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Prescription for HeterosexualitySexual Citizenship in the Cold War Era$
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Carolyn Herbst Lewis

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780807834251

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807899540_lewis

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Epilogue

Epilogue

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(p.145) Epilogue
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Prescription for Heterosexuality
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Carolyn Herbst Lewis

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807899540_lewis.10

Max Levin's article for the New England Journal of Medicine titled “The Physician and the Sexual Revolution” was critical of Alfred Kinsey and other scientific researchers in the new era and its new set of values. While physicians maintained that pre-marital sexual relations increase the chances of a happy marriage, Levin asserted that premarital sexual activity posed a threat to future marital happiness and sexual adjustment. This epilogue examines Levin's assessment of the sexual revolution. It also describes the growing ideological tensions concerning matters of sexuality and the changing sexual and social trends, which include the increased use of contraceptives, demand for safe and legal abortions, and new expectations of the marital relationship.

Keywords:   Max Levin, Alfred Kinsey, sexual relations, premarital sexual activity, sexual adjustment, sexuality, contraceptives, abortions

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