A Question about the Sexual Revolution

Writing in the Wall Street Journal culture section last week, Mary Eberstadt, a cultural analyst, discusses four myths that surround the issue of women and the sexual revolution.

The question she asks regarding the fourth myth about women and happiness is intriguing. Remarking on a major study by economists Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers, she asks, why are women increasingly becoming "unhappy?"

Eberstadt just published a new book, Adam and Eve After the Pill: Paradoxes of the Sexual Revolution. Regardless of your stance on birth control, one can't deny that it changed the world.


"Myth No. 2: If it weren't for the Catholic Church, no one would be talking about contraception anyway."

And if it weren't for Jews no one in San Francisco would be talking about circumcision. And if it weren't for Muslims no one in France would talk about burqas.

Other people's rituals are sometimes obscure but they think they have a good reason for them. And more important for my point of view, if one harmless custom that is important to someone else, can be assaulted another can.

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