical Illusions and Brain Games

Increase Brain Power with Online Optical Illusions and Brain Games

By Boomeryearbook.com

The brain is one of our most important organs; and just as the rest of the body requires exercise to stay healthy and active, so does the brain. Listen up boomers! According to psychological articles and research, online optical illusions and brain teasers such as those presented in Boomer Yearbook, are fun, proven ways to help ward off loss of memory, depression, and dementia! Let’s stop complaining about senior moments and do what psychological articles and research tell us we can to keep our brains active and alive.

This is a REAL Neurological Test. Sit comfortably and be calm. In other words, put your thinking process aside - i.e. put your brain in neutral gear.

1- Find the C below. Do not use any cursor help.

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOCOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

2- If you already found the C, now find the 6 below.

9999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999
9999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999
9999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999
9999699999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999
9999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999
9999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999

3- Now find the N below. It’s a little more difficult..

MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMNMMMM
MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM
MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM
MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM
MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM

We at Boomer Yearbook know how important it is to exercise and challenge our brains. We hope you passed. If not, please try again as sometimes the colors make it more difficult to see.

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What Do The Psychological Articles Say About Sex?

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

What Psychological Articles Say about our Sex Lives

What Psychological Articles Say about our Sex Lives

By Boomeryearbook.com

Here’s a surprise that is contradictory to popular belief: most people do not want great sex. This is according to a psychological article in “Psychology Today”. In fact, according to the author, Kathleen McGowan, many people are turned off by the idea because it requires so much attention and emotion that it takes away from the comforting aspect of being close to a sexual partner. It can also awaken fears of rejection by our partner. It usually requires people to be extremely open with each other about sexual desires and fantasies. You have to be willing to communicate exactly what it is that you want from your partner. This can take away from the sheer comfort and loving warmth that is shared during such intimate moments.

According to this same psychological article, people from their 40’s to 60’s specialize in great sex. By the time baby boomers reach this age, they are less likely to feel self conscious and less insecure about themselves and their bodies. This gives them a greater sense of freedom to explore their sexual relationships in more depth. This is primarily true for baby boomer women, as boomer men tend to explore things of the sexual nature in their youth. This is not to say, however, that boomer men do not enjoy great sex as well.

Moreover, some psychological articles and many general physicians state that a healthy sex life is extremely important for the health and psychological health of seniors. Especially since, in some cases, aging has the opposite effect of less self consciousness and, instead, can promote self loathing or embarrassment. You know the saying, “everything falls apart as we age”? Some people become dissatisfied with the way their aging body has changed, feeling less attractive and, as a result, less interested in sex because of feeling ashamed in front of their partner. However, if one can get past these insecurities, there are many healthy advantages to an active sex life all the way into your senior years.

One advantage to a healthy sex life is a longer life expectancy! Yes. The preponderance of psychological articles and research conclude that sex reduces stress and is a great form of exercise. It can also provide companionship to prevent depression due to loneliness. One study, according to an article on webmd.com, suggests that sex may even help prevent colds. Go figure. Who would’ve thought that? It has to do with an antibody that is linked with sex. I’ll be you also didn’t think about sex as a way to lower your cholesterol, did you? It’s one of the great advantages to the cardiovascular exercise that comes along with great sex. Even the hormone that promotes sexual excitement and arousal has been linked with helping to improve better cognition.

Ah, yes, next time you’re in the mood, don’t hold back! Especially don’t hold back if you are among the aging baby boomer population because you never know—it might just help you live longer life. It certainly will guarantee that you have a better quality of life. You’ve got nothing to lose and quite a lot to gain. Don’t believe us at Boomer Yearbook? Give it a try and see for yourself.

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Dove Campaign Showing 50 + Women Goes off Air

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Ageism as a possible type of discrimination in ending "Dove's 50 +" Women's advertising

By Boomeryearbook.com

We are all consumers. Whether we want to it admit it or not we are perpetuating, in one way or another, the monster industries out there. Once in a while though there comes along a company, or an advertisement campaign, or a certain angle that a company will take that you admire. Dove’s recent pro-age campaign is admirable. While it has come under a lot of criticism for objectifying women, even though they’re above 50, you have to admit that the campaign was such a breather from everything else out there. Of course the motive behind companies is to make a profit. Dove’s pro-age campaign for women above 50 cites many reasons for their drive for “real beauty”, all of which you can see on their website. Their advertisements have been banned in the U.S. for- hold your breath- showing too much skin. Women are shown au natural in strategic poses showing off their ‘normalcy’.

