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  • Paperback: 175 pages
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press (January 31, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586178229
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586178222
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Mary Eberstadt is our premier analyst of American cultural foibles and follies, with a keen eye for oddities that illuminate just how strange the country's moral culture has become." ---George Weigel, Ethics and Public Policy Center

"If you want to learn what the Pill and the ensuing sexual revolution really accomplished, you must read Adam and Eve After the Pill. Of course, neo-Malthusians talk up the Pill's benefits: the freedom from having children made it possible for women to pursue serious careers and in the process offered men a new kind of freedom, too. But as Eberstadt writes, how about the increasing unhappiness of women despite their liberation from the chores of raising children? Or husbands' loss of interest in their wives and the corresponding increase in male pornography addiction? Not to be ignored, either, is the effect of the sexual revolution on college campuses by date rapes, hookups, and binge drinking, all of which directly flow from the sexual revolution mandate that women must be sexually available." ---Dr. Raymond Dennehy, University of San Francisco

"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

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Mary Eberstadt is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. She has written widely for magazines and newspapers, among them First Things, Policy Review, the Weekly Standard, the Wall Street Journal, and Commentary.

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It was a well researched and thoughtful book.
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The book is written for me and other non specialists-general readers who want to know more about stuff and why things are wrong and if they can be fixed.
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Mary Eberstadt gives a readable account about the consequences of the sexual revolution.
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94 of 100 people found the following review helpful By John G. Burford IV on March 15, 2012
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I want to start off by saying that I enjoyed this book. It is a shame that a book like this will mostly be read by "the choir": people who already agree with most or all of what the author is saying. Its prose is well-written and its message is important.

I think that my favorite parts of the book were the sections on how our moralities on food and sex have flip-flopped in the past 50 years and on how we view pornography in much the same way that people 50 years ago looked at tobacco. These commentaries were really quite excellent.

In short, the author shows how 50 years ago, food was just a matter of personal tastes and not a matter to get greatly morally concerned over. Nowadays things are quite different, with the explosion of rhetoric about vegetarianism, sustainability, organic foods, fair trade, ethical treatment of livestock, and so on.

Conversely, 50 years ago sexual practices perceived as immoral (divorce, abandonment of your spouse, STDs, homosexuality, out of wedlock pregnancies, pornography, etc.) were commonly and widely looked down upon. Now, those matters are viewed as matters of personal taste and moralizing about them is frowned upon, since they are really nobody's business but the individual person's.

I also enjoyed the comparison of pornography consumption today to tobacco consumption 50 years ago: frequent appeals to personal liberty, denial of science, a sense of resignation that things could ever change, and so on. Of course, things did end up changing, and they changed primarily by the American public's stigmatizing of the behavior.

I did have two criticisms/suggestions though. First, I wish that the author had done more to actually make the case that contraception is bad, pornography is bad, and so on.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on May 30, 2012
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It has been said that "To live without love is a tragedy; to live without sex is inconvenient." But in a sex obsessed culture which is also spiritually numb - if not dead - then the words of Malcolm Muggeridge ring even more true: "Sex is the mysticism of materialism and the only possible religion in a materialistic society."

In 1960 the contraceptive pill burst on the scene, and a few short years later the West experienced what is known as the Sexual Revolution. This revolution - like all significant revolutions - changed everything, and we are still reeling from its impact.

This book is about that impact. In meaty chapters Eberstadt looks at the devastating effects of the Sexual Revolution in general and the Pill in particular. "First, and contrary to conventional depiction, the sexual revolution has proved a disaster for many men and women; and second, its weight has fallen heaviest on the smallest and weakest shoulders in society - even as it has given extra strength to those already strongest and most predatory."

Her first chapter deals with the "will to disbelieve". Despite the fact that we now have mounds of research showing the damaging effects of the Sexual Revolution, the elites, the lefties, and the secularists are all living in denial. They simply refuse to believe anything is amiss in their sexual and social utopia.

Their panglossian take on things means they must deny reality and live in delusion. She offers an eerie and worrying parallel to the anti-anti-communism during the Cold War. Even though we had masses of evidence of communist tyranny, bloodshed, and barbarism, plenty of Western intellectuals refused to believe it.
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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful By A. Compton on March 15, 2012
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This book was a great read- I finished it in 24 hours (and that's saying something for a mom of 3 little ones!) I am so glad that someone took the time to weave together all the empirical data that has come out in the past decade saying that that sex without consequences is a great thing for society. I was impressed by the variety of studies, essays, articles, and polls that she included in her research, as well as all the proper documentation so I can check out some of her sources. I will be recommending this book to pretty much everyone I know. Thank you for your hard work in putting together this book!
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 27, 2012
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I am by no means an academic and found this book to be a very accessible analysis of the state of the West after the sexual revolution. Eberstadt is persuasive in her arguments-- they are based on empirical evidence and are delivered with (sometimes painful) clarity. She unflinchingly examines very difficult topics, such as the effects of the sexual revolution on children and the predatory environment created on many college campuses. It covers contraception, abortion, and pornography as well, emphasizing the societal ills each has caused. "Adam and Eve After the Pill" includes many of the ideas presented in Eberstadt's articles from First Things and other publications, and it is nice to have those ideas collected into a complete book.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Michael Doyle on April 20, 2012
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After I saw this book reviewed on the LifeSite News, I purchased it. I managed to read it in an afternoon. Somehow I expected it to be harder to read, but it was very easy to read - as in not too academic. From the point of view of the content matter, many people might find it harder to take - as their sacred cows are led to the abattoir. The book is an analysis of the consequences of the pill and the accompanying sexual revolution. It's an analysis that is not favorable to the pill, or those who are advocates of sexual liberation.

All said, I enjoyed the book, and would recommend it wholeheartedly.
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