Christine Emba talks about her book "Rethinking Sex: A Provocation"

Christine Emba's book, "Rethinking Sex: A Provocation," is written for younger generations whose experience of sex, she argues, has been disappointing. She revisits basic questions of what sex is for, and argues that casual sex has been a bad deal for younger people because it has been devalued and minimized. Chrisrine comes from a conservative background where sex was, she says, overvalued. She's trying to find a middle ground.


Christine told me she wrote the book to explore "what was ailing our sexual culture, that these malaise-filled encounters had become so common. What assumptions were we holding about sex that weren't serving us, that might actually be false? Where did we think the sexual revolution should have taken us, and where did we actually end up? And the big question in this book, what ethic do we need to have good sex if consent isn't enough?"

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