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Nineteen hundred and sixty was the year that ushered in a decade of great historical change during this decade man walked on the moon watched the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show and waited for nuclear war As a decade that saw the Cuban Missile Crisis the creation of the Berlin Wall and the United States entering the Vietnam War it is characterized as a decade of political crisis social upheaval and nearly continuous warfare But in addition to all this turmoil the Sixties should also be remembered for two other very important things women and sex The Sexual Revolution was borne in this decade along with the modern feminist movement and while these two movements were influenced by a multitude of other movements people and events nothing contributed to them more than the creation of the birth control pill The single greatest achievement of the 1960s was not the first kidney transplant the first Soviet in space or even the dbut of Monty Pythons Flying Circus it was the regulation of the female reproductive system The Sexual Revolution is generally considered a liberalizing of social morality beginning in the late 1950s and reaching its peak during the next fifteen years During previous decades the United States had maintained a very conservative view on sex and sexuality in short everybody does it but no one should talk about it Because of this belief many women who had little to no sex education became pregnant at an early age because they didnt know any better Also there were few contraceptive options for women none of which were particularly reliable Because of the lack of sex education and availability of infallible birth control it was up to an individual to make a difference Margaret Higgins Sanger believed that all women should have a safe and easy to use contraceptive and it was her vision and determination made the difference for millions of women In 1951
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