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Free love grew as a concept out of the 'hippy era'. Free love and peace were ideals that the younger generation pursued.
The sexual revolution of the 1960's defined love as a cynical and old fashioned idea. People were encouraged not to persue love but rather be free - to 'be with' whomever they desired without commitment, obligation or responsibility.
this view of love was reactionary - In particular a reaction against the traditional gender roles of men and women, the ideal of monogamous marriages, and essentially ran alongside the outspoken women of the world as part of the women's liberation movement demanding equal rights for women.
traditional symbols of this era include the peace sign, the 'v' for peace, slogans like 'make love not war' etc.

To summarise the nineteen sixties sexual revolution and its consequences...
  • Sexuality became political, emerging as an axis around which new social movements organised.
  • Shifts in the relations between women and men, particularly those inspired by the emergent women’s liberation movements.
  • women’s increased presence in the public realm and personal autonomy concerning reproductive choices and sexual expression.
  • The political mobilisation of the gay & lesbian movements.
  • A destabilising of the rigid boundary between the private family and the public realm.
  • Reforms in the legal and medical regulation of sexuality.
  • The increased commercialisation and commodification of sexuality through pornography and mass media.
  • relaxation of censorship laws.
More here but be aware the author has a very feminist perspective.