The Supreme Court And "The Sexual Revolution"

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Griswold v. Connecticut, 381 U.S. 479 (1965). Ibid.

Buckley, Jr., William F. "Crucial Steps in Combating the Aids Epidemic; Identify All the Carriers." New York Times: 18 March 1986. Bowers v. Hardwick 478 U.S. 186 (1986).

Ideas about sex, gender and homosexuality have been changing rapidly over the past several decades in the United States. There are several obvious reasons for this. The primary one is legal: various legal decisions by the United States Supreme Court have altered existing law on the subject of sex and homosexuality, and substantially affected matters of gender as expressed in law. But there has also been a social shift driven by medicine, largely based on response to the AIDS epidemic at its height in the 1980s and 1990s, but also in terms of other medical matters such as contraception and abortion.
To a certain degree, seeing how these matters have progressed since the 1960s gives a good vantage to predicting where they will go in the future. In conclusion, I will look at the future of change on these matters, by examining what seems to be the "avant garde" regarding matters of sex and gender, the phenomenon of transsexualism. I hope an examination of transsexualism will point out some of the contradictions that still continue to exist in American ideas about matters of sex. We are accustomed to referring to a "sexual revolution" in the 1960s, but the actual consequences of that social shift were necessarily reflected in the law. To a

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