The Case Against the Sexual Revolution (Paperback)
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The Case Against the Sexual Revolution (Paperback)

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Published: 03/06/2022
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Ditching the stuffy hang-ups and benighted sexual traditionalism of the past is an unambiguously positive thing. The sexual revolution has liberated us to enjoy a heady mixture of erotic freedom and personal autonomy. Right?

Wrong, argues Louise Perry in her provocative new book. Although it would be neither possible nor desirable to turn the clock back to a world of pre-60s sexual mores, she argues that the amoral libertinism and callous disenchantment of liberal feminism and our contemporary hypersexualised culture represent more loss than gain. The main winners from a world of rough sex, hook-up culture and ubiquitous porn – where anything goes and only consent matters – are a tiny minority of high-status men, not the women forced to accommodate the excesses of male lust. While dispensing sage advice to the generations paying the price for these excesses, she makes a passionate case for a new sexual culture built around dignity, virtue and restraint.

This counter-cultural polemic from one of the most exciting young voices in contemporary feminism should be read by all men and women uneasy about the mindless orthodoxies of our ultra-liberal era.

Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
ISBN: 9781509549993
Number of pages: 200
Weight: 295 g
Dimensions: 213 x 135 x 18 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"This clear-sighted, compassionate book challenges the reigning sexual orthodoxy of 'anything goes', showing the many uncounted costs it imposes on women. A must-read for conservatives and feminists alike."Mary Harrington, Contributing Editor, UnHerd "In this thoughtful, timely and witty book, Louise Perry exposes the travesty of 'sex positive' feminism as neither positive nor sexy and argues for new thinking which puts women's true interests, desires and happiness at its heart."Janice Turner, Times columnist and feature writer "books such as Perry's matter […] many of her arguments — that consent is an inadequate measure of what is and is not abuse, that the valuing of sexual freedom over mutual dependency benefits the most privileged at the expense of the least, that physical strength differences between men and women matter enormously — seem to me hugely important, yet completely absent from so much of the feminism I have known."The Critic "... tackles the costs of the sexual revolution head-on... a brave and unflinching book"Nina Power, author of What Do Men Want? "This is a marvellously essential book, brilliantly argued. Perry has written the most radical feminist challenge to a failed liberal feminism."Phyllis Chesler, writer, feminist and psychologist, author of Women and Madness "Brilliantly conceived and written, this highly original book is an urgent call for a sexual counter-revolution. A book as stimulating as the splash of icy water that wakes someone from a nightmare."Helen Joyce, author of Trans: When Ideology Meets Reality "Those feminists who assume this book is not for them – give it a go. Brilliantly written, cleverly argued, packed with fascinating ideas and information: agree or disagree with the central premise, it is fresh and exciting."Julie Bindel, feminist and writer, author of ​Feminism for Women "... crisply readable polemic...."The Times "It's a combination of beliefs that will outrage almost everyone. Radical feminists, the old-guard 1960s firebrands, will agree with her on porn, but be aghast by the chapter on marriage; social conservatives will love the marriage chapter, but bristle at Perry’s approval of abortion; the new generation of liberal feminists, who have known nothing but sexual freedom, may well despise it all."The Sunday Times "clear-sighted"Suzanne Moore, The Sunday Telegraph "She's right - and courageous."Mary Kenny "urgent and daring and brave. It may turn out to be one of the most important feminist books of its time."Rachel Cooke, The Observer "... Louise Perry lobs a grenade into feminist discourse."Irish Examiner "This is a provocative book. More than once, its author says the unsayable. It makes you think, and it makes you want for a better world. It is urgent and daring and brave. It may turn out to be one of the most important feminist books of its time."Rachel Cooke, The Guardian "challenging and thought-provoking."Hugo Rifkind, The Times "... will ruffle liberal feathers all over the coop."London Magazine "Perry undeniably has a sharp eye both for the ways in which contemporary feminism risks eating itself... and for those guilty feminist moments where emotions awkwardly refuse to comply with the theoretical ideal. Any woman who has ever had what was meant to be a gloriously hedonistic no-strings fling, only to find herself anxiously checking her WhatsApps just to see if he's called, will recognise something here."Gaby Hinsliff, the New Statesman "This could be a movement in its nascent days."Prospect "[Perry's] book suggests a renewed bibliography that enables the reader to grasp the paradoxes at play within liberal feminism's theses."Lola Salem, The Critic "This 'crisply readable' polemic questions whether sexual freedom is really as liberating as it sounds"The Week "Riveting"The Spectator "Perry musters and masters the evidence. Her case is powerful, moving, and — as you may be able to tell from the tone of this piece — angering."Church Times "Arguing that young women need to protect themselves from a sexual culture that treats them as disposable, Perry urges them to draw from the accumulated wisdom of previous generations."Michelle Goldberg, The New York Times "[Perry] is writing on behalf of legions of women without PhDs or platforms, those who do not possess the ideological jargon to describe what they've endured and can only share their lived experiences."Jonathon van Maren for the European Conservative "Brave, excoriating, and magnificent."Andrew Wilson, The Gospel Coalition "Must-read"Rod Dreher, The American Conservative "The book is brave, bristling with insights, and beautifully written."National Review "significant.... Perry is to be commended for her courage."The Evangelical Times

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Aldo Palumbo

“illuminating and persuasive”

Perry's reasoning is as clear as her sentences are crafted. This is an easy read on a difficult subject. It’s precise and substantiated throughout lighting a path through the dark woods of desire towards autonomy... More

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“Excellent Book on a Tricky Topic”

I bought this book after seeing an interview with the author, when I found her to be articulating what I had felt for a long time. As a young(ish) woman, I would recommend anyone and everyone to read this, but... More

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