Synopses & Reviews
When Helen Gurley Brown's Sex and the Single Girl hit bookstores in 1962, the sexual revolution was launched and there was no turning back. Soon came the pill, the end of censorship, the advent of feminism, and the rise of commercial pornography. Our daily lives changed in an unprecedented time of sexual openness and experimentation.
Make Love, Not War is the first serious treatment of the complicated events, ideas, and personalities that drove the sexual revolution forward. Based on first-hand accounts, diaries, interviews, and period research, it traces changes in private lives and public discourse from the fearful fifties to the first tremors of rebellion in the early sixties to the heady heyday of the revolution.
Bringing a fresh perspective to the turbulence of these decades, David Allyn argues that the sexual revolutionaries of the '60s and '70s, by telling the truth about their own histories and desires, forced all Americans to re-examine the very meaning of freedom.
Written with a historian's attention to nuance and a novelist's narrative drive, Make Love, Not War is a provocative, vivid, and thoughtful account of one of the most captivating episodes in American history. Also includes an 8-page insert.
First published in 2001. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
The first full-scale history of how the Sexual Revolution changed life in America forever, this book is based on interviews with the major figures of the period, from feminist icons to porn kings. But it is based equally on firsthand accounts from ordinary men and women who changed their private lives, and believed those changes would help make ours a better, more open society.
Covering the growing acceptance of pornography, feminism, the role of religion in supporting and later condemning the Revolution, the popularity of partner swapping and alternative sex scenes, the legal battles for sexual freedom, and the movement's intellectual underpinnings, this is the kind of entertaining social history that anyone fascinated by sex or history will savor.
-- It provides a "Who's Who of the Sexual Revolution", with interviews with such icons as Steinem, Hefner, and Talese.
-- Accounts of spouse swapping, open marriages, and orgies bring this history to life.
-- It emphasizes the stories of gays and lesbians, which are often excluded from discussions of this period.
-- People are fascinated by sex and the seventies: Boogie Nights, The Ice Storm, even the cult of Austin Powers.
Based on first-hand accounts, diaries, interviews, and period research, the author traces the changes in private lives and public discourse from the fearful 1950s to the first tremors of rebellion in the early 1960s to the heady heyday of the sexual revolution in the 1970s. photo insert.