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The Sex Myth: The Gap Between Our Fantasies and Reality By Rachel Hills, The Sex Myth Book by Rachel Hills Official Publisher The first layer of the Sex Myth was the most obvious the media myth of a hypersexual society, visible in everything from moral panics over wayward youth to the saturation of sexual content in popular culture to the idea that to be sexually liberated to be confident, free, and, above all, true to ourselves meant being sexual in one very particular way. The Sex Myth Why Everything We re Told Is Wrong by Brooke Community Reviews The Sex Myth is a deeply interesting statistical analysis of some of the most pervasive notions regarding human sexual behavior, sexuality, sex work, and sexual politics Magnanti makes easy reading of observational studies Thoroughly interesting book with loads and loads of references and good arguments. The Sex Myth The Gap Between Our Fantasies and Reality Feb , The Sex Myth provides a clarifying framework for understanding new versions of old contradictions Hills makes a smart argument against that strain of neo or anti feminism that would have women rebel against objectification by objectifying ourselves Source Top myths about sex medicalnewstoday Myths About Sex You Still Believe The Sex Myth by Rachel Hills blinkist The Sex Myth is about the various myths and misunderstandings that surround people s sexuality today In the past, bigoted ideas stemmed from a lack of information Today, however, a superabundance of information about sexuality puts modern lovers under considerable pressure to perform and meet the perceived standards. The truth behind sex myths Health The Sex Myth Home Facebook The Sex Myth NYC team reunite for the The Sex Myth A Devised Play in Detroit fundraiser at New Women Space on Monday night. Understanding the Sex Myth Rachel Hills at May , In this engaging and thought provoking talk, Rachel Hills introduces the Sex Myth the modern Western philosophy of sexuality that ties our identity and value to what we do in the bedroom, with Sex Fact and Fiction WebMD One of the biggest sex myths for men is the notion that we are our penises, and that s all that counts in terms of sex It s a myth that using the penis is the main way to pleasure a woman

  • Title: The Sex Myth: The Gap Between Our Fantasies and Reality
  • Author: Rachel Hills
  • ISBN: 9781451685787
  • Page: 153
  • Format: Paperback
  • From a bold new feminist voice, a book that will change the way you think about your sex life Fifty years after the sexual revolution, we are told that we live in a time of unprecedented sexual freedom that if anything, we are too free now But beneath the veneer of glossy hedonism, millennial journalist Rachel Hills argues that we are controlled by a new brand of sexualFrom a bold new feminist voice, a book that will change the way you think about your sex life Fifty years after the sexual revolution, we are told that we live in a time of unprecedented sexual freedom that if anything, we are too free now But beneath the veneer of glossy hedonism, millennial journalist Rachel Hills argues that we are controlled by a new brand of sexual convention one which influences all of us woman or man, straight or gay, liberal or conservative At the root of this silent code lies The Sex Myth the defining significance we invest in sexuality that once meant we were dirty if we did have sex, and now means we are defective if we don t do it enough Equal parts social commentary, pop culture, and powerful personal anecdotes from people across the English speaking world, The Sex Myth exposes the invisible norms and unspoken assumptions that shape the way we think about sex today.
    The Sex Myth The Gap Between Our Fantasies and Reality From a bold new feminist voice a book that will change the way you think about your sex life Fifty years after the sexual revolution we are told that we live in a time of unprecedented sexual freedo

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    1. Growing up, the books that inspired me most were those that put individual experiences into social and political context books like The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf, Female Chauvinist Pigs by Ariel Levy, Status Anxiety by Alain de Botton, or The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan Understanding how my life fit into a bigger picture helped me to feel less alone, and helped me make sense of my experiences.The Sex Myth is my attempt to follow in the tradition of the books I loved A product of six years [...]

    2. This isn t bad, but it is not for me Might recommend this to a younger person, since I did appreciate reading The Beauty Myth when I was 22 and Naomi Wolf didn t write very well and her arguments were redundant But I d still rather recommend Ariel Levy s trenchant and well written Female Chauvinist Pigs which Hills also cites several times Here, I absorbed Hills s point in 15 minutes and wasn t terribly interested in the illustrative anecdotes and interviews with 20 somethings whose concerns I [...]

    3. Whenever I see a book mentioning Sex Myth, I m intrigued to see what it is all about I picked up Ms Hills book with no expectations In fact, I didn t read the blurb because I wanted to go into this blind with no expectations And even then, I must have had expectations because the book is not as I expected.It is very clear from the first couple of chapters, Ms Hills is an ardent feminist Her writing voice shows her concerns about how sex is still used to bind and constrict us, even in this day of [...]

