The 1990s saw the debuts of internet porn and reality TV, the invention of Viagra, sensational scandals, Basic Instinct, The Vagina Monologues, and more. In his fast-paced overview of the decade, Friend combines detailed reporting, sociology, and gossip to chart a social and sexual revolution that helps explain how we got to where we are now. Friend, a Vanity Fair editor, Emmy-winning documentary producer, and the author of Watching the World Change, draws on first-hand accounts and interviews with some of the era’s pivotal figures, including Anita Hill and John Wayne Bobbitt. From Brazilian bikini wax to the first stirring of the gay marriage movement to feminist empowerment and the backlash against it, Friend tells compulsively readable stories and illustrates the larger societal forces at work.
Friend will be in conversation with Scott Stossel, editor of The Atlantic and author of My Age of Anxiety.