The Pill, far from reducing the numbers of unwanted pregnancies, actually led to more.

The Sexual Revolution started 50 years ago. At least, that was the view of the poet Philip Larkin, who wrote: ‘Sexual intercourse began / In nineteen sixty-three /(which was rather late for me) / Between the end of the Chatterley ban / And the Beatles’ first LP.’

Probably when today’s students read this poem, they understand the reference to the Beatles first LP, but need a bit of help with ‘the Chatterley ban’.

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Editor’s note: They probably need a lot more help than they can possibly imagine.

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  1. “Probably when today’s students read this poem, they understand the reference to the Beatles first LP, but need a bit of help with ‘the Chatterley ban’.”

    You far overestimate the frame of reference and awareness thereof of “today’s students.” The Beatles are, for most of them, vague ancient history. As for Chatterley, well, that’s ancient pre-history for the same cohort.

  2. When I was reading this article, I realized that the Sexual Revolution of the 1960’s, has gotten much worse! My 70’s culture had grown more intense with the Pornography! My generation did not read Lady Chatterly…We saw the Rated X movie of Lady Chatterly’s Lovers! Wow
    I look at my children, in their early 20’s and they are so in awe with the Old Beatles, Woodstock….all the stuff of Depravity and think it is cool!
    They were taught in Catholic High School about STD’s……we never had that! These kids know, so much more than we did!
    I know several girls, who had abortions in college….what must they be thinking now? They used Abortion as Birth Control! Now they have had children, how bad do they feel? They murdered their child out of alcohol induced Lust!
    The Sexual Revolution changed us in A Bad Direction!


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