About the Author

I am a New York-based (born in Sydney, most recently via London) journalist who is interested in the space where the personal meets the political, or what I call "the politics of everyday life." The books that inspired me most growing up were those that put individual experiences into social and political context - books like The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf, Female Chauvinist Pigs by Ariel Levy, Status Anxiety by Alain de Botton, or The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan. Understanding how my life fit into a bigger picture helped me to feel less alone, and helped me make sense of my experiences. The Sex Myth is my attempt to follow in the tradition of the books I loved. A product of six years' research, including interviews with women and men across three continents, it grew out of the feelings of insecurity and inadequacy I felt about my sex life in the first half of my twenties. When I realized I wasn't alone in these feelings, I set out to understand the cultural context that had created them. What did we believe about sex, and where did those ideas come from? What was the current sexual ideal, and how were real people engaging with it? As I argue in The Sex Myth, sex is a fraught and symbolically loaded subject in our society, meaning that the choices we make when it comes to sex hold a heavy weight for many people. My hope is that this book will help to ease that weight a little, and to provide you with a new, socially and politically grounded, way of thinking about your experiences with sex. If you'd like to stay in touch with my work, you can find me at www.rachelhills.net, or subscribe to my newsletter at www.tinyletter.com/rachelhills

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