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July 4, 1989 | By HUBERT J. O'GORMAN
As we all know, the rules of American sexual conduct became increasingly more liberal after World War II. This trend continued at what was thought to be an accelerating rate. By the end of the 1960s and into the 1970s it was commonly assumed that sexual morality had been radically transformed. While that perceived change was applauded by some, others deplored it as a dangerous sign of moral decay. Either way, very few doubted that the United States had gone through a sexual revolution.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 17, 1989 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Staff Writer
At the end of Heavy Petting, Obie Benz's lighthearted, lightweight documentary about sexual attitudes in the uptight Ike era, the film's Reds- style witnesses are pictured alongside their '50s and '60s high school mug shots. People recount their addled adolescent experiences - comedian Sandra Bernhard, performance artists Laurie Anderson and Ann Magnuson , writers Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs, monologuist Spalding Gray and assorted musicians, artists, filmmakers and just-plain-regular folks.
NEWS
March 20, 1999 | By William R. Mattox Jr
When the Academy Awards are presented tomorrow, Adam Sandler's The Wedding Singer won't be among the award winners. But if there were an award for the Most Culturally Significant Film of 1998, The Wedding Singer would merit consideration. For when it comes to premarital sex (or the lack thereof), The Wedding Singer represents a striking departure from other youth-oriented films over the last 25 years (including Animal House, Saturday Night Fever, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Risky Business, Wayne's World and many others)
NEWS
August 24, 1998 | By Star Parker
As the growing chorus of bipartisan voices is making quite clear, President Clinton has lost the moral authority to lead. The two-year anniversary of welfare reform, which is now upon us, should make this fact crystal clear. That's right: welfare reform. Sexual promiscuity is the unaddressed underside of welfare that could minimize the effectiveness of the 1996 law. Government legislation can go only so far in cleaning up the horrible mess created by 30 years of the welfare state.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 8, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
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...
NEWS
November 15, 1997 | By LEONARD PITTS JR
'Are you still a virgin?" I posed the question a few days ago to a teenager of my acquaintance. The kid made the face of someone about to confess a sin and replied, "Yes. Please don't tell anybody. " I found the attitude and the answer troubling. Granted, teenagers - especially boys - have never found virginity an easy cross to bear. But . . . "please don't tell anybody"? Isn't that something you say when you're confessing shameful behavior? Wasn't there once a time when a kid could admit to chastity without feeling as though it were a character defect?
NEWS
September 15, 1992
THE 1950S WERE A HISTORICAL ABERRATION The 1960s generation did not invent premarital and out-of-wedlock sex. Indeed, the strait-laced sexual morality of 19th-century Anglo-American societies, partly revived in the 1950s, seems to have been a historical and cultural aberration . . . America's Founding Fathers were not always married: In Concord, Mass., a bastion of Puritan tradition, one-third of all children born during the 20 years prior to the American Revolution were conceived out of wedlock; during the 1780s and 1790s, one-third of the brides in rural New England were pregnant at marriage.
NEWS
February 28, 1990 | BY LARRY MCMULLEN
What you can tell from the latest sexual survey that shows the average American adult is doing it only once a week is that the people who were polled decided to tell the truth this time. Everybody in America always did it only once a week. Except for Lenny. Lenny was never polled himself, like the guy quoted in Time about seven years ago when the magazine declared the Sexual Revolution was over. This guy said he had slept with about two dozen women in the first couple of months after his divorce and that he was getting tired and thinking of slowing down.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
December 23, 1987 | By Sidney Callahan
Gary Hart still doesn't get the point; he doesn't seem to understand that older attitudes toward sex are as long gone as the thousand days and nights of John F. Kennedy's term. Hart's attempt at a rerun will at least serve to convince other once-and-future candidates that private sexual behavior is going to be an inescapable public issue. Sex, along with money, drugs and health, has moved from the private to the public sphere. Is this sea shift due solely to some resurgent American puritanism, aided and abetted by the AIDS epidemic?
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 8, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
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...
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
September 11, 2010 | By REV. BRADLEY E. LACEY
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
March 8, 2006 | By Sally Friedman
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.
NEWS
September 7, 2005 | By Amy S. Rosenberg INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
December 11, 2003 | By Edward Hudgins
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.
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