Her Way: Young Women Remake the Sexual Revolution


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New York University Press
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6.28 X 0.95 X 9.25 inches | 1.12 pounds
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About the Author

Paula Kamen is a Chicago journalist, author, and visiting research scholar with Northwestern University. Her commentaries and book reviews have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Salon, Ms, Chicago Tribune, In These Times, and numerous anthologies.


"If women's sexual mores become more like men's, is that progress? Paula Kamen seems to think so, based on Her Way. . . . Kamen backs her assertions with a panoramic breadth of scholarship-pretty much every major piece of sex research for the last hundred years shows up in Her Way, including some fascinating surveys of women born in the nineteenth century."


"Lively and entertaining, honoring the intimate voices of a diversity of women, Her Way is an authoritative study of our long slow journey toward sexual autonomy. Kamen is a savvy third wave feminist who has done her homework. The book is a link between generations, and a major stepping stone toward fuller liberation. This is feminism for the 21st century!"

-Barbara Seaman, coeditor of For Women Only: Our Guide to Health Empowerment

"Gives women cause to celebrate! Her Way shows how, for perhaps the first time in history, a generation of young women is truly defining sex on its own terms. Her nuanced analysis of this quiet but undeniable trend is optimistic while not shying away from the problems that remain, including the inertia of a mainstream popular culture that insists on portraying women as sexy rather than as sexual beings in their own right."

-Lisa Douglass, coauthor of Are We Having Fun Yet? The Intelligent Woman's Guide to Sex

"A bold new look at female sexuality in America today. Based on years of meticulous research, Paula Kamen has produced a fascinating, important study of how young women are redefining their roles and relationships in a post-boomer world."

-Iris Chang, author of The Rape of Nanking

"At last, a book about young women's sexual behavior that's actually written by a young woman! Paula Kamen documents women's sexual truths without judgment and--more important--without all the wrongheaded, double-standard-laden assumptions that all too often plague writing on this topic. Kamen brings the focus back where it should be: on women's own views, rather than others' views of them."

-Lisa Miya-Jervis, Bitch Magazine

"Intellectual, political, and compassionate, Her Way shows that the freedom to live and love by our own standards--with men on our good side--is the way toward the social change that, truly, begins in our social lives."

-Lynn Harris, author of Breakup Girl to the Rescue! A Superhero's Guide to Love, and Lack Thereof

"At times startling and at the very least amusing...reading it is an education. And now we know at least some of what educated women stand to gain."

-The New York Times Book Review