Adam and Eve After the Pill
Paradoxes of the Sexual Revolution
By Mary Eberstadt
Length: 175 pages
Edition: Hardcover and Kindle
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
This ground-breaking book by noted essayist and author Mary Eberstadt contends that sexual freedom has paradoxically
produced widespread discontent. Drawing on sociologists Pitirim Sorokin, Carle Zimmerman, and others; philosopher
G.E.M. Anscombe and novelist Tom Wolfe; and a host of feminists, food writers, musicians, and other voices from
across today's popular culture, Eberstadt makes her contrarian case with an impressive array of evidence. Her chapters
range across academic disciplines and include supporting evidence from contemporary literature and music, women's
studies, college memoirs, dietary guides, advertisements, television shows, and films.
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.
"With the skill of a literary surgeon, Eberstadt slices through the chimera
of political correctness to lay bare the facts, statistics, and cultural realities of life after the sexual revolution.
A compelling and provocative look at why an about-face is needed now to save Western Civilization from a cultural
Doomsday, and is the solution to re-establish a healthy and moral cultural ethos."
- Johnnette S. Benkovic, Founder of Women of Grace®, Television &
Radio Show Host, EWTN
"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. 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
- 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
"Adam and Eve After the Pill is a game-changer. Through careful research and compelling arguments, Mary Eberstadt blows
the lid off of the lies of the sexual revolution, and establishes once and for all that the Pill has not been good
for women -- or for men."
- Jennifer Fulwiler, Blogger, National
"Adam and Eve After the Pill offers a sobering but superior evaluation of the contraception fallout. 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. Hopefully it will also lead to the world taking another
look at a long-ignored, much maligned, but truly prophetic encyclical of Humanae
- Teresa Tomeo, Motivational Speaker, Best Selling Catholic Author, Syndicated
Catholic Talk Show Host
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.
Version: 12th May 2012