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During the 1960s there was a “sexual revolution” which swept across America. I should know because I lived through it. The modern consensus is that the sexual revolution in 1960s America was typified by a dramatic shift in traditional values related to sex, and sexuality. Sex became more socially acceptable outside the boundaries of heterosexual marriage.
So who were the anarchists who led the sexual revolution and what were their intended consequences?
Please bear with me as I list the key sexual anarchists and explain the results or what I call the “intended consequences” of their actions. It was Wilhelm Reich who first introduced the idea of a "sexual revolution" to America. The sexual revolution, like all revolutions must have a loud and vocal minority supported politically, scientifically, technologically and socially to succeed. In order for a revolution to occur there must be an upheaval and the tearing down of the old beliefs and replacing those with the new. For example, the traditional family made up of a biological father, mother and their children was the norm prior to the sexual revolution. While sexual behaviors outside the norm existed, society looked upon these behaviors as detrimental to its overall health and wellbeing.
All of that changed in the 1960s but the roots of the revolution predated the revolution.
The embracing of sexual behaviors that once were not only taboo but illegal required a few key anarchists. May I humbly suggest the key anarchists were: Margaret Sanger, Betty Friedan, Dr. Alfred Kinsey and Henry Hay, Jr.?
There were two movements during the sexual revolution that today have combined and support one another. The first was the feminist movement. Betty Friedan and Margaret Sanger are the sexual anarchists behind this movement. The second is the homosexual or “gay pride” movement led by Henry Hay, Jr. and supported by the research of Dr. Alfred C. Kinsey.
In a nutshell here are the objectives of each:
Feminist Movement – The Feminist movement required a sea change in the traditional roles of women as mothers, wives, caregivers and gate keepers of the family home. The new paradigm was the total “sexual liberation” of women. The development of the birth control pill was a key scientific discovery that propelled this movement. The pill divorced contraception from the act of intercourse itself. Traditional marriage was looked upon as repressive toward women. A male dominated structure created by men to keep women enslaved and in social bondage. Eugenics was introduced by Sanger as the means to both free women and control population growth.
The Homosexual or Gay Pride Movement – The homosexual or gay pride movement led by Henry Hay, Jr., required a sea change in the traditional role of men as fathers, husbands, providers and keepers of values within the family home. The new paradigm was men as pure sexual beings. Traditional marriage was viewed as oppressive, excluding the rights of gays and lesbians to marry. Traditional marriage was mono-sexual denial of the “minority civil rights” of homosexuals. The definition of marriage must be replaced with a more inclusive one in the name of diversity. Dr. Alfred Kinsey’s research and his conclusions propelled this movement forward. Homosexuality before this movement was viewed as a developmental maladjustment. Dr. Kinsey divorced the act of same sex intercourse from its well-known detrimental medical, health and social effects.
The “intended consequences” of these ongoing movements are:
1) Population control,
2) Gender neutrality,
3) Redefinition of marriage,
4) Increased role of government in matters of sexual behavior,
5) The redefinition of family, and
6) Providing minority status and special rights to homosexuals, pedophiles, etc.
Sustaining these intended consequences requires sexual anarchists, an activist government, activist courts, activist scientists and activist academics and schools. While this population of activists remains in the minority their successes has been breath taking. The results, however, have been devastating.
Here is a short list of the known consequences of the sexual revolution:
1) High divorce rates and single parent households (especially in minority populations),
2) Reduction in global birth rates below the minimum required 2.1 children per family threatening the extinction of entire cultures and ethnicities,
3) Population control leading to a reduction of the available workforce, with an over reliance on immigration (legal and illegal) for labor,
4) The state replacing the family as the primary care giver and sexual educator of children,
5) The redefinition of marriage,
7) Moral and economic poverty.
Is it time for a counter- sexual revolution? When the idea fails it may be time to restore the idea with the ideal.