Skip to comments.Aging Sex Icon Raquel Welch: Contraceptives Shattered Marriage, the 'Cornerstone of Civilization'
Posted on 05/12/2010 9:22:54 PM PDT by GonzoII
Wednesday May 12, 2010
Aging Sex Icon Raquel Welch: Contraceptives Shattered Marriage, the 'Cornerstone of Civilization'
By Kathleen Gilbert
May 12, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Once hailed as the female sex symbol Playboy deemed the "Most Desired Woman" of the 1970s, actress Raquel Welch has now taken a more critical look at the contraceptive revolution during which she shot to stardom. In a recent column for CNN, Welch rejoices in the experience of pregnancy, and laments the havoc that the free-sex ethos has wreaked on marriage and family life.
Welch opens her column by noting that, after Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger opened America's first "family-planning clinic" in 1916," "nothing would be the same again."
"Since then the growing proliferation of birth control methods has had an awesome effect on both sexes and led to a sea change in moral values," she wrote. "And as I've grown older over the past five decades -- from 1960 to 2010 -- and lived through this revolutionary period in female sexuality, I've seen how it has altered American society -- for better or worse."
Welch counters the notion that career-minded women must avoid pregnancy at all cost, reflecting favorably on her decision to keep her children - and crediting the pregnancy experience for helping her "realize that this process was not about me." "I was just a spectator to the metamorphosis that was happening inside my womb so that another life could be born. It came down to an act of self-sacrifice, especially for me, as a woman."
While Welch praises the morning-after poll for allowing women to delay childbearing until after establishing a career, she criticizes its separation of sex from its natural consequence - the responsibility of childbearing.
"These days, nobody seems able to 'keep it in their pants' or honor a commitment!" Welch laments - which, as she points out, has led some to question whether marriage is still a "viable option."
In response, says the former Playboy covergirl: "I'm ashamed to admit that I myself have been married four times, and yet I still feel that it is the cornerstone of civilization, an essential institution that stabilizes society, provides a sanctuary for children and saves us from anarchy.
"In stark contrast, a lack of sexual inhibitions, or as some call it, 'sexual freedom,' has taken the caution and discernment out of choosing a sexual partner, which used to be the equivalent of choosing a life partner," she continues. "Without a commitment, the trust and loyalty between couples of childbearing age is missing, and obviously leads to incidents of infidelity. No one seems immune."
Welch describes the horror of her fellow members of the free-sex generation who, now parents themselves, realized the consequences that the contraceptive culture had brought upon the next generation - including rampant oral sex among middle-school-aged children. "The 13-year-old daughter of one such friend freely admitted to performing fellatio on several boys at school on a regular basis," she recounted. "'Aw come on, Mom. It's no big deal. Everyone is doing it,' she said."
Welch concludes: "Seriously, folks, if an aging sex symbol like me starts waving the red flag of caution over how low moral standards have plummeted, you know it's gotta be pretty bad. In fact, it's precisely because of the sexy image I've had that it's important for me to speak up and say: Come on girls! Time to pull up our socks! We're capable of so much better."
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of the seventies? I would think the sixties myself but maybe this old brain is malfin’......
Way too little, way too late.
The author’s bias against a conservative beauty is showing. Raquel was a pin-up person, but I don’t know about being a ‘sex icon’ ... that’s the purview of females like Linda Lovelace.
I will always remember from my childhood those USO shows Bob Hope did from Vietnam that were broadcast on TV, when he would introduce Raquel Welch. As she would prance out onstage in her miniskirt or short-shorts, Bob would say to the troops, “Okay, fella, I just wanted to remind you what you all are fighting for,” which always brought the house down.
I always respected Raquel Welch — though her Hoolywood lifestyle, 4 marriages and so forth weren’t anything to be lauded. But then, even she says that. She seemed to have a brain to match her beauty. And she was ALWAYS patriotic — she supported the troops — she did the USO shows. I can respect that.
Good article overall. Makes sense...
Different times -- for then, this was pretty darn sexy:
And to be quite frank, this (from last year) is also pretty doggone sexy:
Born Sept 5, 1940, twenties through the sixties, thirties through the seventies, and amazing through her sixties.
Huh? What does contraception have to do with oral sex?
My college boyfriend had a poster of Welch over his bed in 1969-71. She WAS a pin-up. I agree with her assessment that the 60’s ruined our culture. Many think the 60’s were the best of America. Not so. The culture shifted and not in a good way.
If you remember the 60's, you weren't there.
FOXNEWS.COM HOME: YOUR WORLD W/ NEIL CAVUTO
Transcript: American Beauty
August 12, 2005
NEIL CAVUTO, HOST: When you think of Hollywood legends or at least when I think of Hollywood legends, my next guest really comes to mind. She's a Golden Globe winner, she's a Broadway star, and did I mention, she is oh gosh she is a knockout. On Saturday [August 13, 2005], actress Raquel Welch will be honored by the Vietnam Veterans of America for entertaining the troops with Bob Hope back in 1968.
When I was 10 years old living in Yokosuka, Japan I went to see "Fantastic Voyage" on the base theater.
By far and beyond, seeing those guys ripping the antibodies off of her skintight diving suit with their bare hands had a real and lasting effect on me.
It was right around that time that I began to think that perhaps girls were not the Enemy...:)
good post and good thoughts buck. and I understand your feelings but, ‘many think’? who is ‘many’? I know of no one who was an adult in the sixties who thought they were the ‘best of America’......after G.F. Powers, BOP, 11/22/’63, ‘the tonkin gulf’ ‘the great society’, ‘vietnam, pueblo, etc. etc. etc. not bangin’ on you and I agree....the sixties culture move was a horror show.
That’s what 70 looks like? I need to learn the name of her plastic surgeon. Wow!
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