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The Morning After: Sex, Fear and Feminism (ISBN 0-316-75432-3) was the first of author and journalist Katie Roiphe's books. It was published simultaneously in the United States by Back Bay Books (Boston) and in Canada by Little, Brown and Company in 1993. It was reprinted in 1994, while Roiphe was still a candidate for her doctorate. Chapter three of the book had previously been published as an essay, "The Rape Crisis, or 'Is Dating Dangerous?'" in the New York Times Magazine.




  • Introduction
  • The Blue-Light System
  • Taking Back the Night
  • The Rape Crisis, or "Is Dating Dangerous?"
  • Reckless Eyeballing: Sexual Harassment on Campus
  • The Mad Hatter's Tea Party
  • Catherine MacKinnon, the Antiporn Star
  • Still Looking for Mr. Goodbar
  • Afterword



Back cover blurb

To Katie Roiphe, feminism had always meant freedom — but as an undergraduate at Harvard and a graduate at Princeton, she was shocked to discover that the same movement that had once promised women a voice was now being used to tell them what they ought to say and think and feel. This book arose out of her frustration with today's feminism and with the hypocrisy of a culture that idealizes freedom of speech but refuses to tolerate real dissent.

In The Morning After, Roiphe takes an uncomfortably close look at how that intolerance is manifest, offering penetrating critiques of our urge to legislate love and desire, our infatuation with consent, and our unreasonable fear of the human imagination, which is expected to stoop before rules about sex and gender. Ground-breaking and controversial, The Morning After inspired heated debate the world over. Now read it and make up your own mind.

Positive reviews

  • The most talked-about nonfiction of the season. — Los Angeles Times
  • A persuasive critique ... Roiphe doesn't have the answer ... but at least she has the nerve to raise the question. — New York Times Book Review
  • A prominent — and provocative — new voice in feminist debate. — New York Sunday Newsday
  • Katie Roiphe writes from the trenches of gender warfare. The Morning After is clearheaded, wry, disturbing. — Washington Post Book World
  • Remarkable — the first intelligent cry of protest from Roiphe's generation against what feminism has wrought in the name of women. — Commentary

Negative reviews

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