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Mae Martin to write a book about modern sexuality

Monday 11th September 2017, 8:38pm

Mae Martin. Copyright: Sun Lee.

Stand-up comedian Mae Martin is writing a book that aims to offer "a humorous exploration of modern sexuality".

Can Everyone Please Calm Down?, which will be published in July 2018 by Wren & Rook, will take a look at sexuality, dating and gender.

The content will be partially based on the comedian's 2016 Edinburgh show Us and her BBC Radio 4 series Mae Martin's Guide To 21st Century Sexuality.

The book will further boost the rising profile of the British-Canadian writer and stand-up. The news follows on from her run at this year's Edinburgh Festival, where her show Dope was nominated for the prestigious Edinburgh Comedy Award.

Debbie Foy from publishers Wren & Rook says: "Gender and sexuality aren't black and white, binary concepts - 40% of people under 25 don't identify as gay or straight. But society hasn't necessarily caught up with this sexual revolution - it's 2017 and we are still labelling people by who they sleep with.

"Mae's mission is to make sexuality 'one less thing for kids to worry about' by turning her comic wit towards binary definitions, pigeon-holing and intolerance, and pointing out that our sexuality is all on a spectrum.

"A truly millennial book, Can Everyone Please Calm Down? is an hilarious and illuminating guide to dating and relationships in the 21st century. We're thrilled to welcome Mae to the Wren & Rook list."

Can Everyone Please Calm Down? Mae Martin's Guide To Sexuality

Can Everyone Please Calm Down? Mae Martin's Guide To Sexuality

Are you gay? Are you male? Are you straight? Are you female? These aren't necessarily questions with yes/no answers. Gender and sexuality aren't black and white, binary concepts - they can be fluid, and are often on a spectrum: 40% of people under 25 don't identify as gay or straight. Society hasn't necessary caught up with this, though, as comedian Mae Martin notes in this comic look at sexuality, dating and gender in the 21st century. She notes, partly in humour, partly in frustration, that it's 2017, and we are still labelling people by who they sleep with.

Expanding on themes raised in her BBC Radio 4 show Mae Martin's Guide To 21st Century Sexuality, she aims to break down barriers and start conversations. With a blend of personal anecdotes and clever social observations, Mae gently pokes fun at stereotypes, pigeon-holing and intolerance in this truly millennial book.

First published: Thursday 12th July 2018

  • Publisher: Wren & Rook
  • Pages: 304
  • Catalogue: 9781510102835

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