History of Sex, Love and Sexuality 1970s

About the history of sex, love, and sexuality from 1970 to 1975, sodomy laws are repealed, the Supreme Court and Roe v. Wade, unions demand sex.

1971--The 1st Gay Community Services Center was opened in Los Angeles.

1971--The Florida Supreme Court declared unconstitutional the law that made oral sex performed by heterosexuals a crime.

1972--Says author Robert Wilson in Forbidden Words:

The current skyrocketing rise in clap and syphilis is astonishing. Gonorrhea is 29 times as common as the measles, and syphilis has killed 100 million people since 1900, or 4 times the number who died during the bubonic plague in medieval Europe.

1972--A travel guide, Lusty Europe, contributed to the store of human knowledge with this bit about a sight in London:

Penis (Napoleon's). Christie's Fine Art Auctioneers (8 King Street, S.W.1) has had it. Removed from the Emperor by his confessor-priest. The catalogue described it as "a small dried-up object." "Looks like a sea-horse," said a night porter. Phone Christie's at 839-9060 if you want it. It is rather surprising that the thing was "withdrawn" (the auctioneer's own phrase) at a recent sale considering the pound 13,300 price and one-inch length. . . .

1973--Sexologist David Reuben recommended oral sex and estimated that 70-80% of American adults practiced it.

1973--Several American businesses bought into a German brothel chain when its owner, Kurt Kohls, put $8 million in stock up for sale. His brochure was entitled, "How to Make Money in Germany with the Oldest Profession in the World." The slogan of the brothels, run like hotels, was "Sex with Heart."

1973--The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that local laws on obscenity could supresede the Constitution.

1973--Millionaire Lord Lambton, 22-year veteran of the House of Commons in England, resigned as Defense Under-Secretary of the RAF when it became known that secret photographs of him "in flagrante" with Norma Levy, an Irish prostitute, were being offered to newspapers for $25,000. "I have behaved with credulous stupidity," admitted His Lordship. Immediately afterward, Lord Jellicoe, son of Britain's naval hero at Jutland, personal friend of Prime Minister Edward Heath and a member of his Cabinet, resigned after exposure of his "casual affairs" with ladies of the night.

1973--An aphrodisiac containing the synthetic hormone LRF was found to induce mating in rats.

1973--The U.S. Supreme Court overruled all State laws restricting a woman's right to abortion in the 1st 3 months of pregnancy.

1974--A computer program simulating a woman's monthly cycle was invented.

1974--Lavender University, a school for homosexuals, opened in San Francisco with a schedule that offered 30 classes, including Greek literature, metaphysics, and hiking.

1974--Jan Morris, formerly James Humphrey Morris, the writer who scooped the conquest of Mount Everest in 1944, wrote Conundrum, a book describing his/her transformation, by surgery, into a woman.

1974--Publication of the book Lewd Foods, in which author Robert Hendrickson recounted history's most prodigious lovers. "The French actress Mlle. Dubois, who often dined with Marshal Soubise at his naked supper parties . . . left posterity an accounting of her conquests over a 20-year period. They totaled 16,527, or over 2 a day." Messalina, Queen of Rome, and Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, "demanded and received more than 100 men in one night . . . the official record holder would appear to be that anonymous . . . man cited by Dr. Kinsey who averaged 33.1 matings per week, or more than 4 times a day over a period of 30 years" Other contenders include the real-life Don Juan, a Spanish nobleman named Tenorio, who had 2,594 mistresses; the Italian poet and politician, Gabriel d'Annunzio, who boasted that 1,000 husbands hated him; the novelist Frank Harris, who seduced 2,000 women (and insured his file of their names with Lloyd's of London for $150,000; Ibn Saud, King of Saudi Arabia, who, from the age of 11 to 72, enjoyed sexual pleasure with 20,000 different women.

1975--The 1,600 gold miners working in Vatukoula, Fiji, demanded of their employers an extra 30 minutes added to their daily lunch hour to enjoy sexual pleasure. According to Reuters news service, the union secretary, Navita Raqona, stated that "a man has a sexual obligation to his wife and if he goes home exhausted at 5 P.M., he cannot fulfill it. The union wants the sex break added to the normal lunch break. After lunch and a short rest, a man is in prime mental and physical condition to meet his sexual obligations." The union requested this extra time for married men only, planning to make "alternative arrangements" for bachelors.

1975--The 1st brothel for senior citizens, in Marseilles, France, was reported. Clients' ages ranged from 60 to 77. The prostitutes charged about $10 for the service.

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