I believe that there are several pervasive social phenomenon occurring in our current era. One is the dominance of Puritanism.
Puritanism is not merely the repression of sex. It is the repression of all forms of pleasure that are enjoyed by someone else. Clearly, sex is a subset of the larger category Pleasure. Puritans were hostile to dancing and Jazz. They were opposed to all music and singing other than liturgical singing. Stylish clothes were also on the Puritan banned list.
Of course there is always a reverse side to the Puritan quilt. Puritans did encourage sex inside of marriage and encouraged it to be vigorous. Women also wore lavish colorful and sensual undergarments.
I do believe we have entered a very Puritanical era. I see it in the national worldview that is socialist and determined to intrude on every aspect of our lives. It is rampant in California where we are not allowed to eat goose liver pate, horse meat, eggs from chickens forced to live in low income housing and countless other daily intrusions; very much like the Puritan controls of clothing and style.
There is also another element of the Puritan ethic that I learned about when I built a park for Street people. I was incessantly questioned and pressured as to how effectively I was finding jobs and rehabilitation for the Street people who idly hung out at the park. Puritanism is very hostile to people hanging around and enjoying themselves, talking to each other, drinking sugared liquor and basking in the sun.
We want adults to be off the street. We vote astronomical amounts of money to house the homeless who don’t want housing. We focus heavily on poverty to such an extent that our envy of the rich somehow leads us to believe that taxing them will make sure that 5,000 years of human poverty can be erased merely with more government money.
These issues are Puritan issues.