History of Sex and Sexuality from 1968 to 1972

About the history of sex and sexuality from 1968 to 1972 A.D. including trivia about sperm banks, Cosmopolitan magazine and Frasier the tiger.

UNCENSORED HIGHLIGHTS IN THE HISTORY OF SEX

1968 A pair of U.S. sex researchers, Drs. Phyllis and Eberhard Kronhausen, organized the world's first international exhibition of erotic art, shown in Sweden and Denmark.

1969 The Danish government legalized the sale and distribution of all forms of sexually explicit materials. The revolutionary action failed to prompt the outbreak of sex crimes many had predicted.

1970 In the U.S., the President's Commission on Obscenity and Pornography urged restraint in governmental attempts to "interfere with the rights of adults who wish to do so to read, obtain, or view explicit sexual materials." Senate leaders promptly denounced the commission's report and Pres. Richard Nixon called it "morally bankrupt."

1970 The British Journal of Hospital Medicine estimated that one out of every 45 British women was a lesbian.

1971 The world's first commercial sperm bank was opened in New York.

1971 If an 80-year-old man should suddenly find himself in complete control of a harem of 12 beautiful young maidens, what results could be expected? One might be surprised! A number of years ago a Mexican circus went bankrupt. Since the owner could no longer afford to feed his animals, he gave one elderly male lion to the southern California wildlife preserve called Lion Country Safari, on Feb. 13, 1971.

Frasier, the scrawny, scruffy lion, was clearly past his prime. He was bleary-eyed, suffered from arthritis and rheumatism, and even had trouble walking. His 19 or 20 years were the equivalent of more than 80 human years. He was nursed back to health and then introduced into a pride consisting of 12 young females. Putting Frasier in with the females was a joke. Previously, the hard-to-please lionesses had spurned at least five young, virile males; one would-be lover was badly mauled. But now the unexpected happened.

The morning after Frasier was turned loose, the lionesses were found basking placidly in the sun, and a very tired but happy Frasier was lying on his back, paws in the air. He had obviously been a most phenomenal pussycat during the night. In the days that followed, whenever this lady-killer was hungry, the adoring young females fetched his food. They also chewed it for him (Frasier was almost toothless) before laying it at his feet. A lioness took her place on each side of his overaged bones when he decided to take a walk. His great success as a lover--he sired 35 cubs in 16 months--caused him to become a national sex symbol. His exploits attracted national attention, and Frasier T-shirts, watches, and caps were marketed with such favorable results that attendance at Lion Country Safari took a tremendous leap. Frasier was named Father of the Year in a congressional resolution.

His amorous activities finally took their toll. He died in his sleep on June 13,1972--no doubt with a smile on his face--and was buried at the Laguna Hills, Calif., preserve. They had inserted him into the pride as a joke, but the old cat took the challenge seriously. The results proved once again that the art of making love knows neither time nor season.

1972 In England, Cosmopolitan published the first nude male pinup centerfold in its April issue. The model was Paul de Feu, recently separated husband of feminist leader Germaine Greer. The American edition followed a few days later with a nude spread of Burt Reynolds. Both issues immediately sold out, with the number of male buyers noticeably increased.

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