The sexual revolution =/= female liberation.

From the book “Female Chauvenist Pigs” by Ariel Levy, pg. 195:

“Erica Jong’s Fear of Flying, published in 1973, famously introduced Americans to the idea that a woman might desire a consequence-free “zipless fuck.” “I had to create the zipless fuck to rebel against my fifties upbringing,” she said. “I told my daughter the other day, ‘Your generation does it; my generation just talked about .’ I look at my daughter and her friends in their twenties and they are reveling in their sexuality. They don’t feel guilty, and why should they? Men never did. Right now, they’re young and beautiful and full of energy and they don’t necessarily want to have a relationship, or even necessarily have a guy stay the whole night!

“But I would be happier if my daughter and her friends were crashing through the glass ceiling instead of the sexual ceiling,” Jong continued. “Being able to have an orgasm with a man you don’t love or having Sex and the City on television, that is not liberation. If you start to think about women as if we’re all Carrie on Sex and the City, well, the problem is: You’re not going to elect Carrie to the Senate or to run your company. Let’s see the Senate fifty percent female; let’s see women in decision-making positions– that’s power. Sexual freedom can be a smokescreen for how far we haven’t come.”

Amen.

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