Liberal Society 1951-79

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1959 Obscene publications act
Recognised greater public openness to sexual images and discussion. 1977 the law was extended to include films.
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Books
Joy of Sex became a best seller. Sex as pleasure in its own right, rather than as part of married family life.
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When was abortion legalised?
1967 with the Abortion Act
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When was the Sexual Offences act passed and what did it do?
It decriminalised homosexual acts in private between two men, both of whom had to have attained the age of 21.
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What was the Suicide Act and when was it passed?
1961, and decriminalized suicide
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When was the Divorce Reform Act?
1969
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What were the attitudes towards gay people in the 1960s?
93% of people thought that homosexuals were ill and needed treatment. However, Lesbians were allowed. Gay liberation Front 1970 UK
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What did the Wolfenden Committee?
1957, it reported that consenting homosexuals should be allowed to do their things at home, after they were the age of 21.
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New Moralism and Mary Whitehouse
500,000 signatures for her Clean-Up TV petition 1964. 1965 formed the National Viewers' and Listener's Association. 1977, launched a case against the magaine Gay News for publishing a poem about a roman soldier having sex with Jesus.
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What was the Nationwide Festival of Light
Hyde Park in September 1971 to promote Christian morality and prevent what the organizers saw as the spread of 'moral pollution'. But didn't have impact due to secularization.
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