Wednesday 7 December 2016

Sexual 'liberation' is meaningless unless you're free to say no

Published 13/09/2013 | 05:00

Marianne Faithfull photograhed in 1966, says sexual liberation in the Sixties was not 'wonderful or wild'
Marianne Faithfull photograhed in 1966, says sexual liberation in the Sixties was not 'wonderful or wild'

'If you remember the 1960s, you weren't there'. So goes the famous saying. But a lot of people who were there, right there in the very epicentre of the Swinging Sixties, do remember it, and a lot of what they remember they do not like.

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The latest famous child of the 1960s to remember the period is Marianne Faithfull in an episode of Who Do You Think You Are? She is as much an icon of the period as Brigitte Bardot or Jane Fonda. But we like Marianne better than tho se two because she lived in London, which is close to us, because there's a vulnerable, dreamy quality about her, and because she has spent a lot of her life in this country.

As you can probably guess, I'm about to write a critique of the excesses of the 1960s and it might be suspected that my real agenda in writing such a piece is to try and 'drag us back' to the 1950s.

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