The Sexes: German Reform

West Germany officially loosened its chastity belt a notch with the ratification by the Bundesrat of a new German sex law. Part of a general overhaul of the country's archaic 19th century penal code, the sweeping reforms were finally hammered out after three years of angry debate in the West German Parliament. Said a spokesman for Chancellor Willy Brandt's Social Democratic Party: "All the law does is catch up with the times and protect the freedom of the individual to sexual determination."

From now on, Germans can engage in wife swapping without fear of being arrested as pimps, a liability under the...

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