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Re: Santorum Good for Chastity Belt Sales?

Posted by SLRT on Wed Feb 22 05:54:56 2012, in response to Re: Santorum Good for Chastity Belt Sales?, posted by streetcarman1 on Tue Feb 21 17:20:17 2012.

I grew up in the 1950s in Brooklyn and I have no nostalgia for it (though I would like to be able to ride a trolley on Church Avenue again). And I was a "beneficiary" of the social changes of the '60s.

The '50s weren't quite so strait-laced as people think they remember, but we can look at what we've lost since that era. Economically, we've mostly lost the economic model that allowed one parent to work full-time and the other to manage the household and be there for the children. In this liberated time it could be either parent but the problem is it has become a near impossibility for ANY couple.

And we've lost the social strictures that has people thinking about the consequences of having children without marriage or even commitment. The NYT recently reported that a MAJORITY of children born to women under 30 are born to single women. This is a supreme irony in a society with open access to means pre- and post- to avoid childbirth.

Yes, women had less social freedom in the '50s but so did men. The new social order allows men to impregnate women and view taking care of the result as optional. And the women let them. Liberation indeed.

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