Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

A New Age Trip into Sex in the Seventies

Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

A New Age Trip into Sex in the Seventies

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A New Age Trip into Sex in the Seventies Judy Kutulas. After Aquarius Dawned: How the Revolutions of the Sixties Became the Popular Culture of the Seventies. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, April 17, 2017. ISBN: 978-1-4696-3291-9. $29.95. 274pp. 6.125X9.25". 17 illustrations.

This book is named after the Age of Aquarius, a New Age concept that according to the Zodiac, the Age of Aquarius (the constellation and symbol) began around the 1960s. It was used by the hippies as a rallying cry for change to match the transition into a new astrological period. The subtitle explains that while only a minority of radicals were rebelling for change in the 1960s, the 1970s saw the popularization of the movements for change that these radicals previously started.

The cultural shift happened when sexual liberation, gender equality and family and work dimensions for both genders changed gradually with the help of popular film, television and music.

I taught cultural studies this past year at UTRGV, and upon close examination of American media from the 60s onwards, I do not believe that media has portrayed images of women that truly benefit women's rights. The notion that sexual "freedom" means more nudity and sexual exploitation of women on the screen subverts the true goals of feminism: equality of the sexes. Perhaps some women want sexual equality... but do women really want to sleep around with men at the risk of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases? I believe women really would prefer a good job that pays an equal wage to men's. …

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