As my blog title suggests, I used to be a big proponent of Feminism. I was a card carrying member of NOW, supported Planned Parenthood, and ardently argued for "equality" between the genders. Adam and Eve After the Pill by Mary Eberstadt was one of the first books I read when I was trying to learn more about the roots of feminism and how it is impacting our society. This book was part of the groundwork for my decision to leave feminism and learn more about biblical womanhood, so I thought it would be good if I reread it and wrote a review of it.
Adam and Eve After the Pill is a fairly academic text written to explain the consequences of the sexual revolution. In this text Eberstadt asks the question of why so many women and men are unhappy if the sexual revolution was to our benefit. In her collections of data, opinions, and interviews Eberstadt makes the case that the revolution was in fact not a liberating wave freeing women from social bondage but rather a new kind of bondage tying women (and men) to an increasingly sexualized culture rampant with discontent. Eberstadt writes,
This resolute refusal to recognize that the revolution falls heaviest on the youngest and most vulnerable shoulders- beginning with the fetus and proceeding up through children and adolescents- is perhaps the most vivid example of the denial surrounding the fallout of the sexual revolution (29).Overall, I give Adam and Eve After the Pill a solid A+. I don't think that many Christians today are fully aware of what "the pill" has done to family and society in general. Understanding what is meant by the term "sexual revolution" and what the feminist movement has actually accomplished made it clear to me that Feminism was not for me. I think that this book is an excellent tool to help Christians determine if "the pill" is right for them and their family. I would strongly recommend this book to high school juniors and seniors getting ready to embark on adulthood. They need a full understanding of what "the pill" is and what it does, not just the party line given by mainstream media.