Chastened: The Unexpected Story of My Year without Sex

Chastened: The Unexpected Story of My Year without Sex By Hephzibah Anderson, Chastened The Unexpected Story of My Year without Sex Seeking love in an age obsessed with sex a journalist chronicles her year without On the eve of her thirtieth birthday Hephzibah Anderson glimpsed her college boyfriend going into a jewelry store wi
  • Title: Chastened: The Unexpected Story of My Year without Sex
  • Author: Hephzibah Anderson
  • ISBN: 9780670021864
  • Page: 249
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Chastened: The Unexpected Story of My Year without Sex By Hephzibah Anderson, Seeking love in an age obsessed with sex, a journalist chronicles her year without On the eve of her thirtieth birthday, Hephzibah Anderson glimpsed her college boyfriend going into a jewelry store with a smiling blonde and in that moment realized it had been years since a man told her he loved her This discovery led her to question a decade of emotionally frustrating reSeeking love in an age obsessed with sex, a journalist chronicles her year without On the eve of her thirtieth birthday, Hephzibah Anderson glimpsed her college boyfriend going into a jewelry store with a smiling blonde and in that moment realized it had been years since a man told her he loved her This discovery led her to question a decade of emotionally frustrating relationships with commitment phobes As she examined her past, she recognized that most of these relationships went off course at the precise moment sex was involved Anderson decided it was time to spend a full year without sex to rediscover its meaning and purpose in her life In this confessional account, Anderson shares the results of that year, narrating each month as she flirts, dates, and swoons but doesn t have sex The results her feelings about femininity, her body, and romance are illuminating Told with Elizabeth Gilbertesque candor, Chastened reveals much about our contradictory cultural attitudes towards sex and the ways intercourse has been used as a shortcut to deeper intimacies An antidote to the growing genre of another notch in the bedpost memoirs, Chastened is a refreshing look at what s to be gained by going without.
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    1. guys what the fuck this book SUCKS i am not sure why i picked it up i think i read a review of it somewhere that made it sound potentially intriguing it s a memoir kind of deal by a woman who made a personal vow with herself to not have sex which she defines as penile penetration for a year her vow was inspired by a chance encounter on the streets on new york city, when she saw her ex boyfriend from college steering a smiling blonde woman into a jewelry store she learned from a mutual friend lat [...]


    2. A breathless, florid, sex drenched rendition of the minutiae of the author s year without sex or maybe that s just the narration The narrator has a beautiful voice but a very sensual delivery so I m not quite sure that the vertiginous sense I ve accidentally veered into a Victorian romance cue faux virtuous tittering , or a lost Austen novel where she doesn t stint the bodily details , is due to the content, or the performance The author is attempting to recover the meaningfulness of sex for her [...]


    3. things that made this book absolutely awful 1 the author defines sex as penile penetration so in her year of chastity, everything else is allowed at one point, she describes receiving oral sex, which, really, is about as far from chastity as almost anything i can imagine 2 the author s first action of chastity is buying a new chaste wardrobe, as though not putting out has anything to do with the way one dresses then she seems a little put off that no one notices the differences i think i would b [...]


    4. That was one whiny read Skipped through huge parts of it because i was bored out of my mind It s really not well written, which would ALMOST be okay if the purpose of it was interesting but It s just plain ridiculous In one specific part of the book, the author buys one entire new wardrobe of chaste clothing That s really wrong for so many reasons she is literally slut shaming herself If you want to read a well written and interesting book about abstinence , read Sophie Fontanel s The Art of Sle [...]


    5. Chastened is exactly what the title states Hephzibah s unexpected story of her year without sex I loved it The inside of the book jacket made me nervous that this was going to be a story that tried to persuade young women to change their attitudes and take on promises of chaste behavior However, this couldn t be further from the truth In fact, Hephzibah seems almost apologetic that many of her experiences seem contrary to feminism From the beginning, part of my fascination with the story was by [...]


    6. Hey Mom, you probably don t need to read this After having reached the halfway mark in a yearlong journey that seems not so different from that of the author, I thought it would be interesting to read about another woman s experience in taking a year off The first few chapters scared me a little Anderson seemed to be in my head, pointing to some of the same flawed theories on relationships between people and between love and sex that had taken me through my twenties as motivation for her vow and [...]


    7. I appreciated the candid, introspective, and often philosophical look at sex what it has been and what it is now in society, and what it could be Peppered with quotes from preeminent thinkers, philosophers, and sex experts , this was a far compelling read than I thought it would be And while she didn t go so far as to recommend chastity universally, she certainly looked carefully at its benefits than has been done in a long time, that I am aware of The story of the year itself her romantic hop [...]


    8. I picked up this book because the premise intrigued me, but unfortunately my interest waned after the first chapter I kept reading, hoping it would get better, but it didn t I feel like the author couldn t decide whether to make this a personal memoir or a treatise on dating, chastity, and feminism in the modern age, and as a result the book felt very confused, something that was definitely not helped by the writing itself I am a fan of concision I believe that it shouldn t take a page or to sa [...]


