Sex Symbols of the 1960s

A tantalizing contradiction seems to exist in the sex symbols of the 1960s, a sexuality that simultaneously offers lust and innocence. Whipped-cream-and-other-delightsPaul McCartney used this iconography on the Out There tour as a stage backdrop for his performance of Paperback Writer.

Barclay's Center, Brooklyn, June 10, 2012

Paul McCartney, Barclay’s Center, Brooklyn, June 10, 2012

The Dandy Warhols used similar imagery while playing Good Morning.

The Dandy Warhols, Terminal 5, New York, May 30, 2012

The Dandy Warhols, Terminal 5, New York, May 30, 2012

The images are provocative – more so than most graphic visuals of today –  as they tiptoe along the line of what might be allowed.

Brigitte Bardot

Brigitte Bardot

Raquel Welch

Raquel Welch

Jane Fonda

Jane Fonda

In other words, it’s not so much the nudity as the pose, a faux timidity almost asking, “Do you mind?” Of course those were different times.cig girl

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