In Today's "Moment of Truth," Saurabh and Emma sit down with Mary Eberstadt, conservative essayist, former policy planning staff under the Reagan Administration and author of "Primal Screams: How the Sexual Revolution Created Identity Politics," to discuss the devolution of family, marriage, and gender since the invention of "the pill" and what, if anything, can be done to reverse the disastrous effects of the sexual revolution on the American family.
Mary Eberstadt is an influential American writer whose contributions to the intellectual landscape traverse several genres. An author of both non-fiction and fiction, her social commentary draws from various fields including anthropology, intellectual history, philosophy, popular culture, sociology, and theology. She is known for her public service and is a sought after public speaker.
Central to her diverse interests are questions concerning the philosophy and culture of Western civilization and the fate and aspirations of post-modern man. Mary Eberstadt is the author of several influential books, among them Primal Screams: How the Sexual Revolution Created Identity Politics, How the West Really Lost God: A New Theory of Secularization; It’s Dangerous to Believe: Religious Freedom and Its Enemies; and Adam and Eve after the Pill: Paradoxes of the Sexual Revolution.
Mrs. Eberstadt’s contributions to journalism range from short essays and reviews in mainstream venues like the Wall Street Journal and TIME to longer pieces in journals of ideas such as First Things and National Affairs. She has served on the editorial staffs of three magazines for which she has also written, The Public Interest, The National Interest, and Policy Review.
Her 2010 epistolary novel The Loser Letters, about a young woman in rehab torn between theism and atheism, was adapted for stage and premiered at the Catholic University of America’s Hartke Theater in fall 2016. Other adaptations of the story are underway for future productions in the U.S. and Malta. She and her husband, author Nicholas Eberstadt, have four children, and live in the Washington, D.C. area. One of her favorite quotes is “manuscripts don’t burn,” the rallying cry of intellectual freedom penned by Mikhail Bulgakov in The Master and Margarita.