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Civilized Adultery (1970)

Futurism books and documentaries of the 1970s were adament that attitudes towards sex and sexuality would change drastically by the year 2000.

What I call civilized adultery will exist a great deal more in the 21st century. People will agree with each other, husbands and wives, to have adulterous affairs from time to time quite above board instead of having them secretly behind each other's backs. They will not get upset about these any more than lots of people in other societies in the past, and present, do not get upset about adulterous affairs.

The excerpt above is from an essay by Albert Ellis, featured in the 1970 book Prophecy for the Year 2000.

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Reader Comments (9)

This from the decade that gave us the "key party."

April 24, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAdam Rice

I think this is the first prediction featured on this blog that has actually come true, at least for us here in San Francisco.

April 24, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMattyMatt

I don't think it's a good idea, until we see the end of the STD era.

April 28, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Mattymatt: ditto

April 28, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterKozaburo

That's why I don't live in San Francisco.

May 27, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I believe the author was describing polyamory.

April 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterVeronica

Humans have not changed that much.

Anyone who thinks one partner who actually has feelings for the other would not care if that partner slept around is fooling themselves.

We're still a very jealous species. By all rights biologically, we should still be living in caves.

October 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Open adultery is a good idea. People should be able to choice between a monogamic and polygamic relationship.
Now one doesn't know what kind of relationship one gets into.

November 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBob

@Veronica: I think it's actually Open Marriages

July 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaki P

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