Alix Kates Shulman

“It’s really hard to imagine how shameful sex was. You had to put on a wedding ring and pretend you were married to get birth control. So suddenly being in a room full of women who were eagerly speaking of sex—not for the titillation, but in order to be able to change this double standard—was a very great thrill.”

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Alix Kates Shulman has been a feminist activist since the 1960s and is the author of 14 books. The New York Times hailed her as "the voice that has for three decades provided a lyrical narrative of the changing position of women in American society" for books ranging from her debut novel, the feminist classic Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen, to her last memoir, To Love What Is: A Marriage Transformed, about caring for her brain-injured husband. Her memoir Drinking the Rain won a Body Mind Spirit Award of Excellence and was a finalist for the Los AngelesTimes Book Prize. A Marriage Agreement and Other Essays: Four Decades of Feminist Writing was published in 2012. Her work has been translated into 12 languages and has appeared in The New York Times, Salon, The Nation, Dissent, and The Guardian. She blogs at Silver Century.