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The Sex Myth - Rachel Hills

Paperback Published: 29th July 2015
ISBN: 9780670076925
Number Of Pages: 272

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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 stories 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.

About the Author

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, has more than 100,000 subscribers spanning the globe. The Sex Myth is her first book.

Industry Reviews

'In a book that is both assured and reassuring, Hills reminds us that there are as many sexualities as there are people, and that most of us find sex fun, intimate, communicative, and pleasurable. Which means - big exhale - we're probably doing it right.' Michael Kimmel, author of Guyland

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Rachel Hills' The Sex Myth is by far one of the most relieving books I have ever read. Her analysis of popular culture and the way we (in the English speaking world) view sex left me feeling, refreshingly, normal. Usually I'm not one for non-fiction books but after reading the introduction I almost screamed 'yes'! This book untangles our sex lives in ways that I couldn't possibly explain, especially with Hills' precision and finesse. Her analysis opened my mind to the interactions in my life (and quite possibly most people's lives), which I had not noticed, putting into words those thoughts and feelings I haven't been able to fully conceptualise or explain. As a woman in her twenties this is a book that I want to scream about and a book I will pass on to my friends (actually I've already bought a copy for a friends birthday). I'm so glad that I am able to read this now, as a relatively young person, it has cleared away my anxieties about my current sex life, and, I feel as though it has lifted some future burdens (which without reading this book I probably would have allowed myself to stress about too much). But most of all, this book has taught me that we are all normal, but a normal in the way that there is no 'normal'. The diverse arguments and voices Hills writes about has finally affirmed, to me, that there are so many variations of 'normal', that there really isn't one 'normal', so therefore everyone is 'normal'. If you read the book this will hopefully make sense to you. It's a very liberating lesson and I feel blessed that I am able to understand it at such a young age. Especially because I feel this kind of liberation is often reserved for older women, (considered to be heading into the twilight years of their sex lives) which of course is ridiculous assumption, made even more ridiculous after reading The Sex Myth. I hope that everyone (not just women) who comes across this book reads it, because it's one that will change the way you view your life. It's relieving, it's liberating, it's intelligent, it is a book that will make you feel better and more secure about yourself.

Wollongong, Australia

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ISBN: 9780670076925
ISBN-10: 9780670076925
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 29th July 2015
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 16.0  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1