Sexual Revolution Reconsidered

Archive Report

Tracking the Trends

Comeback for Marriage and Family

A funny thing happened to the baby-boom generation on its march to sexual liberation. With its vanguard now nearing mid-life, this trend-setting generation appears to be dropping out of the revolution it once led.1 Some say the sexual revolution is over. Time magazine's much discussed “Sex in the '80s” cover story this year read like an obituary for one-night stands and swinging lifestyles. Courtship, marriage and family have staged a comeback, the magazine declared. NBC-TV followed suit with “Second Thoughts on Being Single,” a one-hour documentary that reported many formerly sexually active women have become “born again prudes.”2 “We're witnessing one of those pendulum swings that periodically occurs on the American scene; this time it's a swing toward ...

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