-thoughts from a real girl…
Since the early 1900s, people’s thoughts about sex and sexuality have changed a lot. Opinions on pre-marital sex, abortion, birth control, homosexuality, casual sex, and sex education have changed significantly.
- Pre-marital virginity was preferred in most relationships
- Parents had much control over relationships of their children, especially for daughters
- Sexual experimentation of any kind was forbidden and was thought of as inappropriate
- Homosexual behavior was not tolerated which led to many people hiding their sexuality for a significant portion of their life, if not all
Sexual Revolution (1960s-1980s):
- Often referred to as the point in history where there was a profound shift in values of sex and sexuality
- “Free love movement”
- This phenomenon is believed to have originated from San Francisco.
- Encouraged openness about sex and love
- Hippies are popular for their support in this movement
- College campuses began to allow co-ed dormitories
- The number of people who chose to have sex before marriage increased dramatically
- This period challenged societal norms in sexuality, women’s rights, and African American rights
- Birth control pill went on the market in 1960
- Hook-up culture is prevalent especially among younger generations (Millennials)
- People have become much more accepting of pre-marital sex
- Same-sex marriage is now legalized in the United States after a Supreme Court ruling
- The number of sexual partners has increased for males and females
- Sex is certainly not as taboo as it once was
- Abstinence is still the primary pregnancy prevention method taught in most public schools
The topic of sex and sexuality has transformed from taboo to a rite of passage in a person’s development. Although the United States still has a ways to go in terms of progress, great strides have been made in the last 100 years.