Women/Sex

Letter to the editor in response to a Guardian article (1968)

Fascinating insight into a nascent feminist movement.

Women and the Myth of Consumerism (Ramparts, 1969)

EW skewers the idea of pitting one lifestyle against another.

Up From Radicalism (US Magazine, 1969)

EW chronicles her conversion from timid co-ed to radical feminist.

The Fantasy of the Perfect Lover (NY Review of Books, 1972)

(just an excerpt; you can see the whole thing if you’re a subscriber)

Hard to Swallow: Deep Throat (NY Review of Books, 1973)

(just an excerpt; you can see the whole thing if you’re a subscriber)

Feminism, Moralism and Pornography (The Village Voice, 1979)

In which EW writes the unblinking phrase debunking the (tempting but ultimately moot) distinction between erotica and porn: “What turns me on is erotic; what turns you on is pornographic.”

Classical and Baroque Sex in Everyday Life (The Village Voice, 1979)

EW gets to the heart of the sex wars in this hilarious essay.

Nature’s Revenge (NY Times, 1981)

EW questions the moralizing of the feminist anti-pornography movement.

The Last Unmarried Person in America (Village Voice, 1981)

EW’s dystopian satire on the tyranny of modern marriage pressure.

Looking for Mr. Good Dad (excerpt, 1985)

EW contemplates the role of women and men in parenting.

Notes on Cam P (Dissent, 1993)

EW’s take on everyone’s favorite meglomaniac, Camille Paglia.

Mother’s Wit (NY Times, 1998)

EW on Grace Paley.

Orgonomics (New York Times, 1999)

EW defends one of her heroes, Wilhelm Reich.

Monica and Barbara and primal concerns (NY Times, 1999)

EW takes on the Lewinsky scandal and the 20/20 interview.

Feminism, Moralism, and That Woman (Slate, 1999)

More on Monica.

Parity Begins at Home (New York Times, 2000)

EW reviews Martha Nussbaum’s book on global feminism.

Giving Feminism Life (Dissent, 2002)

EW reviews “Creating a Life: Professional Women and the Quest for Children” by Sylvia Ann Hewlett.

Can Marriage Be Saved? (The Nation, 2004)

EW ruminates on “the separation between sex and state.”

Three Elegies for Susan Sontag (New Politics, 2005)

EW eulogizes Sontag while coming to terms with her own mortality.

Lust Horizons: The ‘Voice’ and the Women’s Movement (Village Voice, 2005)

EW recalls what it was like to work at the Village Voice as a woman in 70s and 80s.