Adam and Eve After the Pill
Publication Date: January 31, 2013
Paradoxes of the Sexual Revolution
Adam and Eve After the Pill by Mary Eberstadt sheds new light on the impact of the Sexual Revolution, with her thought-provoking examination of some of the most significant paradoxes that emerged as a result. Taking a look at no-fault divorce, abortion, pornography, single motherhood and other related topics, Eberstadt shows how modern society has been deeply influenced by these changes. Drawing on research and statistics from sociologists Pitirim Sorokin, Carle Zimmerman, as well as G.E.M Anscombe and Tom Wolfe, she offers an engaging yet professional analysis of both secular and religious perspectives on reclaiming our connection with sex, family and children. Whether challenging current development policies or responding to popular culture figures, Adam and Eve After the Pill delves into a range of perspectives from all areas of life. With provocative insights backed up by robust evidence, this book provides thought-provoking commentary for anyone interested in exploring the effects of this landmark transformation in human history.
"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