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July 30, 1986 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
Once upon a time, the ABC News "Closeup" unit produced some of TV's best documentaries. Its three-hour programs on the nation's schools and the nuclear arms race were splendidly revealing video achievements in an era of otherwise documentary doldrums. And now? "After the Sexual Revolution" is very watchable, all right--and very forgettable. The ABC News "Closeup," 8-11 tonight on Channels 7, 3, 10 and 42, is less a documentary than a documusical.
April 11, 2014 | By Emmett Rensin, guest blogger
Even after reading Rolling Stone's recent article “ Tales From the Millennials' Sexual Revolution ,” you might not have realized it was about polyamory. It was easy to miss. In several thousand words, the term appeared only one time. And no one could be blamed if the phrase that author Alex Morris chose in its stead caused even more confusion: “The New Monogamy.” Huh? But despite the understandable confusion, Morris' article was, at least in part, about polyamory. Novel terminology aside, it was the same old story about nontraditional relationships.
December 12, 2008 | Louis Sahagun, Sahagun is a Times staff writer.
Bettie Page, the brunet pinup queen with a shoulder-length pageboy hairdo and kitschy bangs whose saucy photos helped usher in the sexual revolution of the 1960s, has died. She was 85. Page, whose later life was marked by depression, violent mood swings and several years in a state mental institution, died Thursday night at Kindred Hospital in Los Angeles, where she had been on life support since suffering a heart attack Dec. 2, according to her agent, Mark Roesler.
October 19, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
NEW YORK - Lizzy Caplan was a senior in high school when she first experienced the crushing disappointment that comes with life as an actress. "We did 'Much Ado About Nothing' and 'Romeo & Juliet.' And of course I wanted to be Juliet, but I got cast as Beatrice," which made her angry, she recalls over late-afternoon coffee in SoHo at the tail end of a week promoting her new Showtime series, "Masters of Sex. " With the benefit of hindsight, however,...
June 30, 1989 | JOHN J. GOLDMAN, Times Staff Writer
Despite all those explicit magazines and movies, those down-to-earth books about relationships, the beads, bikinis, hippies and protests, three Kinsey Institute researchers announced Thursday that America did not undergo a sexual revolution in the 1960s. A long delayed survey of 3,018 adults in 1970, made public in New York, reported that America's "patterns of sexual morality tended to be quite conservative" as measured by majority disapproval of extramarital sex, homosexuality, prostitution and most forms of premarital sex. Why did it take so long for these findings to be made public?
August 24, 1986 | BENGT LJUNG, Associated Press
Here in the world capital of permissiveness, the tide of the sexual revolution has begun to ebb. Marriage is staging a comeback in Sweden, abortion and teen-age pregnancy rates are low and a public outcry over pornography is growing. Attitudes are still relatively permissive, sex expert Maj Fant says, but they are enlightened by sex education. And, she said, more and more Swedes seem to cherish faithful and close relationships.
August 1, 1986 | ELAINE KENDALL
A Girl of Forty by Herbert Gold (Donald I. Fine: $16.95) San Francisco may not seem a logical setting for a war novel, nor is a sexy blond public relations lady your usual battle-scarred veteran, but despite appearances, "A Girl of Forty" is a report from the front lines of the sexual revolution. Ten years later, the casualty figures continue to rise and the due bills remain unpaid.
It's been nearly 25 years since I graduated from college, an event of no earthly significance save for this footnote: The institution was a "girls' " school, and I was then, as I've remained, male by construction. Ask, everyone does: Did I score a lot? Uh-huh. About 12 points a game for the basketball team. If the answer seems arrogant, well, so is the question and the presumptive wink that follows whenever my alma mater comes up in conversation.
When I was around 9 years old, I somehow got the idea that I was in the vanguard of the sexual revolution. Most of my chums were Roman Catholic girls who still believed they'd been found under cabbage leaves, whereas my mother had told me the facts of life. This made me think of myself as one of the enlightened: a champion of truth, candor, sex, love and other life-affirming forces, a foe of narrow-mindedness and hypocrisy.
Wang, a 26-year-old Chinese man, finally mustered the courage to call a 24-hour reproductive health hotline operated out of a Shanghai hospital at 2 a.m., his voice quivering with anxiety. "My wife is sleeping, but I have to talk to someone about this," Wang explained. "I am married two years, but the sex is not going so well. It is over so fast. I never was this way when I was younger. I am worried that my wife will not be happy with me."
February 5, 2013
Re "Mahony defends actions," Feb. 2 Cardinal Roger M. Mahony's claim that no one taught him how to respond to sexual abuse committed by priests is preposterous. Does one need a postgraduate college course to know that a crime committed against a child is to be reported to the police? The only changes Mahony has undergone are from hiding and thus supporting the pedophiles to all-out damage control and now, finally, to a steadfast refusal to accept personal responsibility. The former L.A. archbishop seems entirely incapable of understanding what he has done.
