In considering questions like why she was not married or almost married (and why many of her friends who wanted to be married were also not married), Ms.
Witt, who has written for the London Review of Books and The New Yorker, and is a contributing editor to T: The New York Times Style Magazine, recalled thinking that “technology had changed.
Social mores had changed to accept a wider range of sexual practices.
And it felt like the protagonist in some ways, the main person experiencing all of this, was women.”Thus began her quest to understand the consequences of these changes.
Laing said that: “there is a culture of confessional memoirs that I’m super-wary of.
Laing, the feminist author and blogger Jessica Valenti, 37, recently decided to embrace the personal with impunity.
The result is her book, “Future Sex,” to be published Oct. Along the way, when she would talk about what she was working on, “certain editors — male editors — have commented on my ‘memoir,’” said Ms. “An editor said to me, ‘It seems like every woman has to write about this at some point.’ Um, yeah, because it’s one of the most important things about being alive right now?
”It requires only a glimpse at bookstore windows to notice the phalanx of young authors challenging the idea that dating and sex aren’t serious enough topics for certain kinds of writers to engage with.
These authors share something else, besides subject matter: They are women.
Their books are a departure from the raw, unfiltered confessional writing that the internet seems to have fostered in recent years: inward-focused pieces on abortions and addictions and affairs we have gotten used to clicking on, or past.