The 1940’s

World War II (1939-1945)

The 1940’s continued on the more liberalized ideal towards sex: that it didn’t just have to be for reproductive purposes (eNotes, 2011).  The Kinsey Reports, which I will go into more detail in the Fifties, showed America a more realistic depiction of the sexual behavior that was occurring (Johnson, 1997).  Sex was seen more as as a pleasurable activity; we see this as it had a stronger presence in movies and magazines, as well as with the growing popularity of contraception that began to take off in the 1930’s (eNotes, 2011).











eNotes.  (2011).  1940’s Lifestyles and Social Trends.  Retrieved from
Johnson, P. (1997).  A history of the american people.  New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers.

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