Facts about Sexual Freedom

September 1968
Education Digest;Sep1968, Vol. 34 Issue 1, p12
This article presents information on sex education in the United States. Although some people doubtless find the language and tenor of some discussions repugnant or in bad taste, sex as a discussable subject has come out of the bull session into the public domain. The first sexual freedom, then, is freedom to talk, and it is being exercised freely, not only by adults but by adolescents and the mass media. But the change in attitude goes far deeper than tolerance or even advocacy and sponsorship of frank talk and open discussion. There are in process changes in the concept of sex, the standards for sex behavior, and to some degree in sex behavior itself. Sex educators now talk about human sexuality--the whole gamut of being males and females in any kind of relationship-rather than sex. The view of sex as an undesirable human necessity has by no means disappeared, however. It may still be prevalent among tradition-oriented, blue-collar families, leading to very strict control of their daughters, sometimes with unhappy consequences.


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