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FIRE sponsors debate with The Free Press: Has the Sexual Revolution Failed?

A poster with the faces of Grimes, Sarah Haider, Anna Khachiyan, and Louise Perry

LOS ANGELES (July 31, 2023) – The Free Press, the media company founded by Bari Weiss and known for its ferociously independent journalism, will host its first-ever live debate this September in Los Angeles. The proposition? The sexual revolution has failed. This special event, the first in a national series of events brought to you by The Free Press, will be sponsored by the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression, America’s leading free speech organization.

On Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. PST, musician and producer Grimes and Sarah Haider, writer and co-host of the podcast A Special Place in Hell, will face off with Anna Khachiyan, co-host of the podcast Red Scare, and Louise Perry, author of "The Case Against the Sexual Revolution." The debate will be moderated by Weiss and will take place at the historic Ace Theatre in downtown Los Angeles, a 1,600-seat movie palace built in the 1920s as the flagship movie palace for Charlie Chaplin and Mary Pickford’s United Artists films. 

“The sexual revolution promised liberation. Fifty years on, we ask: has it delivered? That’s the urgent question we’re going to tackle live at the Ace,” said Weiss. “We live in an era in which debate has become impossible. At The Free Press, we believe it’s never been more necessary. I cannot wait to be on stage with these four brilliant women to discuss a subject that impacts every man, woman, boy, and girl.” 

“FIRE believes in the freedom to think—and speak—for yourself. That’s why we are so proud to partner with The Free Press on what’s going to be a debate that’s sure to keep people entertained and engaged from kickoff to mic drop,” said Greg Lukianoff, president and CEO of FIRE.

To learn more about the event or to purchase tickets, visit

About The Free Press

Founded in December 2022, The Free Press is a new media company built on the ideals that were once the bedrock of American journalism: honesty, doggedness, and fierce independence. We publish investigative stories and provocative commentary about the world as it actually is—with the quality once expected from the legacy press, but the fearlessness of the new. Over 400,000 subscribers read us every day. For more information about The Free Press, visit Contact:

About the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression (FIRE) 

The Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression (FIRE) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to defending and sustaining the individual rights of all Americans to free speech and free thought—the most essential qualities of liberty. FIRE educates Americans about the importance of these inalienable rights, promotes a culture of respect for these rights, and provides the means to preserve them.  Contact: 

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