The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid - Study Guide Chapter 6, Sex and Other Distractions Summary & Analysis

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In 1957, Bill's sister decided that she and Bill were going to see the movie Peyton Place, which was supposed to be a steamy movie. The movie itself was very anticlimactic, as no one got naked, just lots of people talking.

Not long after, Bill would get a little more insight into sex. He came in one Saturday afternoon and found his parents wrestling in bed. They told him that his mother was checking his father's teeth. In those days, it was hard to have sex because of all the various regulations on it. Almost every state outlawed various sexual acts, although the language never really identified the issue as sex so it was kind of confusing. The word "pregnant" wasn't allowed on television and various entertainment acts were shut down for being too suggestive.

Magazines like Playboy...

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