Adam and Eve After the Pill: Paradoxes of the Sexual Revolution
Though the birth control pill is taken for granted as a fact of life, no single event since Eve took the apple has been as consequential for ... Show synopsis Though the birth control pill is taken for granted as a fact of life, no single event since Eve took the apple has been as consequential for relations between the sexes as the arrival of modern contraception. Indeed, there would have been no sexual revolution without it. Though the sexual revolution has been celebrated as a positive and liberating social force, this book contends that sexual freedom has paradoxically resulted in much unhappiness. This unhappiness is not seen on the surface, where one finds capable women unencumbered by a family breaking through glass ceilings, or childless, two-income couples living in fashionable urban districts and taking expensive, exotic vacations. One must dig a little deeper to see the children of broken homes incapable of satisfying adult relationships, the unprecedented number of young men addicted to pornography, and the young women who have been date-raped in a college dormitory or abandoned after becoming pregnant with their live-in boyfriends child. Mary Eberstadt has dug below the surface and gathered a great deal of evidence that challenges the sanguine assessment of modern contraception. She places before the reader the paradoxical outcomes of the sexual revolution that are often ignored by the cultural mainstream but ought to be thoughtfully considered by anyone concerned about the future of American society.