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The legacy of Scotland's not so 'swinging Sixties'
Kristin Hay looks at the impact and aftermath of the 'sexual revolution' of the Swinging Sixties - did anything really change in Scotland?

Between 1961 and 1962, the first oral contraceptive pill, Enovid, became available on the NHS. By 1964, around 480 000 women were taking one of the 15 brands of oral contraceptives which became available. Coinciding with broader ‘permissive’ changes, the 1960s has been seen as a ‘Sexual Revolution’ in Britain.

Alongside the Beatles and the miniskirt, the cultural memory of the ‘Swinging Sixties’ is defined by the invention of the oral contraceptive pill and its significant impact on British society and culture. 

However, in Scotland these purportedly permissive legislative developments did not necessarily lead to a cultural change in attitudes towards sex, sexuality and family planning. Indeed, in the context of mainland Britain, Scotland was considered to be ‘the other end of the moral scale’ in comparison to London – ‘the centre of permissive society.’

Through oral history testimony, coupled with archival evidence, this talk will look at Scotland’s sexual liberation through the lens of gender, relationships and family planning.

Join Kristin Hay for a c.45-minute online talk, followed by approximately 30 minutes of questions from the audience. The webinar will be recorded and made available to ticket-holders for 7 days after the broadcast.

Jun 29, 2022 06:30 PM in London

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