Boomers made outdoor sex OK. You thought Woodstock was about the music? Sorry to disappoint, but nobody was really listening to Jimi Hendrix. That's right. But freedom was at the core of things. In , five years after oral contraception got FDA approval, 6. Boomers made indoor sex more interesting.
Anyone remember Plato's Retreat? Me neither. Clothing was optional, only couples were admitted although encouraged to mingle , and the centerpiece of the experience was a public "mat room" for exhibitionist sex.
Going to the mats took on a whole new meaning when Plato's opened in Boomers took honoring thy neighbor to the biblical level. Long before car keys were collected at parties from those who drank too much, suburban swingers in the s collected them for a different reason.
As they entered the party, the men would deposit their car keys in a bowl by the front door. On the way out, the women would fish a set of keys from the bowl and that's who they'd go home with. A Psychology Today report in dubbed the study by Gilbert D. Bartell "the most in-depth look on the swinging culture to date. More than three-fourths of the female Swingers were stay-at-home housewives, most of them with kids.
Mostly, they just wanted to have sex with someone other than their spouses.
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Boomers changed the language of sex. Calling sex "intercourse" went out the window long before Bill Clinton wished Monica Lewinsky would have. While our former Prez "didn't have sex with that woman," the term for doing the nasty that'd be circa used to be balling in the s. For a while, women were "boinked," "porked" or "got laid. Boomers changed dating rituals. Because we fumbled them so badly, obviously! Aside from inventing the Internet, which made it possible for online dating sites to exist, boomers totally blew dating.
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We may have originated the one-night stand, but we always struggled with long-lasting relationships. Maybe the bad bar scene and the people our mothers fixed us up with were just the kiss of dating death. Admit it: If anyone today bellied up to the bar next to you and asked you what your astrological sign was, you'd probably run for the exits, right? Yes, much safer to sit with your tablet swiping Tinder prospects to the side. Nowadays, you see someone's profile and start following them on Twitter. You check out their LinkedIn profile and see who they're friends with on Facebook.
One of the selling points of some dating apps is that they actually show whether you have friends in common so you can do some real-time investigating. The result is that long before you meet the person, you know his or her online persona, which as one younger friend noted, sometimes is a total disconnect from the real person. Tap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you. There are no Articles in your queue. See Latest Articles. There are no Podcasts in your queue.
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