Mister D: Brazilian BetteHead, Cris, sent this in. It started airing on May 12th, 2008, but I’m sure VH1 runs it incessantly, so be on the lookout for it….Bette supposedly is brought up in episode 3. Should be interesting. Also Bruce Vilanch is one of the guest commentators….
The New York Post
THE ‘SEX’ FILES
By LINDA STASI
May 12, 2008 — YOU say you want a revolution?
VH1’s got one for you, and it’s called “Sex: The Revolution,” a four-part documentary beginning tonight.
The sexual revolution, like most other revolutions, took plenty of prisoners, cost a lot and when it was all over, nobody was sure who’d won.
In case you weren’t born yet or were a soldier in the sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll revolution and therefore have no memory of the 1960s and ’70s, this four parter will bring it all back home with movie and news clips, interviews with sexual revolutionaries and commentary.
I always thought the sexual revolution was something made up by ugly guys to get girls to take off their clothes. It all began with Alfred Kinsey – not exactly a looker – and his “Kinsey Report” that shocked America in the 1940s and ’50s with details of Americans’ sex lives. This was followed by Hugh Hefner (another one who was as nasty-looking as original sin) who published his first edition of “Playboy” with naked Marilyn Monroe pictures.
Then came the 1960s and free love. Like free lunch, there is no free love – everything comes with a price, and this one cost plenty. There are figures floating around that Internet sex Web sites alone are a $20 billion-a-year business now!
Episode One is called “Save it for Marriage,” which takes in the mores of the 1950s up through the birth control pill, which freed women up to have sex whenever and with whomever they wanted. You might not have gotten the guy afterwards, but you weren’t going to get a baby from the experience either.
Episode Two is called “The Big Bang” and focuses on the late 1960s with its mantras, “Make love not war” and “Drugs, sex and rock ‘n roll.”
Episode Three, “Do Your Thing,” takes us into the 1970s with “Burn the Bra,” and porno chic like “Deep Throat” and “Behind the Green Door,” a porn flick in which the Ivory Snow girl got down and dirty. There was nasty Forty Second Street, and Bette Midler at the Continental Baths, and the truly terrible “Hustler” magazine.
Episode Four, “Tainted Love,” takes us to the sex and hipster clubs like “Studio 54” and “Plato’s Retreat,” and other retreats just for swingers. And like all intense morality tales, this one ends badly with the outbreak of AIDS and supposedly a leveling off of the wild times with AIDS education.
What this otherwise terrific series doesn’t cover is the aftermath: the 2000s when girls willingly take their clothes off for the sleazy “Girls Gone Wild” videos and even kids like Miley Cyrus who take their clothes off and pose provocatively. Why did so many women forget their worth? Easy! The ugly guys won the sexual revolution.
“Sex: The Revolution”