Because the 1950s were a time of great repression of both sexuality and women, Marilyn was viewed by some as 'immoral' because she revolutionized the way sex was viewed.
When the nude calendar story broke, the studios went into a panic, the country was poised for the scandal of the year: that the fresh young starlet Marilyn Monroe was the naked, unashamed woman hanging on walls across the country. And then.....Marilyn was the breath of fresh air that
the stale social morays needed. Instead of being ashamed, instead of performing spin control or trying to garner sympathy, she not only held her head high and admitted it....she made jokes about it, saying she had nothing on but the radio. Her candor and honesty was refreshing to
the public, and with it, very subtly, the nation's views on women's sexuality began to change. Marilyn was a rare woman- she could seduce and entice men, yet still seem suitable to bring home to mother. She could endear herself to women without them feeling threatened. Most
importantly, she showed the world that you could be a sexual being, you could be aware of and even revel in your own body without being slutty. She was that rare woman who could retain elegance while undressed, and this showed the women of America that yes, you could be
sexual without being immodest, that you could be sensual without being crass, that you could seduce and please your husband at night and still be a proper society woman during the day. Without her bringing sex to the forefront of the American conscience, I don't know that the
sexual revolution that followed in the 1960's might have occurred.
Many people feel threatened by strong women who are comfortable in their body and their sexuality, and those women are immediately called 'sluts' or 'whores', even if they are in a series of long-term monogamous relationships like Marilyn was.
I'd also like to note that Marilyn was NOT ''on drugs''. She did not 'party', she did not use any type of recreational drugs AT ALL. She ONLY had doctor prescribed prescriptions for Nembutal, chloral hydrate, and limbrium which were all prescribed to treat her anxiety and insomnia. Back then doctors didn't realize how addictive or harmful they were.
Marilyn Monroe historian and investigative writer. Have studied her for 18 years and own over 90 books about her.