Students were also more willing to have sex outside of committed relationships because birth control was increasingly available. Oral sex was also on the rise, entering the lives of many young people.
Beginning in the late 1960s, the Women's Movement enforced the idea that women, like men, were sexual beings who had desires and the right to receive pleasure.
This new drive to experience and understand one's own sexuality—combined with the freeing nature of drugs and alcohol—created an environment wherein people felt comfortable expressing their sexuality.
In the most recent decades and in the beginning of the 21st century, it has become clear that dating has evolved dramatically.
Now with their own modes of transportation and much more freedom, young people began going out to restaurants or to the cinema to have fun, instead of having lengthy discussions with the woman's parents.