    4. Hmm Given the subject matter, this book was rather dull Well researched and written, but very much a Sexualities 101 kind of book A very safe book that just offered nothing new or terribly interesting But then again, I suspect everything that can be said about sex has already been said, many times over, so what s left to say, really

    5. The Sex Myth encourages us to think about the way we internalise social norms surrounding sex The book also articulates the confusing mixed messages about sexual identity for those of us who have grown up in a post 1970s sexually free society that still contains strong remnants of conservatism We may feel shame for having too much sex or too little sex, or for expressing our sexuality in culturally unacceptable ways which includes not embracing expressing a sexualised self Old labels and boxes s [...]

    6. I was looking forward to reading this book, because it was critically acclaimed.Basically this book is about how media culture is obsessed with sex, and wanted to fill the gap between how much sex people have and what they actually have, their unrealistic expectations, how everyone doesn t lose their v card at 13 and being a 30 year old virgin isn t a big deal It also goes on about sexual identity ie asexuality and how society attributes too much meaning to sex as an identity And then it talks a [...]

    7. content warning talks about r pe, sexual assault, lgbtiqap phobia This was a very interesting book At first I struggled to relate to some of the pressures that the people Rachel had interviewed were talking about I had never been that interested in sex I thought, nor felt much pressure to dress in a certain way Then I remembered feeling a lot of weight attached to the label of virgin and a lot of relief when I got that label out of the way I still have never dressed up to attract someone or proj [...]

    8. Written by a millennial journalist about the millennial experience with many many interviews with real millennials , this book is a smart, insightful, and honest discussion of the social discourses of sex norms and assumptions, gender roles, and the impact of these forces on young people of all genders and sexualities.This book brought up some really great points, and even I, as a gender studies minor in college, found this book to be a nice discussion of the culture and forces affecting young c [...]

    9. This book was really a glorified magazine article Hills milked the topic way beyond what it was worth In the end, the book s message although positive, ie don t let someone else s sex myth define you was really commonsense than anything else It strikes me as somehow naive to assume that there is anything like authentic sexuality All of us come into our sexual lives in the context of our culture This has always been the case even if the stories around what is acceptable desirable have changed, t [...]

    10. A valuable piece of work, but one that left me a bit frustrated The author has clearly decided to aim for as broad an audience as possible, which meant that sections of this felt a bit shallow to me I wanted a stronger research base, and engagement with existing literature, but I guess I am a social researcher I was also put off by Hills insistence on describing the appearance of every one of her interviewees It was weird Having said all of that, there s plenty to appreciate in this book and Hi [...]

    11. In the 1940s and 1950s, Kinsey study data research was released and it provoked a great deal of controversy whilst it also opened up society s collective eyes to the spectrum of human sexuality Over the following decades, we have seen a blossoming of sexual revolutions and continuing discussions of sexuality, identity and expression Yet with all of the openness and conversation, there has also been a great deal of stereotyping, idealising, moralising, proselytising and most of all, it seems, myt [...]

    12. I m a tough sell when it comes to nonfiction sexuality and gender studies books because much of what is being published now has been said before although perhaps in drier language and with academic jargon.Rachel Hills presents us with a new look at sexual liberation and what it means to be judged for having too little sex, as well as too much, as well as how to deal with value judgments such as how often, how long, and how exciting She supports her claims by interjecting interviews she has cond [...]

    13. I ve followed Hills work online for a while, and spent a year awaiting this release While I didn t identify with much of the hills and valleys within, other Millennials I spoke to about the book who had not read it said the synopsis was in line with their experiences.This is a good first book, powered by anecdotes and narrative in mostly a good way I would ve enjoyed in the way of supporting data, especially when expressed directly in comparison to what people think one of the few found in the [...]

    14. Reminiscent of the thousands of conversations I ve had with friends and partners over the years pairs well with Come As You Are.

    15. Originally posted on Roberta s Literary RamblingsI received that ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review Overall Impression Hills does a great job of bringing to light a new form of sexual monitoring that as sprung from our new sexual freedoms however, to call this a full scale investigation like the description says is a little over the top.Recommended for Anyone interested in sex and sexuality studies, as well as those who have ever felt that their sex life doesn t add up to ev [...]

