Before there was “Fifty Shades of Grey” there was Erica Jong and the “Fear of Flying”. To celebrate her birthday today we’d like to share her lively conversation with Stud’s from 1974. When “Fear of Flying” was published in 1973 it set off a firestorm of controversy for its frank portrayal of female sexuality and is often credited with the attitudes towards sex that dominated the second wave of feminism. In their lively discussion Studs and Erica touch on a range of subjects from the real meaning of her book to the prevailing attitudes towards sex in the ’70’s.

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Early in the interview she tells an amusing story about the connection between sex and politics, how that connection got her speaking engagement cancelled by the Smithsonian and how that cancellation gained her a whole lot of notoriety from the Washington Post. Listen to their lively exchange and ask yourself how much has changed in the last 40 years.

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