The Sex Myth: The Gap Between Our Fantasies and Reality

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Everyone’s having lots of great sex except you, right? That seems to be the message pop culture sends most of us these days. Magazines bombard us with recommendations for better orgasms, more inventive positions, and boundary-pushing acts meant to shame those who only engage in “vanilla” sex. It used to be that sex was dirty, but now, if the sex isn’t dirty enough, you’re missing out.

Rachel Hills puts this curious cultural development under the microscope in The Sex Myth, exploring how the hyperfocus and perceived permissiveness of modern sexual mores can be as damaging or misleading as the puritanical beliefs about sex that came earlier. Hills offers a wonderfully reassuring tome that disproves numerous myths about modern sexuality and reminds us that sex is about making us feel good and comfortable and desirable, not about keeping up with societal perceptions.

This book is a wonderful counterpoint to the constant media onslaught of “more, faster, better,” couching the discussion in the gulf between perception and what’s actually going on in bedrooms across the country. That sort of balanced perspective is not only desperately needed, but incredibly valuable in a culture where “sex sells” and confusing mixed messages are everywhere.

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Author Rachel Hills
Star Count 4/5
Format Trade
Page Count 267 pages
Publisher Simon & Schuster
Publish Date 2015-Aug-04
ISBN 9781451685787
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Issue December 2015
Category Science & Nature


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