Definition of sexual revolution in US English:

sexual revolution


  • The liberalization of established social and moral attitudes toward sex, particularly that occurring in western countries during the 1960s, as the women's movement and developments in contraception instigated changes in attitudes toward sex and women's sexuality, and sexual equality became an aim of society.

    • ‘‘Whatever did happen during the sexual revolution, a lot of people who participated in it and were pioneers in it are still really shame-faced about it and would sooner not revisit it,’ says Bailey.’
    • ‘What kind of impact do you think the sexual revolution had on society at large?’
    • ‘They might even assent to the idea that more and more women want marriage and children, not the bogus liberation that the sexual revolution purveyed.’
    • ‘In the early Sixties, with contraceptive pills and the sexual revolution just around the corner, thousands of unmarried women like Janet were still being forced by horrified parents into giving up their babies for adoption.’
    • ‘In his version of the sexual revolution, Western adolescents break the chains of reason and social control to follow the sirens of their true love.’
    • ‘Those who came of age in the Sixties hold on resolutely to the positive aspects of that social change - sexual equality, the sexual revolution, the rejection of traditional norms and values, and so on.’
    • ‘No, she wouldn't reverse the sexual revolution.’
    • ‘One of the reasons this happened is that the sexual revolution that happened in the United States in the 1960s has not happened in Africa.’
    • ‘Admittedly, it would be a mistake to equate the sexual revolution with the increasing prevalence of premarital intercourse.’
    • ‘And the Women's Movement coincided with the sexual revolution and the birth of the gay movement in the 20th Century.’
    • ‘But the only seminal development, apart from the sexual revolution, that Updike chronicles with any depth is the computer revolution.’
    • ‘Clearly, an increase in the proportion of grooms marrying a bride from a different social class is consistent with the thesis of a sexual revolution, but it can also be explained by changes in meeting opportunities and class sizes.’
    • ‘Partly this was pushed along by the ongoing sexual revolution and the increasing separation of sex from reproduction.’
    • ‘We may have enjoyed a social revolution in the 1960s, and a sexual revolution of a kind.’
    • ‘He was mocking the hollowness of the new consumer society before the sexual revolution.’
    • ‘As with the sexual revolution, the end of life is surrounded by myths and half-truths.’
    • ‘The sexual revolution thus did little to challenge traditional attitudes about sexuality; it merely introduced a new set of rules designed to fulfill the needs of heterosexual men.’
    • ‘For example, he portrays the women's movement as ambivalent about the sexual revolution of the 1960s and 1970s.’
    • ‘This fact supplies us with a sober lesson: the sexual revolution - one that began nearly a century ago but was greatly hastened by the 1960s - was supposed to help make men and women equal.’
    • ‘The baby boom generation that started the sexual revolution is about to enter elderhood: By 2030, 80 million people will be 60 plus.’