Secular and religious thinkers agree: the sexual revolution is one of the most important milestones in human history. Perhaps nothing has changed life for so many, so fast, as the severing of sex and procreation. But what has been the result?
This ground-breaking book by noted essayist and author Mary Eberstadt contends that sexual freedom has paradoxically produced widespread discontent. Drawing on sociologists Pitirim Sorokin, Carle Zimmerman, and others; philosopher G.E.M. Anscombe and novelist Tom Wolfe; and a host of feminists, food writers, musicians, and other voices from across today's popular culture, Eberstadt makes her contrarian case with an impressive array of evidence. Her chapters range across academic disciplines and include supporting evidence from contemporary literature and music, women's studies, college memoirs, dietary guides, advertisements, television shows, and films.
Adam and Eve after the Pill examines as no book has before the seismic social changes caused by the sexual revolution. In examining human behavior in the post-liberation world, Eberstadt provocatively asks: Is food the new sex? Is pornography the new tobacco?
Adam and Eve after the Pill will change the way readers view the paradoxical impact of the sexual revolution on ideas, morals, and humanity itself.
This is a brilliant, serious work of the kind we've needed for decades, and it's also entirely accessible, even winsome, in its prose.
- Joseph Bottum
The federal government - our United States federal government - is currently pushing the views expressed in this book to the sidelines. Adam and Eve after the Pill is a protest vote - a first among many. The Catholic bishops didn't just dream up a fight over contraception; it was forced on them, as Catholics' conscience rights have been directly trampled on. It's a moment for a badly needed education and reflection on the immiseration of the last few decades - one that has pitted Adam and Eve against one another in a most unnatural way. Mary Eberstadt's book is a treasure and a resource and a cultural catechesis. Please read it. And then share it.
-Kathryn Jean Lopez, editor-at-large, National Review Online
Adam and Eve After the Pill is a game-changer. Through careful research and compelling arguments, Mary Eberstadt blows the lid off of the lies of the sexual revolution, and establishes once and for all that the Pill has not been good for women -- or for men.
- Jennifer Fulwiler, Blogger, National Catholic Register
Adam and Eve After the Pill offers a sobering but superior evaluation of the contraception fallout. If we have eyes to see and ears to hear, this book will help women, men, and young adults connect the dots between the so called sexual revolution and a never ending list of societal ills. Hopefully it will also lead to the world taking another look at a long-ignored, much maligned, but truly prophetic encyclical of Humanae Vitae.
- Teresa Tomeo, Motivational Speaker, Best Selling Catholic Author, Syndicated Catholic Talk Show Host