The Price of Freedom. On the Sexual Revolution

(Beatrijs Ritsema) The Low Countries – 2017, № 25, pp. 54-63

Two elements lay at the foundation of what is now known as ‘the sexual revolution’: money, or economic growth, and reliable contraception (the pill). Without those two conditions the famous verse of Remco Campert (Everyone boozed and fucked/ All Europe was one big mattress) would not have had the remotest chance. That was far too dangerous for girls and women. One always pays a price for freedom but the freedom to move on,was won in the 1960s and however much collective weeping and wailing there is about skyrocketing divorce rates, no individual is prepared to trade in personal freedom in this.

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