Erica Jong's Fear of Flying is widely regarded as a critical piece of literature in the second-wave feminism movement of the 1970s. 

The story of Isadora Wing, a young woman who becomes disenchanted with her marriage and the institution of marriage itself, resonated with many women of the era who were grappling with their dissatisfaction of being placed in the confines of idealized femininity. In her depiction of Wing's tryst with another man and the exploration of sexuality, Jong does not hold back. Jong uses a frank and unapologetic tone to portray a woman who desires sex, wants to take ownership of her desire and is unabashedly honest about it.