In 2006, Dove started the “Dove Self Esteem Fund” whose purpose was to be an “agent of change” to help expand the definition of beauty. Dove’s drive to manufacture “pro-age” products as an answer to the growing array of anti-aging ranges out there was a master stroke. Yes, they do all want the same thing, i.e. to have you buy the product. But the small degree of reality that Dove brought to its commercials was a breather. Yes, you can argue that Unilever, Dove’s parent company, produces a wide selection of products that actually go against Dove’s purported aims of trying to promote natural beauty. While that may be true, what Boomer Yearbook wants to talk about in this psychological article the advertisement and why it was taken off air?

The commercial (which can be seen anywhere on the internet, including Dove’s

Feminists argue that the use of female nudity is a type of discrimination and shouldn’t be allowed to sell any product, no matter what the motives behind the product are. As psychological articles have said over and over, sex sells advertising, it’s all a game and the game is to make money. We at Boomer Yearbook gave Dove credit for coming up with a wonderful demonstration of real baby boomer women. As far as ads go, the baby boomer women we asked thought it was a great ad; and we think pulling it off the air was done as an ageist type of discrimination against showing non air brushed, non young, but very real and appealing baby boomer women. If boards know what is best for women and children then the first ads to go should be the countless others out there blatantly objectifying women and not Dove’s elegant classy advertisements.

We at Boomer Yearbook are hurt and offended that Dove has pulled these ads. We’d love to hear what you think.

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Sex Dreams: Sometimes a Cigar is Just a Cigar

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Sex Dreams

Sex Dreams

By Boomeryearbook.com

Sex dreams can be common for both men and women although they are generally not discussed and considered a taboo topic. It is strange that it should be so today, considering how sex is so prevalent in today’s society. We see it everywhere from television to bill board ads and even in song lyrics. Yet, we rarely discuss the subject matter as it relates to dreams. Perhaps it is less embarrassing to watch someone else’s sexual fantasy on television or listen to someone else talk about them than to actually do so ourselves.

Whether you talk about your sex dreams or not, there is nothing to be embarrassed about. Like all other dreams, it is simply the unconscious mind working its many wonders as we sleep. The famous psychologist, Sigmund Freud, believed that people had sexual dreams because of repressed sexual desires and emotions. Of course, in his time, sex was very much a taboo topic. It was never discussed or displayed the way that it is today.

However, I suppose that it is possible that one could experience a sex dream because of repressed desires and emotions. Especially for the elderly and the baby boomers generation that did not grow up speaking as freely about sex. A dream could be about a particular sexual fantasy or about a particular person. A lot of times if a person has something (or in this case, someone) on the mind it will manifest itself in a dream. You may not even be thinking about that person in a sexual manner. Yet, the dream may bring to light some hidden or unwanted romantic feelings you may be feeling towards a person.

Even with all of the Freudian type theories, psychological articles inform us that it is also entirely possible that your sex dream meant absolutely nothing–nothing sexual anyhow. It could be that you are dreaming about a particular person from your past. This doesn’t mean that your marriage is in trouble or that you have feelings for someone else. It could just symbolize a particular time in your life. Maybe at that point you had adventure in your life or particular freedoms of the past. Perhaps it reminds you of a time in your life when you were not tied down with so many responsibilities.

Just remember when you have a dream of a sexual nature; it is nothing to be ashamed of or to be alarmed about. You should not immediately interpret the dream as something negative. Dreams often leave us puzzled and confused. We want to search for answers as to why we would dream a particular dream, especially if it is an embarrassing dream or something we think we should feel guilty about. Yet, we cannot control what our unconscious mind may be trying to accomplish. So do not over-think the situation and remember—it’s only a dream, or as Freud would say, “Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar”.

We at Boomer Yearbook agree with Freud. What do you think?

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Flying Dreams

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Dreams of Flying

Dreams of Flying

By Boomeryearbook.com

Some psychological articles say that dreams are the brain’s way of getting rid of useless information that we’ve collected throughout the day; while other psychological articles propound alternate theories. Either way, while, we may not remember our nightly dreams, we do indeed dream. And one very common dream in childhood, and typically less common but nonetheless apparent in adult dreams, is dreams of flying. But while some flying dreams can be intensely pleasurable, other flying dreams can be terrifying.

If you remember any of your dreams of flying, you will also remember that you knew in the dream that you were dreaming. How cool is that? As we’ve discussed in other psychological articles in Boomer Yearbook, (check out our forums on Courtz Dream Web: The Place to Untangle the Meaning of Your Dreams) this kind of dreaming, when you are aware that you’re dreaming, is called lucid dreaming.

