For the first time in U. More specifically, they've overtaken men in professional roles. As of , women represented half of all U. That's a far cry from, when women made up only one-third of all U. It was a generation of college-educated women who rejected the prospect of following in the footsteps of their moms, spending their adult lives as housewives; it was companies that increasingly needed and sought women's white-collar office skills and an economy that required both men and women to earn an income.
The sexual revolution , also known as a time of sexual liberation , was a social movement that challenged traditional codes of behavior related to sexuality and interpersonal relationships throughout the United States and subsequently, the wider world, from the s to the s. Several other periods in Western culture have been called the "first sexual revolution", to which the s revolution would be the second or later. The term "sexual revolution" itself has been used since at least the late s. When speaking of sexual revolution, historians  make a distinction between the first and the second sexual revolution. In the first sexual revolution — , Victorian morality lost its universal appeal. However, it did not lead to the rise of a "permissive society".
Life is the other way round. Yet the book is marred by frequent sexual moralizing and some notable historical-theoretical blind spots. For all that, the book is an enjoyable read—provided that one does not expect too much explanatory depth.
Today, research is published by a team at Sheffield University showing that women prefer sex in long-term relationships to one night stands. They were clearly surprised:. These findings demonstrate that conservative attitudes towards women's sexual behaviour remain, and contradict the image of today's independent women who seek the pleasure of sexual interaction without the ties of a relationship.