Did the women of Rolling Stone consent to the goings-on at what today would be regarded as an illegal den of workplace harassment? They appeared to. Photographer Annie Leibovitz, who made her name at Rolling Stoneroutinely slept with her subjects and was rumored to have had threesomes with the Wenners.
The Decade of Decadence was born. Watching a porn film at the local theater, flipping through a sex advice manual in line at the grocery store, dancing the hustle at a glittery discotheque—all were markers of sexual sophistication. In part facilitated by the development of the birth-control pill and other contraceptives, Americans in the s broke many sexual taboos.
The sexual revolutionalso known as a time of sexual liberationwas a social movement that challenged traditional codes of behavior related to sexuality and interpersonal relationships throughout the United States and subsequently, the wider world, from the s to the s. Several other periods in Western culture have been called the "first sexual revolution", to which the s revolution would be the second or later. The term "sexual revolution" itself has been used since at least the late s.
The s were the height of personal liberation. Powered by a profound desire for pleasure, self-expression, and the need to connect, sexuality became an open space for men and women free from the heavy-handed social control of the s — and the results were amazing. Everyone was encouraged to let it all hang out. Performers and patrons alike led decadent lives of pure, unadulterated fun.
The MeToo movement exposed more than the prevalence of sexual harassment in America: A rift is widening between those who lived through the sexual revolution of the s and early s — particularly baby boomers — and generations X, Y and Z, who came of age later. The boomers and the so-called "laters" are out of sync. Their clashing values and expectations surrounding sexual expression are creating conditions for a cultural shakeup not seen in half a century.
They also began to question traditional sexual roles. At the core of the sexual revolution was the concept -- radical at the time -- that women, just like men, enjoyed sex and had sexual needs. Feminists asserted that single women had the same sexual desires and should have the same sexual freedoms as everyone else in society.
It was Januaryand America was on the brink of cultural upheaval. In less than a month, the Beatles would land at JFK for the first time, providing an outlet for the hormonal enthusiasms of teenage girls everywhere. The previous spring, Betty Friedan had published The Feminine Mystiquegiving voice to the languor of middle-class housewives and kick-starting second-wave feminism in the process.
Verified by Psychology Today. Love Without Limits. What kind of revolution took place when its primary function may have been opening up new markets for sexual merchandise?
American families changed a lot starting in the s and s. Two years stand out in particular:when the birth-control pill entered the market, andwhen the Supreme Court decided Roe v. Hat tip to Tyler Cowen ; free draft of the paper here.