Antiquity[ edit ] Although the ancient Greek theatre genre of the satyr play contained farcical sex, perhaps the best-known ancient comedy motivated by sexual gamesmanship is Aristophanes ' Lysistrata BC , in which the title character persuades her fellow women of Greece to protest the Peloponnesian War by withholding sex. Restoration comedy During the decade —82, sex comedy such as The Country Wife flourished as part of the revival of theatre in England resulting from the Restoration. Sex comedy embraces a realm of drama in which women can be contenders. The war is fought with glances and flirtations, wit and beauty, manipulation and desire. And in this battle, women often win—even if the victory is sometimes equivocal. In the movies, playboys played by Rock Hudson or Tony Curtis would try to bed marriage-minded women played by Doris Day or Marilyn Monroe , and the central question would seem to be "will she or won't she?
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Their culture was first popularized in the Marlon Brando film The Wild One , which tells a story based very loosely on actual events. The film's success was followed by a string of low-budget exploitation films aimed at a teenage audience such as Motorcycle Gang and The Hot Angel But the genre really took off in the mids, after the Hell's Angels motorcycle club became prominent in the media,  in particular, after Hunter S. Thompson 's book Hell's Angels: Films of the s[ edit ] In , director Russ Meyer made Motorpsycho aka Motor Psycho , an obscure film about an evil motorcycle gang led by a disturbed Vietnam War veteran. This film, aimed at the teenage drive-in crowd, was a surprise hit and a new exploitation film subgenre was born.