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Intimate Strangers: Men and Women Together Paperback – June 22, 1990
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"An extraordinarily moving book, filled with striking insights. No one else I know can match Lillian Rubin's ability to combine art and analysis in the presentation of human relations." -- Michael B. Katz, University of Pennsylvania
"Once again, Lillian Rubin decodes human behavior better than anyone else, and she does it with a lively combination of intuitive skill, scholarship and the sound of women's and men's voices sharing their lives." -- Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Ms.
"The beauty of the book is in its tone, which manages to convey that its author is speaking directly to us and is on our side...As a culmination of her many years of work and thought, Lillian Rubin has given us a book that anyone can profit from. I wish I had a stack of them to hand out to all my friends ." -- Joe Cristofalo, San Francisco Chronicle
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As a female reader, Rubin's book made total sense at 37, but 10 years later, I understand her findings ever better: many women in midlife feel: who needs marriage? But men have grown quite comfortable in their hubby role . "Intimate Strangers" is not an advice book, it merely states the facts of Rubin's research, her interviews with men and women. She is just saying it as it is. If you are a man wondering why things are turning a bit sour now that you have been married for 20 years, this book is for you, and of course, if you are a woman no longer willing to compromise about anything, this book is for you too. It makes us feel a little less guilty and a lot more relaxed knowing we are not the only ones out there, despising the things we do. Time to rethink the institution of marriage and why other forms of partnerships during different phases of our lives are not more tolerated by now.
On the rare occasions that men are browbeaten by their wives into sharing their feeeeeeeelings (one must pronounce it this way, I think) on a regular basis, the inevitable result was, well, divorce! Of course the author, being a proud posessor of two X chromosomes, still seemed to think this emotion sharing "intimacy" was a good thing (because all women seemed to want it), despite admitting that it generally resulted not in any kind of improved relationship, but breakup!Read more ›
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I purchased this book for a Sociology of Gender class and absolutely loved it! Although these ideas aren't anything new, Rubin gives great insight into the relationships between... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Evelyn Palmer
Lillian Rubin was an insightful psychologist with plenty of practical perspective to share, as she moved through the cases she presented. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Richard Kazan