I dunno, I just don\’t.
From the early 60s through to what, the mid 80s? we seem to have had celebs thinking that they can have any piece of young flesh they want willing or unwilling. And they\’re all being called out on it now in the 10s.
And here\’s what I\’m not sure about.
Did this always go on but no one cared about it very much in the past? Stories of Victorian child prostitutes: and I can never remember whether it was Palmerston or Melbourne who shagged a maid on the billiards table. Whichever one it was also fathered a child in his late 70s on a maid. Do these stories mean it always did go on and it\’s only now that societally we think it\’s wrong?
Or, there\’s an alternative.
Such things did go on and do go on: paedophilia, ephebophilia, rape, sexual assault, they do still exist. But that there was a marked rise in these things in that period 60s to mid 80s. Some combination of the breakdown of the previous sexual mores but not yet the establishment of new ones. Now that it was all free love celebrities, those with the social power to take advantage, did.
I guess the first question to ask is whether there was more of this going on in that time period than in others. Not something I expect we\’ll ever get an answer to.
I really don\’t know which is the answer. But I have my suspicions that there\’s a good dose of the second in what happened.