From my Salvo article, “Wilhelm Reich and the Irony of Liberation.”
If the first sexual revolution was about enjoying sex without being encumbered with the possibility of child-bearing, the second sexual revolution has been about enjoying sex without being encumbered by bonding, as if human connectivity is a kind of byproduct to be overcome in the quest for total sexual liberation. How ironic that the itinerary of the sexual revolution would end up flattening sexuality of the very elements that make it so potent and pleasurable, reducing nudity to something tame and benign. Indeed, the paradox of today’s sex-saturated society is that sex has become so cheapened that it has receded into banality.
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