Future Sex

Emily Witt

‘What is the story we’re telling ourselves?’ A funny, fresh, and moving antidote to conventional attitudes about sex and the single woman.

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Emily Witt is single and in her thirties. Until recently she had always imagined she would meet the right person and fall in love. But, as we all know, things are more complicated than that. Love is rare and frequently unreciprocated; sexual acquisitiveness is risky and can be hurtful. Having experienced the familiar disappointments that come with online dating and one-night stands, Witt decides to find her own path. The result is an open-minded, honest account of the contemporary pursuit of connection and pleasure – open, forgiving and unafraid.

Critic Reviews

Breathtakingly honest . . . smart, funny, beautifully written.

New York Times Book Review
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Gripping, keenly strange field reports from the frontiers of contemporary desire.

Olivia Laing, Guardian 'Book of the Week'
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A radical book . . . wise, honest and necessary.

Hermione Hoby, Vice
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Fascinating, both because it’s always interesting to hear about the sex lives of others and because it opens up an historical context that allows us to understand how the free love of the past did and didn’t lead to our internet-driven sexual present.

Lara Feigel, Observer
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Examines how, for those who grew up in the era of the sexual supermarket, the abundance of options can be less an allure than a challenge . . . Witt is a sharp observer of the behaviour and motivations of others. . . Superb.

New Yorker
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A probing investigation into twenty-first-century female sexuality . . . Witt is as thoughtful as she is audacious.


Emily Witt is a journalist, an essayist, and a critic. Her work has been published in n+1, GQ, New York magazine, The New York Observer, and the London Review of Books and anthologized in Best American Travel Writing. She has degrees from Brown University, the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and Cambridge, and she was a Fulbright scholar in…

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