August 17, 2012 | Nika Soon-Shiong, Los Angeles Times
The American Sociological Assn.'s annual meeting got underway Friday in Denver, and among the weighty topics to be discussed is the practice of “hooking up.” For any readers who are not familiar, hooking up refers to “casual sexual activity,” according to one of the more tame definitions offered by Urban Dictionary . A study to be presented on Monday focuses on the social consequences for those who engage in frequent hookups. Two researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago examined responses from more than 19,000 students who completed the Online College Social Life Survey last year.
March 4, 2012 | By Nancy L. Cohen
If the pill had never been invented, perhaps American politics would be very different today. Sex has consumed the political debate in recent weeks. To many it has been a surprising turn of events, given the near-universal prediction that this year's election would be all about the economy. If the history of the bipartisan sexual counterrevolution were better known, no one would be surprised. Conflicts over gay marriage, transvaginal ultrasounds, Planned Parenthood funding and insurance coverage for birth control are not isolated events.
March 6, 2011 | By Maria Elena Fernandez, Los Angeles Times
Quite simply, Jane Anderson wanted to write about sex. In "The Quality of Life," her first commissioned play at the Geffen Playhouse in 2007, she tackled heavy and heady matters: death, suicide and cancer. Now, with her second Geffen commission, she wanted to have fun. Not that the sex she writes about in "The Escort: An Explicit Play for Discriminating People" isn't serious. The story about the relationship between a high-class call girl, her gynecologist, and the doctor's 13-year-old son and ex-husband isn't shy in its content or its delivery.
August 13, 2010 | By Alison Culliford, Los Angeles Times
"Sexual intercourse began in 1963," the poet Philip Larkin said of the revolution that liberated women and changed the world. And nowhere was that revolution more on display, literally, than on the beaches of the French Riviera, where the first bare breasts appeared just a year later. Scandale ! Some local mayors prohibited it, and the Interior Ministry declared it illegal. But as anyone who has visited a French beach in the last 40 years will know, public opinion was stronger than the bureaucrats' protests.
May 9, 2010 | By Susan Salter Reynolds, Special to the Los Angeles Times
They love to hate him, Martin Amis, the British literati's very own Princess Di. He can't go to the airport without the press commenting on where he stopped along the way and why, where he has his dental work done and whether a particular gesture or phrase is reminiscent of his famous father, Kingsley Amis, and why. If he really hated all that publicity, you say, why announce that there ought to be booths on street corners where the elderly can...
July 31, 1994 | Steve Proffitt, Steve Proffitt is a producer for Fox News and a contributor to National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" and "Morning Edition." He interviewed Hugh Hefner at the Playboy mansion, in the Holmby Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles
The yellow warning sign on the drive reads, "CHILDREN AT PLAY." The sauna--once a site for strictly adult games--is now used to store toys. The only bunnies in evidence at the Playboy mansion are the furry four-legged kind, part of Hugh Hefner's personal zoo. At 68, Hugh Marston Hefner is five years into his marriage to former Playmate Kimberly Conrad.
October 23, 1994 | Sandra Gilbert, Sandra Gilbert is a professor of English at UC Davis and co-author of "No Man's Land: The Place of the Woman Writer in the 20th Century."
Was the so-called sexual revolution really a revolution or did it end in regression? Did it lead to utopian liberation or old-fashioned (and dystopian) licentiousness? Cui bono --who profits--when the communal libido is unleashed? And what do transformed styles of sexuality mean for women? Should we react to the newly defined joys of sex with the shuddering puritanism of, say, Andrea Dworkin (whose "Inter-course" defines that act as an attack on woman)?
April 11, 2010 | By Peter Terzian
Hot Stuff Disco and the Remaking of American Culture Alice Echols W.W. Norton: 338 pp., $26.95 Recently, I attended a wedding reception during which a 10-year-old boy, to entertain the adults on the dance floor, started making the point-to-the-sky motion that John Travolta patented in 1977's "Saturday Night Fever." Why was I surprised? I doubt the tiny dancer even saw the movie, but he needn't have. Thirty years after its heyday, disco has so thoroughly saturated global popular culture that its songs and signifiers are recognizable to children born in a different century.
June 9, 2009 | David Ng
Photographer Daniel Nicoletta remembers when he met Harvey Milk at the Castro Camera shop in 1974. The young Nicoletta was looking for a place to develop some Super 8 film he had shot for a class when he happened to wander by Milk's modest camera store in San Francisco. "He was so friendly and very gentle. Unbeknownst to me, I was being cruised," Nicoletta recalled. "I was barely out at the time, so I was pretty naive." So began a friendship that lasted four years to 1978, when Milk was gunned down at his San Francisco office.
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