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This is a phrase that a quick google search revealed to be applied to a woman called Margaret Mead, who was an anthropologist and wrote a very important book called Coming of Age in Samoa. This book is the author's account of her voyage to the island of Tau in the American Samoa and the author's own revelations about her ideas of sex as a result of viewing the sexual mores of this radically different culture and society. Mead turned her account of her time in this people group into an attack on her own society and the narrow, religious-based sexual mores that it possessed, arguing that they were traditional and repressive.
Immediately, her work was seized upon by thinkers and academics and it became something of a key text that helped fan the flamed of the "Roaring Twenties" and the decadent Jazz Age, which featured permissiveness and hedonism. In retrospect, she is refered to as the Prophet of the Sexual Revolution because so many of her ideas, written in the 20s, actually became the cornerstone of the sexual revolutions in America much later, in the 1960s and 1970s.
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