I t was January , and 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 Mystique , giving voice to the languor of middle-class housewives and kick-starting second-wave feminism in the process. In much of the country, the Pill was still only available to married women, but it had nonetheless become a symbol of a new, freewheeling sexuality. And in the offices of TIME, at least one writer was none too happy about it.
Sexual revolution in s United States - Wikipedia
I am single, and therefore I spend a lot of time thinking about sex, which is very different than it was 40 years ago when I was in my 20s and spent a lot of time having sex. No thank you, Gallant Gent, I have to organize my sock drawer, which will certainly take an hour, and by that time you will have given three women herpes, the worst sexually transmitted disease Greenwich Village has ever known, may science soon find a cure. The women friends I talk to about this sexual drought say it is because we are in our 60s and men our age are interested only in women in their 40s, but my theory is that it has to do with work. I think men in their 60s have no energy for sex because they are putting everything they have into holding on to their jobs; they are clinging to the ledge as some middle manager jumps up and down on their fingers and they are tired. Or else they are dead. This is a particularly disheartening development of finding yourself in Boomerville.
Sexual revolution in 1960s United States
Marcia Goldstein, the publicity director of Planned Parenthood, shows a sign advertising birth control that would soon be displayed on New York buses, on Dec. The s were a turning point for sexuality in the West. What became known as the sexual revolution was spurred by the approval of the Pill in the US and motivated by a newfound energy behind feminist and civil rights movements.
The sexual revolution , also known as a time of sexual liberation , was 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. When speaking of the sexual revolution, historians  make a distinction between the first and the second sexual revolution.