Lip Service: The Myth of Female Virtue in Love, Sex, and Friendship

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9780060172909: Lip Service: The Myth of Female Virtue in Love, Sex, and Friendship

Drawing on original research, interviews, statistics, and anecdotes, a provocative study examines the realities of women's sexual behavior, attacks double standards emphasizing differences between women and men, and explains why women are living according to their own rules. $50,000 ad/promo. Tour.

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In this eye-opening, perceptive, and sure to be controversial book, Kate Fillion smashes sexual stereotypes and exposes the truth about women's sexual behavior.

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Journalist Fillion believes that we would all be much better off emotionally and culturally if we would stop paying lip service to that stale old myth about men and women being psychological opposites. According to our society's "sexual script," women are the "intimacy experts," adept at communicating and at love, hence morally superior. Men, by contrast, are reticent to a fault and reluctant to forge relationships. These absurd generalizations, Fillion argues, have become "barriers to equality." In an attempt to dismantle them, Fillion interviewed more than 100 women and men about everything from friendships to relationships, fantasies, sexual harassment, and the difference between rape and unwanted sex. As always, people's personal lives are intriguing, but Fillion goes beyond mere prurient interest in her analysis and reaches some refreshingly frank, even provocative conclusions. This dose of reality is a healthy alternative to books, for instance, that describe men and women as creatures from different planets. As far as we know, we're all earthlings, splendid in our diversity. Donna Seaman

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