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The Family Bed: Is There Sex After Kids?

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Amy Richards and Jennifer Baumgardner (owners of Soapbox, Inc. Speakers Who Speak Out and co-authors of Manifesta and Grassroots), are currently working on a new book entitled The Family Bed: Is There Sex After Kids?, which focuses on the sex lives of parents after having children. As research for the book, the authors are sending out a survey about sex after parenthood:

Survey Monkey

The survey itself is loosely based on Betty Friedan's 1957 project in which she asked her Smith College classmates to fill out a questionnaire about their lives. The responses were so dramatic that Friedan turned it into her ground-breaking 1963 best-seller The Feminine Mystique. Fifty-one years later, we revisited Friedan's original questions to create our own questionnaire in the hopes of shining a light on our generation-—specifically our sex lives and how they do/don't change once kids enter our lives. We hope you will share and help us to understand our generation as parents.


Amy Stockwell Mercer is a freelance writer living in Charleston, SC with her husband and three sons. An MFA graduate in Creative Writing from Queens University, she writes about art and artist profiles for Charleston Magazine, The City Paper, Charleston Art Mag, and Art Papers. Amy also writes about living with chronic illness, and is finishing a book about women with diabetes for Demos Health. When she needs to get out of her own head, she teaches college students how to write the 5 paragraph essay. You can read more of her writing at her website.


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