Ok, so there are good dreams and bad dreams where flying is concerned. Many psychological articles report that the majority of flying dreams are of the scary, bad kind. One common reason put forward in psychological articles is that the dreamer can’t seem to get a good start, and “loses height” and hits the ground. The psychological articles and research propound that having difficulties staying in flight might be reflective of ones inability to control their circumstances in waking life. Other dreamers may manage to stay in flight but encounter hindrances like trees or mountains. In such cases it might be very beneficial to examine the “blocks” or hindrances in your waking life that are preventing you from moving forward. In other troubling flying dreams, the dreamer realizes that he/she has no control over the flight pattern; which can be really terrifying. When these dreams occur, it will serve the dreamer well to record the dream and try to pinpoint and evaluate what waking life circumstances make you feel like you are “spinning out of control”. Unsuccessful flying can range from being mildly frustrating to full out terrifying. What psychological articles advise is that you keep a “daily residue” (in your dream diary, record a few paragraphs of the day’s events before you go to sleep) and in re-evaluating your dreams, concentrate on how you are responding and dealing with the waking problems you have recorded in the day residue part of your dream diary. Then, do some honest soul searching and revisit how you are (or aren’t) managing problems in your everyday life, paying special attention to block and hindrances that are keeping your from your goals.

Easy and comfortable dream flying can be exhilarating. You’ll feel uplifted and thrilled. You might be on top of your game and that’s what is being mirrored in your dreams. Funnily, the time of day or night in your dream can determine the mood of the dream. Dreams where there are sunny skies and you can see the landscape might bode that you have good perspective on some issues. And then there are dreams of flying wherein you are escaping a situation by elevating yourself above and looking down on the turmoil below; a common escape fantasy type of dream often reported by younger children. And then there are flying dreams that are connected with sex… Ah but that’s for another article.

Sometimes you might not remember the dream itself, but you remember the joy you felt while flying. Sometimes, in truly lucid dreams, you can control the flying and change course because you know you’re dreaming. Interpreting flying dreams isn’t hard, but like all dreams, the meaning is subjective to the individual dreamer; and the dreamer needs to consider whether the dream left them in an emotional state wherein they felt happy or scared, or frustrated. And then there are hundreds of psychological articles that give “universal” ways to interpret some dream phenomena. For example, flying with wings relates you to birds and you probably have clear vision. Flying freely with total control indicates your free spirit. Flying low to the ground, or by peddling or flapping your arms (yes, people sometimes fly like that in their dreams!) may be indicative of your strong resolve and hard working nature. Dreams, while many may not give much weight to them, if remembered and analyzed, can have profound effects on mood and behavior.

At Boomer Yearbook we think dreams can be incredibly useful for self discovery. What do you think?

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A Psychological Analysis of Archie Comic Book Characters

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

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Why We Love to Love Archie and Betty &
Love to Hate Reggie and Veronica

By Boomeryearbook.com

Archie Comics … there’s so much you could write about them but you can’t say all that much in about five hundred words .. So let’s consider this blog as just a starting point. Jughead, Betty, Veronica, Reggie and of course Archie are unforgettable. Even if you weren’t an avid reader (I have serious doubts anyone of us from the baby boomer generation can claim that) I’m sure you know the characters; they’ve become household names. Archie made his debut in December 1941, as a character in Pep Comics #22 and he and his original buddies, with a few additions, are still in print today. The triad of initial creative and business genius behind the Archie Comics was Vic Bloom- writer, Bob Montana- art design, and John. L. Goldwater- editor and publisher.

While the comics lack a strong plot or intricate story line, what made (and continues to make) them a hit were the fictional, but psychologically genuine, characters.

Archibald “Archie” Andrews is a red headed teenage boy from a middle class family who’s obsessed with girls. (i.e., in the boomer years we referred to this as ‘dating”). He’s a bit awkward and pretty accident prone. (Baby boomer parents may have found him reminiscent of the film character, Andy Hardy played by Mickey Rooney).

Betty, Elizabeth Cooper, is the boomer version of the all American cheerleader or girl next door. Betty is sweet, open hearted, good at school and athletics, and in her spare time, doesn’t mind getting dirty by doing mechanical work on a car. She’s indeed the all rounder.

Ronnie, Veronica Lodge, the dark haired rich elitist beauty, is Betty’s best friend and along with Betty, a contender for Archie’s affections. She’s considered a raven haired knockout when compared to Betty’s blonde sweet wholesome looks, but actually Bob Montana drew Betty and Veronica with identical face and figures; their only difference is hair color and clothing. Now who said that blondes have more fun? Not typically in Archie comics as Ronnie and her huge wardrobe usually had the upper hand over Betty in winning Archie’s attention.

