Louise Perry begins her new book, The Case Against the Sexual Revolution, by observing that though Marilyn Monroe and Hugh Hefner were born the same year and are buried in the same graveyard, they “experienced ‘sexual liberation’ very differently.” Monroe, she writes, never had “much say in what men did to her over the course of her short life.”
The sexual revolution promised women liberation, but men were the real beneficiaries. Children paid the price for that too. Perry includes an epigraph at the beginning of the book, a poetic tweet called “Conversation With an Archaeologist” by Hollie McNish:
he said they’d found a brothel on the dig he did last night
I asked him how they know
a pit of babies’ bones
a pit of newborn babies’ bones was how to spot a brothel
Though McNish does not acknowledge that the trail of bodies from the sexual revolution leads to abortion clinics, it does.
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