    9. I kind of go by a rule of thumb that if I won t finish reading a book, it gets a 1 I actually think that Anderson is a competent writer, so maybe this isn t fair but I m getting weary of this whole practice of coming up with experiments to write about thing I don t actually care about her sex life enough to read the book.To be candid, I thought she had some sort of actual reason to be doing this maybe an unfortunate assumption based on what sounded like a Biblical name religious, medical, whatev [...]


    10. i literally grabbed this off the shelves of the library near my job in a 30 second oh god i have to get something to read on the bus ride home or i will die of boredom frenzy i really wasn t expecting a whole lot, but i found it to be interesting, well read and full of interesting quotes yes, as a slutty non monogamous queer woman who doesn t give a fuck about getting married, ms anderson s issues weren t exactly my issues but we both grew up under the same patriarchy, just responded in differen [...]


    11. I m surprisingly pleased with this book it isn t so much about avoiding sex but about giving in to the aspects of our emotional lives that are, amid current trends of hookups, often thought of as unnecessary, outdated, or inefficient The writing is clever and in places beautiful there are delightful scenes in which the author does things just because they make her happy like spin through lobbies of hotels that seemed magical to her as a child, just to breathe the air I haven t finished yet, but [...]


    12. Didn t actually finish this Made it 30 pages in and then gave up For all the sex, this book was kind of boring Bridget Jones wannabe, but not as charmingly self deprecating, just sort of silly sounding Don t want to have sex until you re in love Go for it No need to make a year s experiment out of it Millionaire Matchmaker does this all the time Have some liaisons you think were unwise Join the club Just don t whine about it in a tell all book unless there s something exciting to tell about.


    13. I said to the hubs, This book about the woman who doesn t have sex is boring He goes, She s not having sex What d you expect And that basically sums up this book Too light on her personal discoveries and too heavy on history of dating, courting, sex and relationships She does come to the obvious realization that settling for casual sex means going without the important things she wants in a relationship true love, intimacy, committment, a husband It s not bad it just wasn t good.


    14. Reading a book about someone else s self imposed chastity is less interesting than I d hoped it would be It wasn t very long before it became laborious, and I struggled to finish I found the narrative somewhat confusing in parts, as though I were reading the description of someone s dream Characters are introduced abruptly with limited context, which caused me to flip back, thinking I d read the previous pages too quickly.This book is bound to delight someone, just not me.


    15. I wouldn t say there was anything unexpected about this book, despite its title She is a beautiful writer, so there s lots of great vocab and some of it is very eloquently put, but then the other side of the argument is that maybe if she were a better writer it would have been compelling Saw it on a library shelf and decided to give it a chancewe ll see how it goes.


    16. is it really such a momentous thing not to have sex for a year If so, well, no need to scapegoat me or sacrifice me for political reasons, natural selection will weed me and my kind out soon enough seriously though, who cares, and should we isn t sex just a meme that keeps advertising going and who likes advertising anyway


    17. Impressed with the diligence that the author gave the subject of intimacy in todays world Sex can be simply be fun or something very special it all depends on how one wants to approach it The highlight for me how her friendships with the desired sex evolved without the promise of sex at the end A great read


    18. Despite the weary ventures into clothes shoes I loved this book She put into words so many of my feelings experiences it was amazing all other ways too describe it just felt sexual lol I felt validated in a profound way hidden among the story were things I needed to hear in a big way.


    19. I found the author indecisive and she drove me crazy at times I wasn t sure why she included some of the information she did it didn t all add to the memoir Characters dropped in and out, sometimes very abruptly Didn t know why some characters had names and one other only had an initial Not a waste, but I definitely put it down a lot.


    20. My antidote after watching too much Sex and the City Anderson is smart perceptive when it comes to analyzing the Western culture s obsession with sex What I like is that she examines the glorification of sex as a member of society herself rather than removing herself from its equation Part narrative, part social expository it offers food for thought.


    21. Overall, I found it lacking She talks about sex and love and relationships a considerable amount, and a little tiny bit about the history of those things and the feminist movement I think it would have been vastly improved by conversation about other cultures and histories about sex and chastity It felt like there wasn t enough of a story to write a whole book.


    22. I tend to enjoy books that are not geared toward me I am not the target audience for this, and I didn t really care for it, either While there are some interesting digressions on sexuality and feminism, it was mostly sort of a book where I kept asking why I should care And, ultimately, I didn t really care all that much, so


    23. I had high expectations of this book but was disappointed to find that it was basically a glorified chick lit novel albeit based on the author s experience However it is worth reading the very beginning as well as the epilogue.


    24. I listened to the audio book I felt that this book was very witty and personal and addresses a lot of issues facing the modern woman It is written in a style that is fun to read as well as informative and intellectual I would happily read this book again.



    25. A large chunk of the book was nattering on about old boyfriends, how they got together and how they broke up Anderson made a lot of observations but came to no real conclusions or epiphanies.






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