Jughead, Forsythe Pendleton Jones III, is Archie’s best friend, known for his jaded sense of humor, and enormously large appetite. Jughead is smart, stick skinny and not interested in girls; he reminds most of us of some boomer guy we knew who used sarcasm as a way to cover up his ill ease, awkward teenage stage.

And Reggie, Reginald Mantle III, is the privileged rich, snobby, arrogant male conter to Archie’s adolescent naivety. Reggie is on the high school tennis team, (considered an elitist sport in 1941) and is fond of flaunting his upper crust athletic prowess in Archie’s clumsy adolescent face.

Archie and his friends grow up in the “fictional’ town of Riverdale, (probably fashioned after the real Riverdale (Bronx, New York) where Goldwater attended Horace Mann High School.
The real Riverdale, NY is indeed a middle class American community, but Horace Mann high school, located in Riverdale, is anything but an average middle class institution. Over the past years, the Wall Street Journal has consistently ranked Horace Mann as the seventh best high school in the United States as measured by student admission rates to exclusive colleges such as Harvard, Yale, and Princton. Admission to Horace Mann is highly selective and Horace Mann’s Boys Varsity Tennis team is noted for it’s excellence and has won many New York City Mayor’s Cup Team Competitions. As Reggie would say, “Tennis anyone?” Well probably not Archie.

Archie is the embodiment of a classic small town 17-year-old teenager attending a Middle American public high school. He’s portrayed throughout as affable, generous and well mannered. He’s perpetually in pursuit of Betty and Veronica and can’t seem to decide which one to date. Archie’s the lead singer of his band and an average athlete. So what’s Archie’s appeal? Simple. He is representativative of many baby boomer teenagers, an all around average teenage guy.

Ronnie is the daughter of the richest man in Riverdale. She gets her first name from the actress Veronica Lake and her last name from the Lodges, a prominant 1940’s Boston political family. She’s seen as busty, (i.e., “stacked”) black haired, beautiful and slender. Numerous psychological articles have informed us that eyebrows have been raised at the way girls have been portrayed in the comics. Veronica represents a certain type of sex appeal, though this isn’t as evident in the comic since sexual stereotyping can easily be passed off as a certain naivety or teenage wit. She’s rich, and doesn’t have to work hard for anything. At a time when the baby boomer generation was in its teens, she became the fancy of many girls who dreamed of a lifestyle like hers; and certainly coveted her wardrobe.

However, Betty Cooper, the sporty cheerleader, was many a teenage baby boomer women’s favorite. Her middle class upbringing and the fact that she actually is Archie’s neighbor makes her the quintessential girl next door. She plays the tambourine in Archie’s band and is fond of writing and keeping a journal. Betty’s the one you’ll find no reason not to love. She’s smart, works hard, and she’s got a great heart.

Jughead Jones as the lanky, tall, hamburger loving best friend is a bit of an oddity and non-conformist; but he is really smart. A fast runner, Jughead hones his skills trying to be the first in line for food. But this brainiac, (possibly modeled after the many brainiacs at Horace Mann high school) often surprises snobby Reggie and Veronica with what he knows about Shakespeare, history, sports and science.

In doing a psychological analysis of the characters it is impossible to overlook the strong division between the wealthy and middle class and the paradox that existed in the baby boomers generation society regarding sexual stereotyping. Archie is shown as a teenage boy who is constantly battling between going for the rich, beautiful Ronnie who has material success, and Betty, who is sweet, intelligent, good humored, low maintenance, and what many baby boomers parents would have considered “marriage material”.

While most baby boomers were great fans of Archie and his friends, many psychological articles have pointed out that the characters hid their stereotyped motives behind forced wit and juvenile behavior. But just because it lacked overt sex and violence it doesn’t mean that the baby boomer generation were fooled by the characters deep desires. Nope, we got it. We loved to love Archie and Betty because so many of us identified with their middle class status and need to struggle to succeed in an unfairly balanced world. And we loved to hate Ronnie and Reggie because many of us were jealous that they did not have to work hard and so many life advantages were handed over to them just because they were born rich.

And then there were the times when the baby boomer generation may have mistakenly been accused of viewing the characters as too shallow and only linearly developed. But wrong again. We baby boomers got that in Archie Comics, the male led the way and acted as the “deciders” and the women were supposed to be the “passive” objects of these decisions, or cat fighting against each other to vie for the boy’s attention.

Ah, and there it is. The seemingly simple Archie Comics are the psychologically sophisticated embodiment of the baby boomers generation class and gender warfare.

Or at least that’s how we see it at Boomer Yearbook. What do you think?

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