Part 2 of VH1's documentary mini-series Sex: The Revolution aired last night, and a portion of it focused on the sexual revolution's influence on feminism in the 1970s and vice versa. The doc combines archival footage of interviews, TV shows, and protest rallies and new interviews with heavyweights like Gloria Steinem, Helen Gurley Brown, Ariel Levy, Erica Jong, and Susan Brownmiller. Nearly 40 years later, Steinem is still sticking to her guns that the sexual revolution was a disservice to women because it was a movement for men to make women more sexually available to them. (How can she not realize by now that we all have natural sexual desires?) Ariel Levy, author of Female Chauvinist Pigs, offered a different (and perhaps younger?) take on the sexual revolution, asserting that it was important for feminism, because gaining equality in sexual satisfaction was a key element in the women's movement. Still, it was nice to see both sides of the argument presented. Clip above.
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