Here’s a mandatory school assembly at Beverly Hills HS in 1968 with Lou Reed of the Velvet Underground (far right) and student council president Mickey Kaus (far left) discussing Today’s Youth with the school psychoanalyst and school music teacher. Mickey seems more galvanized by the topic than does Lou.
This yearbook photo is a good illustration of Tom Wolfe’s recurrent theme that the 1960s saw a revolution in how American men crossed their legs. The two older men have one knee tightly crossed over the other in the polite, don’t-take-up-much-room fashion of mid-Century America, while the Sixties People, Lou (b. 1942) and especially Mickey (b. 1951), have their legs akimbo, as Wolfe would say, e.g., from Bonfire of the Vanities:
Both Andriutti and Caughey were sitting with their legs crossed in the same fashion. The left ankle was resting on top of the right knee, as if they were such studs, they couldn’t have crossed their legs any farther if they had wanted to. This was the accepted sitting posture of Homicide, the most manly of the six bureaus of the District Attorney’s Office. … Kramer looked at Andriutti and Caughey, sitting there with their mighty thighs akimbo.
Nowadays, of course, either crossing the leg with the ankle on the knee or not crossing them in the same configuration is known as Manspreading. But it’s little remembered that this was a product of the self-liberation movements of the 1960s.