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The Fifties As for sex? Surprise — They had it. Most sociologists today acknowledge that the 'sexual revolution' really began immediately post- WWII ; having lived through years of deprivation, people were now more than ready to live in the moment... they just didn't talk about it, at least not in public, which is what people really mean when they speak of the sexual repression of the era. Later generations' rebellion was actually about being able to openly discuss sexual matters, which over the decades (as the rebellious kids' recollections replaced their parents') got Flanderized into 'everybody back then slept in twin beds!' — a sitcom trope enforced by Media Watchdogs that was considered a bit much even back then. However, if you wanted to cohabitate publicly with the opposite sex, lawfully wedded (not to say holy) matrimony was the only option that wouldn't get you run out of town. Thus the average age of marriage was much lower than it is today, and the average couple
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Unformatted text preview: dated only for a few months before marrying. It wasn't considered right to wait for a long time unless the man had to complete university or a military obligation — otherwise, well, the longer a couple waited, the more likely they were to get impatient and start precipitating the situations mentioned below. • A number of women ended up pregnant before their wedding day — or out-of-wedlock entirely — largely because they didn't have very good contraception. The father in any instance could make an 'honest woman' of the girl if he loved her and/or thought it was the right thing to do (and many did), but there really wasn't a lot of pressure on him to do so from society at large because pregnancy out of wedlock was largely seen as the woman's fault. The supposition was often that the woman deliberately became pregnant to "trap" an unwilling man into marriage against his will, and it was a lucky man who could avoid this by leaving town....
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