Five Things You (Probably) Don’t Know About the Sexual Revolution

Fun details about the Sexual Revolution

Jacob Wilkins
Lessons from History


Marilyn Monroe and Tom Ewell in The Seven Year Itch from 20th Century Fox, 1955 (Wikimedia Commons)

The Sexual Revolution was a cocktail of feminism, liberalism, and anti-conservatism, with traditional values being pushed aside.

Decades later, it remains a hot topic of conversation. While some believe the revolution went too far, others celebrate its advancements.

Regardless of your own personal opinion, there are plenty of interesting facts to discover about the Sexual Revolution, including the five discussed in this article.

1. The First Issue of Playboy Magazine Featured a Nude Photograph of Marilyn Monroe

A photograph of Marilyn Monroe by an unknown photographer, 1954 (Wikimedia Commons)

In the early 1950s, Hugh Hefner wanted something special to boost the sales of the first issue of Playboy magazine.

Back in 1949, a Los Angeles photographer had shot several nude pictures of Marilyn Monroe. Hefner, having discovered that the John Baumgarth Calendar Company of Chicago owned the rights to the photographs, arrived at the company and negotiated a deal with Baumgarth.