Were the fruits of the sexual revolution good or bad?

Nov 2014
169
ph
#1
Were the fruits of the sexual revolution of the 60s good or bad on Western society as a whole, has the loosening of sexual mores compared to the 50s resulted in negative consequences in terms of single parent hood and higher divorce rates? Is shift to a hookup culture Vs. long term monogamous relationships and minimizing the number of sexual partners before marriage good or bad for Western society?
 
Mar 2018
211
UK
#3
Reads like a shockingly biased source. Most of the stats given can be dismissed out of hand. For example, STI rates might look like they've gone up, but only because they are more widely diagnosed and people are less ashamed of admitting to it.


People having sex that they enjoy is a good thing. A reduction in the pressure for unhappy couples to remain together for 50 years is a good thing. Men have always had reasonable amount of sexual liberty, it was women who had to remain chase. Therefore, men clearly thought some extent of promiscuity was good for them. The main thing that's changed is women get to enjoy the same rights as well. But the best thing about the sexual revolution is it is optional. If you don't like it, don't do it.

This should make it abundantly clear that, in terms of the individual, the sexual revolution can only be a good thing. If you want to look only at the collective (ie, society) then you first have to define what makes a society 'good' or 'bad', outside of what is good or bad for the sum of the individuals that constitute it.
 

Linschoten

Ad Honoris
Aug 2010
14,344
Wessex
#4
Very mixed consequences in my view; one would have to be wilfully blind not to recognize that many have been bad, especially with regard to the providing of a stable basis for the rearing of children. The bad consequences have been fewer among better educated and more prosperous people. One of the most disagreeable consequences is the sheer grossness and meretricious vulgarity of many features of popular culture in the West.
 

holoow

Ad Honorem
Jun 2012
3,626
Vilnius, Lithuania
#5
Reads like a shockingly biased source. Most of the stats given can be dismissed out of hand. For example, STI rates might look like they've gone up, but only because they are more widely diagnosed and people are less ashamed of admitting to it.


People having sex that they enjoy is a good thing. A reduction in the pressure for unhappy couples to remain together for 50 years is a good thing. Men have always had reasonable amount of sexual liberty, it was women who had to remain chase. Therefore, men clearly thought some extent of promiscuity was good for them. The main thing that's changed is women get to enjoy the same rights as well. But the best thing about the sexual revolution is it is optional. If you don't like it, don't do it.

This should make it abundantly clear that, in terms of the individual, the sexual revolution can only be a good thing. If you want to look only at the collective (ie, society) then you first have to define what makes a society 'good' or 'bad', outside of what is good or bad for the sum of the individuals that constitute it.
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4088888-hooked
 

sparky

Ad Honorem
Jan 2017
2,561
Sydney
#7
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overall good , with some bad

it also raised the technical level of lovemaking a fair bit and opened good plentiful sex for women


in fact the sexual revolution was the result of



1- the pill
2- women becoming financially independent



after that , their sexuality could flourish
 
Jan 2013
790
Charlottengrad
#8
Were the fruits of the sexual revolution of the 60s good or bad on Western society as a whole, has the loosening of sexual mores compared to the 50s resulted in negative consequences in terms of single parent hood and higher divorce rates? Is shift to a hookup culture Vs. long term monogamous relationships and minimizing the number of sexual partners before marriage good or bad for Western society?
More freedom of people is good. How people use that is a different story. Single parent hood and high divorce rates are better than dysfunctional or abusive relationships. I also don't see a "hookup"-culture. People hook up, sure. But they always did. In the past hidden, now in the open. Numbers may have increased but that doesn't make it a "hookup"-culture, just means when people decide for someone there's more certainty that it is the right one.
 
Jul 2016
7,160
USA
#9
Technological advances always change culture. Historically, with zero abilities to control population, and the very real dangers of unwed motherhood, sexes were divided a whole lot more because they had to be, there was really no way not to. The Pill changed that, suddenly women had the choice about whether or not to have children, which introduced lots of casual sex (and with it a definitive rise in STDs, you cannot have one without the other!).

However, the breaking down of power and roles by sex needed to happen, there was no justification to attempt to keep women in previous roles since they were only in that role to begin with because of the dangers of unwed sex. Without that, we're in a brave new world with a completely uncharted future.

Was it good or bad? Both, we wont even know the truth for hundreds of years. Its like suggesting what the fruits of antibiotics or the printing press were. COMPLETELY changed humanity for good and bad.
 
Jan 2010
3,920
Atlanta, Georgia USA
#10
Very mixed consequences in my view; one would have to be wilfully blind not to recognize that many have been bad, especially with regard to the providing of a stable basis for the rearing of children. The bad consequences have been fewer among better educated and more prosperous people. One of the most disagreeable consequences is the sheer grossness and meretricious vulgarity of many features of popular culture in the West.
Amen to that. I lived through the "sexual revolution". While it was great at the time, it's turned out to be something entirely different and, I am afraid much worse for society as a whole versus for (at least the male) members of society considered as individuals.