MALS (Master of Arts in Liberal Studies)
Date of Award
Committee Chair or Co-Chairs
Elwood D. Watson
Theresa A. Lloyd, Phillip Hatch
In the years between 1950 and 1965, three significant developments in American culture left women struggling to merge the housewife archetype of the Cold War era with changing attitudes toward sexuality. Because of these cultural shifts, the developments that dominate the research presented here are; first, the changing elements in the lives of the women who pass through the halls of academia during this time of societal flux; second, the impact of the development of the birth control pill; and third, the impact of the publications of Playboy magazine and Sex and the Single Girl. These developments mark a shift from an age of idealism that permeated the consciousness of postwar Americans to an age of realism concerning American sexuality.
Thesis - Open Access
Dolinger, Amy Denise, "Playboys, Single Girls, and Sexual Rebels: Sexual Politics 1950-1965: A Trilogy of Significant Developments." (2001). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 128. https://dc.etsu.edu/etd/128
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