Nona Willis Aronowitz “Bad Sex” Author Talk

Nona Willis Aronowitz will talk about “Bad Sex.”


Monday, May 8, 2023 – 6:30pm
Morton Memorial Library
82 Kelly Street
Rhinecliff, NY 12574
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About the Author:

Nona Willis Aronowitz is a writer, editor, and author. She’s the sex and love columnist for Teen Vogue and the author of Bad Sex: Truth, Pleasure, and an Unfinished Revolution. Her work has been published in the New York Times, The Cut, ElleVICE, and The Washington Post, among many others. She is the co-author of Girldrive: Criss-crossing America, Redefining Feminism and the editor of two award-winning anthologies of her mother Ellen Willis’s writing. She lives in Kingston, NY.

About the Book:

Named a Most Anticipated Book by BustleEsquireNylon, and The Millions

“Intimate, thoughtful, and accessible to anyone struggling with the persistent, maddening inequities of contemporary sex.”–Rebecca Traister, New York Times bestselling author of Good and Mad

From Teen Vogue sex and love columnist Nona Willis Aronowitz, a blend of memoir, social history, and cultural criticism that probes the meaning of desire and sexual freedom today.

At thirty-two years old, everything in Nona Willis Aronowitz’s life, and in America, was in disarray. Her marriage was falling apart. Her nuclear family was slipping away. Her heart and libido were both in overdrive. Embroiled in an era of fear, reckoning, and reimagining, her assumptions of what “sexual liberation” meant were suddenly up for debate.

In the thick of personal and political turmoil, Nona turned to the words of history’s sexual revolutionaries—including her late mother, early radical pro-sex feminist Ellen Willis. At a time when sex has never been more accepted and feminism has never been more mainstream, Nona asked herself: What, exactly, do I want? And are my sexual and romantic desires even possible amid the horrors and bribes of patriarchy, capitalism, and white supremacy?

Nona’s attempt to find the answer places her search for authentic intimacy alongside her family history and other stories stretching back nearly two hundred years. Stories of ambivalent wives and unchill sluts, free lovers and radical lesbians, sensitive men and woke misogynists, women who risk everything for sex—who buy sex, reject sex, have bad sex and good sex. The result is a brave, bold, and vulnerable exploration of what sexual freedom can mean. Bad Sex is Nona’s own journey to sexual satisfaction and romantic happiness, which not only lays bare the triumphs and flaws of contemporary feminism but also shines a light on universal questions of desire.

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