"Welcome to the start of the nude/sexual revolution, in photography"
Jaybird magazine was, obviously, a nude magazine that had photographed people who were members of the sexual revolution in the 60s and even the 70s. Around the same times America was going through wars of civil rights, equality, morality and people were sent to fight for their country, as young as 18, who couldn't buy alcohol and fresh out of high school (a place that does not teach common sense and higher learning)! Modern-day slaves of morality and idealism who tried to distort common sense has belittled the sexual revolution and called hippies "cowards who were afraid to fight for their counrty" and saying that they have "corrupted American standards" with the sexual revolution. The sexual revolution had not, in my opinion, experienced, but it has expressed beauty, joy, freedom, individuality and, to a degree, escapism. Jaybird magazine had only photographed very few of the actual accounts and made it into art and silliness.
While some of the photography honestly and explicitly shows the sensuality and the beauty of the human body, some of the photographs remain twisted with the use of animals (mostly kittens), tampons, nude sports and the use of stuffed animals. Because of this, it would not be a perfect example to show to younger children. On the front cover of some Jaybird magazines, there were headlines of incest as well. Not to say that many people of this era or magazine had actual sex with family members, even the thought of it remains remarkably disturbing and sickening. Even with this said, the purpose of this book as well as Jaybird magazine was to show the freedom of people amid their surroundings on the verge of ruination.
The beauty of it all was that during the sexual revolution which was formed in the 60s, people had finally expressed themselves and had found and formed beautiful things that has been kept down because of fear and ignorance. In this book, also, there are photographs of orgies, interracial sexuality, signs of homosexuality, body paintings, wild poses and style!
While this book should not be considered a main resource for studying and learning about the sexual revolution, this book is heavy enough to provoke ideas and for those who have not learned about the reality of the sexual revolution and even for those who weren't even a part of it at the time (like myself), it's very enlightening and exciting to look at the photographs of people who not only represented beauty, but people who were unafraid to fight for their beliefs no matter what society had believed!
I am 20 years of age as I write this review. I'll say now that I wish I was a part of the sexual revolution in the 60s and the 70s. Although there's a lot more information about, and different ways to explore sexuality, times now have only gotten harder (thanks to retarded consent laws, unruly and misguided feminists, men who abuse their power, the decline of trust and extreme, sadistic conservatives who'll even jeopardize free minds and our future just to bring back old, retrograde values as well as the fear of being thought of as falliable)!
While some may call it utter pornography, I'd prefer to call this the art of pornography and the rise of sexuality. I would be very lonely to consider pornography as art. Sex is art, yes! However, Jaybird is worthy of being called artistic for a number significant reasons (due to beauty, exposure and even how this has had a variety of impacts on American society)!