January 8, 2014 |
Pornography became a chic topic this summer with the release of Lovelace , a biopic starring the brilliant young actress Amanda Seyfried as hard-core porn actress Linda Lovelace, who shot to fame in 1972's Deep Throat . Lovelace's film was so popular at the time that mainstream threaters did the unthinkable and began screening it. For good or ill, pornography was inextricably tied to the reshaping of America's sexual mores during the...
March 10, 2013
Sally Friedman is a freelance writer in Moorestown I used to feel so angry. If only I'd been born a few years later, I'd fume, I would have enjoyed the spoils of the women's movement and the sexual revolution. I could even have been a better athlete - but there was no Title IX back then. And I'd probably have become a more confident and comfortable woman. The "mights" went on for a while, but then the anger vanished. I am as happy and fulfilled in my 70s as I could ever have imagined.
August 15, 2012
THE DEATH of Helen Gurley Brown is prompting many to hail her as one of the high-ranking officials of the sexual revolution, who, as far back as 1962, encouraged women to be sexy, smart and successful. Brown was quoted as saying that her goal in editing Cosmopolitan magazine, which she did for more than 30 years, was to show women "how to get everything out of life - money, recognition, success, men, prestige, authority, dignity - whatever she is looking at through the glass her nose is pressed against.
October 22, 2010
By Jonathan Zimmerman 'Hey, don't knock masturbation," Woody Allen tells his girlfriend in Annie Hall . "It's sex with someone I love. " If that makes you laugh, join the crowd. Masturbation remains one of the last real taboos in America, even among people who pride themselves on their sexual frankness and sophistication. It's sex with someone we love - ourselves - and there's something that still scares us about that. Consider Christine O'Donnell, the Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Delaware.
September 11, 2010 |
A FEW OF the men from my church joined me earlier this summer for a trip to Independence Hall. One man had never been inside over the course of his 62 years. It was a delightful day of fellowship and history. The men who convened at Independence Hall in 1776 and again in 1787 were brilliant intellects who conceived both independence and a democratic republic. But the ideas that were conceived in their minds had long been fermenting in their hearts. They loved the concept and practice of liberty.
July 4, 2010
Sally Schwartz Friedman is a freelance writer from Moorestown On the day I finally stopped waffling and sent in my check for my 50th reunion at the University of Pennsylvania, I felt something akin to panic, not soaring elation. My memories of Penn - and of myself - were formed during the 1950s, the crushing era when America liked Ike, and when caution and conformity were our twin gods. They called us "the Silent Generation" for a reason. I accepted without question that I could not wear pants to class, write for Penn's daily newspaper, nor could I enter the best room in the student union, the one with the grand piano and Oriental rugs, which was for men only.
March 8, 2006 |
If somebody asked me to pinpoint the moment when I began learning about life from my daughters, I probably couldn't do it. But I can tell you with certainty that something quite unsettling has been going on in this chapter of my life. Increasingly, I find myself turning to my three adult daughters for insight, ideas and, yes, advice. Of course, I attempt casualness when it happens, as if I'm simply "grazing" around in their collective wisdom. I pose seemingly hypothetical questions, then listen to their responses more keenly than I like to admit.
September 7, 2005 |
Summer of '65, New York. Offices of Cosmopolitan, a stodgy intellectual magazine seemingly headed for oblivion but for a historic makeover that would soon be heard in bedrooms 'round the world. For her first cover, newly appointed editor Helen Gurley Brown, 43, wanted gorgeous. "Sensationally beautiful," Brown recalled. But not the imperious fashion-model look. More inviting. And then there was another issue. "Immediately, I thought about cleavage," Brown said in a recent interview.
July 13, 2004
SO JENNIFER Lopez has gotten married. Again. She seems to be moving that famous booty out of the matrimonial minor leagues and into that rarified class reserved for the likes of Elizabeth Taylor, Mickey Rooney and Bluebeard. Say what you will, this is a passionate woman who leads with her heart, and inspires an obsessive interest in mere mortals. She is the pied-piper of the supermarket checkout line, and we are, despite ourselves, voyeuristic vermin. Well, perhaps not all of us. I view La Lopez with a somewhat jaundiced eye, admiring her chutzpah, but remaining relatively indifferent to her professional achievemements.
December 11, 2003 |
Communist China is experiencing a sexual revolution, and Beijing is not happy about it. Sexologist Li Yinhe believes that while less than two decades ago only 16 percent of Chinese engaged in premarital sex, today at least 60 percent do. One-night stands, urban bar scenes, and Internet discussions of sex now are common among young people. No mystery why the communist authorities are chagrined. In the Red China of old, public displays of affection - even handholding - were banned, and open romantic relationships could get you fired or worse.