The Obama administration ignited a firestorm when the Health and Human Services department issued a mandate in early 2012 requiring Catholic employers and insurance companies to pay for contraception. But beneath this mandate is a line of thought, one that goes unchallenged in many circles: that contraception is a universal good, and the right to have free access to it transcends any religious objections or moral codes. This reasoning would have been unthinkable fifty years ago. What happened between then and now? The answer is the sexual revolution.
Secular and religious thinkers agree: the sexual revolution is one of the most important milestones in human history. Perhaps nothing has changed life for so many, so fast, as the severing of sex and procreation. But what has been the result?
Adam and Eve after the Pill examines as no book has before the seismic social changes caused by the sexual revolution. In examining human behavior in the post-liberation world, Eberstadt provocatively asks: Is food the new sex? Is pornography the new tobacco?
Adam and Eve after the Pill will change the way readers view the paradoxical impact of the sexual revolution on ideas, morals, and humanity itself... read more
THE AUTHOR Mary Eberstadt is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, consulting editor to Policy Review, and contributing writer to First Things. Her articles have appeared in the Weekly Standard, the American Spectator, Commentary, the Los Angeles Times, the London Times, and the Wall Street Journal. Her previous books include The Loser Letters and Home-Alone America. See more on the Author page.
PRAISE FOR ADAM AND EVE
AFTER THE PILL
"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."
— Kathryn Jean Lopez,
editor-at-large, National Review Online
"If we have eyes to see and ears to hear, this book will help women, men, and young adults connect the dots between the so called sexual revolution and a never ending list of societal ills."
— Teresa Tomeo,
Syndicated Catholic Talk Show Host
"A compelling and provocative look at why an about-face is needed now to save Western Civilization from a cultural Doomsday." — Johnnette S. Benkovic, Founder of Women of Grace®, Television & Radio Show Host, EWTN
"Through careful research
and compelling arguments, Mary Eberstadt blows the lid off of the lies
of the sexual revolution."
— Jennifer Fulwiler, National Catholic Register blogger
"This is a brilliant, serious work of the kind we've needed for decades, and it's also entirely accessible, even winsome, in its prose."
— Joseph Bottum
Mary Eberstadt is "intimidatingly intelligent".
— George Will, The Washington Post
"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."
— Dr.Raymond Dennehy, University of San Francisco