Drawing on vital statistics and census data, the author argues that the Sexual Revolution was unfolding in the United States during the 1940s and 1950s. Contrary to popular belief, the sexual revolution (on a behavioral level) did not start in the 1960s, it was not ignited by the introduction of the birth control pill, it was not significantly fanned by the baby boomers' coming of age, and, most important of all, the sexualization of the popular culture did not anticipate the liberalization of mass behavior. According to the author, the reason the 1960s have been so heavily emphasized by scholars is because of a general failure to distinguish between manners and morals, or between norms and values.

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