The Importance Of Free Love

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Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice came out in theaters at a time when the world was beginning to change due to the power that women were given allowing them to take their lives into their own hands. The power was given to them in the form of a pill that let them dictate how they controlled their own fertility. This meant that now they had the option of choosing to take a different path than that of the traditional quintessential housewife. Before the invention of birth control which even after its invention took a little more than a decade to legalize for public use in all respects, women were already having sex before marriage. The fact was that society still looked down on it and unplanned pregnancies resulted in women being forced to marry, get …show more content…
Free love was a social movement aimed at keeping the government out of the bedroom. Young women and also men were questioning why the government was dictating how they live their lives, why they regulated and illegalized a perfectly safe and efficient drug from the public and if married couples had the right to practice safe sex then why couldn’t everyone else? Coupled with the fact that adultery was still a crime the youth decided that they weren’t going to adhere to the governments expected social norms. Government had no right to regulate and condemn them for how and when they loved or expressed themselves sexually …show more content…
The middle generation was not sure of the moral ambiguity of the new generation and how to receive it as is shown in Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice until the end when they realized that it really wasn’t for them when they eventually took it too far. The Middle generation’s uncertainty of moral ambiguity was the same in some ways for a lot of the aspects the new generation was fighting to change. The old generation was completely against it, the new one was completely for it; and the middle generation was on the fence pretty much agreed with some and disagreed with others. They couldn’t completely commit and keep up with the twenty year olds as they strove for sexual freedom and do as they pleased because they had families and different values. As much as they wanted to be a part of the movement wholly and completely, they still had those old values inside as is shown by Bob’s outbursts at Carol’s apathetic reaction to his infidelity and his anger at his discovery of her infidelity, also by Ted’s initial refusal to participate in the

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