SEX IN OUR CHANGING WORLD by John McPartland

SEX IN OUR CHANGING WORLD

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A showing up of our sexual life from the bedroom to the motel, this is a blunt, sharply phrased history of sex from the don't touch me, don't mention it taboos of the last century, to today when chastity and virginity have declined and the divorce rate has risen. Thirty years ago and the age of innocence and ignorance, to the carnival days of the '20's when sex replaced love, was sex for sin's sake, on to the '30's when the economics of depression toned down loose living, women became women, sex resumed a normal trend. Sex of the war years, one night wives, faithless wives, allotment wives; the influence of radio, movies, automobiles; the fetish of pleasure, speed, comfort; our divorce situation--""an unholy mess""- with six out of ten marriages in 1946 hitting the courts; birth control; prostitution; homosexuality; sex crimes; books, movies, clothes, all reflecting the Barnum business in breasts; types of males- and some representative interviews. A commentary which is social summary, not a moral critique. Entertaining and challenging.

Pub Date: April 24th, 1947
Publisher: Rinehart