Science Daily has reported today, Jan. 28, 2013, Penicillin, Not the Pill, May Have Launched the Sexual Revolution. An analysis recently published by the Archives of Sexual Behavior notes that the rise in risky, non-traditional sexual relations that marked the sexual revolution of the '60s actually began as much as a decade earlier, during the conformist '50s. Emory University economist Andrew Francis, who conducted the analysis, has said, "It's a common assumption that the sexual revolution began with the permissive attitudes of the 1960s and the development of contraceptives like the birth control pill. The evidence, however, strongly indicates that the widespread use of penicillin, leading to a rapid decline in syphilis during the 1950s, is what launched the modern sexual era."
Francis says, when penicillin began to drive down the cost of having risky sex, the population began having more of it. He has compared this phenomena to the economic law of demand "When the cost of a good falls, people buy more of the good." Francis has gone on to comment,
"People don't generally think of sexual behavior in economic terms, but it's important to do so because sexual behavior, just like other behaviors, responds to incentives."
Francis has also said that while many factors continued to fuel the sexual revolution during the 1960s and 1970s, the role of the 1950s and penicillin have been largely overlooked. He has said, "The 1950s are associated with prudish, more traditional sexual behaviors. That may have been true for many adults, but not necessarily for young adults. It's important to recognize how reducing the fear of syphilis affected sexual behaviors." Another recent study from Indiana University on sexual behavior has found that many people find sex to be pleasurable with or without the use of a condom or lubricant. In a news release Indiana University has reported, IU study reveals sex to be pleasurable with or without use of a condom or lubricant.
According to a study which was led by Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington researchers, American men and women rated sex to be as highly arousing and pleasurable regardless of whether condoms and/or lubricants were used. Irwin Goldstein, M.D., editor-in-chief of The Journal of Sexual Medicine, has commented, "Understanding current condom use offers health care providers an opportunity to educate those people uncomfortable with condoms but for whom lack of use may lead to significant sexually transmitted infection health risk." Furthermore, keep in mind that AIDs has killed off the sexual revolution for those who are well informed about this life threatening disease which can be spread by having unprotected sexual relations. Dr Harold Mandel Online offers sexual health supplements for sale online at: Sexual Health Supplements.