    16. What I liked about this book Honest attempt at the looking at the breadth and depth of our cultures and ideals around sex The distracting masquerade of sexual liberation and how to de couple sex and sexiness so that it doesn t comprise our whole worth as people and how current, Western ideals and power structures have aided in sex becoming the only important thing it slices it dices it sells cars and lettuce To that end, this quote Today, the Sex Myth is sold through a mirage of liberalism, urgi [...]

    17. First of all, thank you very much to Rachel Hills and her Twitter giveaway that ended up in me winning a copy of this as an audiobook This book was simultaneously validating and exhausting, encompassing thoughts I ve been having from since I was about 17 up until now Interpretations and ways of sex that are off limits to some, but mean everything to others It was perturbing to realise how deeply it s a social game, even if you try to keep it to yourself The chapter about casual sex and emotions [...]

    18. ARC received courtesy of Netgalley the Publisher, in exchange for an honest review As a currently single Gen X er with a degree in Sociology, I am always up for reading something academic that explains why our society is either so dysfunctional when it comes to sex, or even why we aren t having as much good sex at all.Although this researcher is from the Millennial cohort, she has managed to craft an intriguing piece of academically sound narrative research that can appeal to just about every co [...]

    19. Before reading this, I was a little confused as to what The Sex Myth refers too, and after reading I feel like I know why Rachel hills does a wonderful job explaining the Sex Myth and it s many contradicting layers of socially deemed acceptable and unacceptable behavior I definitely learned somethings, one of the lessons I took away as most important is that however you do it often or not, kinky or vanilla don t overthink it, everyone has the same worries about it that you do Although I sometime [...]

    20. presented at november 2015 ASSECT, p 97 99, about desire, misconceptions about desire.heard the author on the radio today on Q cbc radio popup audio pI liked what she said, except for the part about how she selected her population and how she decided what to talk about with people It is important to remember she isn t a scientist of any kind and she hasn t studied sex in any academic way Her 200 people aren t representative of anything This book is written in a journalistic tradition reaching ba [...]

    21. I have been a fan of Rachel Hill s work since I was in university, so when she announced she was writing her first book I was well and truly IN LINE waiting for it to come out And as expected, it did not disappoint Through anecdotes from millennials and Gen Y ers, Hill argues that the way sex that is depicted in the media and what is sold to us in glossy magazines is not just untrue, but also damaging And we re not just talking abstinence only education here, we re also talking about the liberat [...]

    22. The Sex Myth is a comprehensive look and examination of what we talk about when we talk about sex If I had the money and the ability to fly an airplane, I d airdrop this knowledge into the heartland, the halls of Congress, and all the locations with little to no comprehensive sex education The Sex Myth does a remarkable job at demystifying the codes and stories we swap about all the ways that sex is an intimate and political and cultural undertaking The first person accounts of how they shaped t [...]

    23. 3.5 starsGood topic, good writing, but at times this felt slightly shallow depth in certain areas would have been warranted or at least a list of other books to pair with this one Hills writes this book with youth in mind her interviewees range from high school age to maybe a youngish 27 or 28 Even when I was younger I don t think any of her interviewees reflected my views of sex and sexuality A wider swath of people to interview would have made this a far rounded book, but would have diluted [...]

    24. Solid piece of research on the discrepancy between how people perceive their sex lives should look like and how do they actually look like Work of Rachel Hills spans multiple interviewees and several years and provides a good case for dismantling the Sex Myth mainstream media and culture tries to sell us.

    25. A lot of this book really resonated with me I would have loved to have read of Rachel s discussions with her interviewees, though I feel like quotes stories would have made it stronger.

    26. It reads like an overlong Cosmo piece that the features ed should have hacked into rather than something to be commissioned into book form.

    27. Let me begin by saying that I didn t have any expectations for this book before I started it The subject matter seemed interesting, and I was curious about Hills feminist analysis of the subject matter, but beyond that I went in with no expectations Good thing too, because I thought the book was terribly mediocre In a nutshell, it was an incredibly superficial and dare I say vapid analysis of what she refers to as the sex myth Essentially, Hill attempts to chart how we have moved from a culture [...]

    28. Based on the subtitle, I hoped this would be about the role of sexual fantasies and their relationship to sexual acts It s actually just a book saying Hey maybe sex isn t the most important thing ever with a bunch of anecdotes So, others might find it helpful but I didn t see anything earthshattering and just skimmed most of it.

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