The Sex Myth: The Gap Between Our Fantasies and Reality

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Simon and Schuster, Aug 4, 2015 - Social Science - 288 pages
From a bold new feminist voice, a book that will change the way you think about your sex life.

Fifty years after the sexual revolution, we are told that we live in a time of unprecedented sexual freedom; that if anything, we are too free now. But beneath the veneer of glossy hedonism, millennial journalist Rachel Hills argues that we are controlled by a new brand of sexual convention: one which influences all of us—woman or man, straight or gay, liberal or conservative. At the root of this silent code lies the Sex Myth—the defining significance we invest in sexuality that once meant we were dirty if we did have sex, and now means we are defective if we don’t do it enough.

Equal parts social commentary, pop culture, and powerful personal anecdotes from people across the English-speaking world, The Sex Myth exposes the invisible norms and unspoken assumptions that shape the way we think about sex today.
 

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In the 1940s and 1950s, Kinsey study data research was released and it provoked a great deal of controversy whilst it also opened up society’s collective eyes to the spectrum of human sexuality. Over ... Read full review

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I received that ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Overall Impression: Hills does a great job of bringing to light a new form of sexual monitoring that as sprung from our new ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
This Is Not What Liberation Looks Like
11
An Act Unlike Any Other
35
The Trouble with Normal
55
The Importance of Desire
83
Inside the Boys Club
109
The MadonnaGaga Complex
139
The Performance Premium
167
Why Weve Got It Wrong
193
Beyond the Sex Myth
207
Acknowledgments
215
Bibliography
241
Index
257
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Rachel Hills is an Australian journalist living in New York City. Her work has been published widely both in print and online, in publications including Vogue, NYMag.com, Cosmopolitan, The Atlantic, The Daily Beast, and many others. Her blog, Musings of an Inappropriate Woman (RachelHills.Tumblr.com), has more than 100,000 subscribers spanning the globe. The Sex Myth is her first book.

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