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Important Historical Events that Influenced Sexuality Today
Transcript of Important Historical Events that Influenced Sexuality Today
The First Nationwide Appearance of
Elvis Presley influenced sexuality. Although, his first nationwide appearance was considered obscene by many (Greenberg, Bruess & Oswalt, 2013). Elvis' moves, lyrics, and delivery eventually caught on, and many Americans felt they were able to freely express themselves both physically and sexually.
The Debut of the
When the bikini first made its debut, people were shocked by the revealing garment. Its popularity quickly grew as Hollywood sex symbols, such as Marilyn Monroe sported the two piece swimsuit.
The Introduction of
Playboy was introduced at a time when America was experiencing a sexual revolution. Marilyn Monroe was the iconic sex symbol who graced the cover of the first magazine.
The magazine's founder, Hugh Hefner, described his playboy models as symbols of disobedience, triumphs of sexuality, and an end to Puritanism (Conklin, 2016).
The Woodstock Festival has become an icon for the 1960s free love movement. The festival is known for sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll.
The festival-goers were classified as hippies and promoted sexual freedom.
The Promotion of Reliable
Reliable contraceptives such as the pill made possible the sexual revolution of the 1960s. The creation of this new contraceptive allowed women to take their sexuality in their own hands (Cohen, 2012).
Gay Rights Movement
1924 - Current
The Society for Human Rights was the first gay rights organization and was founded in 1924. Throughout the many decades between then and now, gay rights activists have attempted to change the public perception of homosexuality.
In 1962, the State of Illinois became the first state to decriminalize homosexuality.
In 2011, the Obama Administration announced that it would no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act, which bans the recognition of same-sex marriage (Timeline, n.d).
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Timeline: Milestones in the American Gay Rights Movement. (n.d.). Retrieved May 07, 2016, from http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/timeline/stonewall/
The internet has allowed individuals to put sexuality at their fingertips. The easy access to pornography and online dating sites has enabled many individuals to become more comfortable with their sexuality.