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Witt’s curious reportage and honest questions continually lead to thoughtful insights in this collection about love, life, sex, commitment, marriage, and self-worth in the 21st century. If you’ve ever sat in wonder at the universe of sexual proclivities and variety of modern relationships, this book is sure to pique your interest.

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A funny, fresh, and moving antidote to conventional attitudes about sex and the single woman

Emily Witt is single and in her thirties. Up until a few years ago, she still envisioned her sexual experience "eventually reaching a terminus, like a monorail gliding to a stop at Epcot Center." Like many people, she imagined herself disembarking, finding herself face-to-face with another human being, "and there we would remain in our permanent station in life: the future."

But, as many of us have found, things are more complicated than that. Love is rare and frequently unreciprocated. Sexual experience doesn't necessarily lead to a future of traditional monogamy--and why should it? Have we given up too quickly on the alternatives?

In Future Sex, Witt explores Internet dating, Internet pornography, polyamory, and avant-garde sexual subcultures as sites of possibility. She observes these scenes from within, capturing them in all their strangeness, ridiculousness, and beauty. The result is an open-minded, honest account of the contemporary pursuit of connection and pleasure.

About the Author

Emily Witt has written for The New Yorker, n+1, The New York Times, and the London Review of Books. She studied at Brown University, Columbia University, and the University of Cambridge and was a Fulbright Scholar in Mozambique. She grew up in Minneapolis and lives in Brooklyn. Future Sex is her first book.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780374537272
ISBN-10: 0374537275
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication Date: December 5th, 2017
Pages: 224
Language: English