"The Sexual Revolution Was Central To Women's Liberation"

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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Tracie Egan Morrissey

oh my god. some of these comments are pissing me the fuck off. y'all are some dworkian bitches. particularly the comments about how porn is just for men and how it's so horrible and shit. there is SOOOOO much porn out there for all different types of people. porn is the most inclusive form of entertainment/media because it caters to every single whim and fancy of every single kind of person. sure there are lots of fake boobs and skinny girls, but that's only one part of the industry as a whole. and it's the only kind that's really crossed over into the mainstream because men are a lot less ashamed of the kind of shit they like. maybe if women were a little more SEXUALLY LIBERATED, then our likes and desires would be represented in the mainstream a little more.

and as far as the sexual revolution convincing men that it's ok to rape women is like the most retarded thing i've read today. (although it is early.) i think that men deserve a little more credit than that. besides, the sex revolution opened up a dialogue that enabled us to actually discuss things like rape and sexual harassment openly. the more comfortable we are with our sexual selves, the more comfortable we are with saying no when we don't want sex.