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Adam and Eve After the Pill: Paradoxes of the Sexual Revolution Hardcover – March 1, 2012
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Mary Eberstadt is intimidatingly intelligent. --George Will, The Washington Post
With the skill of a literary surgeon, Eberstadt slices through the chimera of political correctness to lay bare the facts, statistics, and cultural realities of life after the sexual revolution. A compelling and provocative look at why an about-face is needed now to save Western Civilization from a cultural Doomsday, and is the solution to re-establish a healthy and moral cultural ethos. --Johnnette S. Benkovic, Founder of Women of Grace, Television & Radio Show Host, EWTN
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
All said, I enjoyed the book, and would recommend it wholeheartedly.
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good explanation of the deceitfulness of the proponents of Women's Liberation and its connection with abortion.Published 1 month ago by MJTravag
The prevalence of the birth control pill in the modern world is beyond question. Hailed as a great breakthrough for family planning, it has been eagerly embraced and endorsed by... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Pastor Eric
Mary Eberstadt offers an upfront view of the dangers and aftermath of the sexual revolution. This book explores the presuppositions of the sexual revolution and modern culture and... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Catholicpoet
The discussion of the sexual revolution and the effects of the pill gave me some new insights into such things as how the extensive use of contraceptives has contributed to the... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Kathy McNutt
Great to read as a reference book. Learning more about the proper Catholic Church Teachings by Catholic writers.Published 18 months ago by Mctundra
Great book. It is a fairly easy read, though she has excellent diction. It is thoughtful and thought-provoking. Read morePublished 20 months ago by D. Young
Excellent, it gave me a new perspective on many of the problems that society is having. Especially family breakdownPublished 22 months ago by john mc cormack