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But there is no question that we are still living with the “free love” fallout.

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What is the connection between public morality and public health?Fifty years ago during the Summer of Love, the emerging hippie subculture captured the attention of the nation.Young people outraged their elders with unconventional haircuts, clothes, and music; skeptical attitudes about property and traditional religion, and, perhaps most shockingly, belief in free sexual expression outside the bounds of marriage.The sexual revolution is clearly one of those ideological battlegrounds—like the conflicts over college curricula, abortion, and "the sixties"—where liberals and conservatives clash over culture, politics, and religion simultaneously.Many liberals would insist—rightly—that the sexual revolution helped bring about changes for the better: broader rights for gays and women, wider use of contraceptives, acceptance of premarital cohabitation.Public opinion polling from the time indicates that the counterculture position on “free love” was indeed antithetical to the majority view of marriage as a morally necessary precondition for sexual activity.

But the poll questions themselves also reveal an increasing openness about sexuality in the 1960s that preceded and anticipated major changes in public attitudes.

It began with a 2,000-word, ALL-CAPS-laced manifesto in the , the daily student newspaper, outlining the intellectual case for sexual freedom.

Titled “Sex and the Single Girl—Part Two” (a nod to Helen Gurley Brown’s feminist treatise), Sanders attacked the university’s strict student housing guidelines—which prohibited women from living off-campus and restricted visiting access for persons of the opposite sex—with the kind of fire he’d later reserve for capitalists and war hawks.

In 1943, Roper revisited this question, asking only women their perceptions of sex before marriage for both sexes.

A slightly larger proportion said it was “wicked” for young girls (46%) to have premarital sex than said the same about young men (37%).

More importantly, these questions were only asked of respondents of the same sex as their interviewer.