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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media (March 18, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598697900
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598697902
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,334,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Though he doesn't have any credentials beyond a happy marriage of 10 years, Oaks gets a leg up in the crowded field of find-that-man self-help with a rare male voice and an endearing sense of self-loathing. Having been plucked from confirmed bachelorhood himself, Oaks has hit upon what it takes to get and keep a man finally and forever. The answer is in Oaks's title: all men want is food, sex and clean laundry. In extensive, self-deprecatory detail, Oaks explains exactly how simple men really are, and what women can best do to fulfill their basic (only) needs. While much of this advice amounts to cheap (though funny) chauvinism, Oaks offers some intelligent commentary and advice-though nothing that can't be found elsewhere. Depending on one's reaction to Oaks's snarky, self-reflexive veneer and admittedly "throwback" gender politics, readers should find this a friendly guide to getting out there with a gratifying less-is-more approach. Others might do well to find a similar book in a less glib register.
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About the Author

Simon Oaks (Richmond, CA) is a California transplant from England, who swore he’d remain single for life. But now this former racecar driver turned writer is a bachelor turned husband, and is letting the women out there know the secrets behind making a man commit. He’s been happily married now for ten years to his American wife, Julie.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tina on March 21, 2009
Format: Paperback
I just finished reading Will Marry for Food, Sex and Laundry. I have to say that I have two completely different mindsets on this book.

First off, I have to say that I like the title of this book and one of the reasons I did, indeed, read it was because I thought that this book would be a funny and silly look at a man's point of view of singlehood and marriage.

IF this is the angle the author was going for, then I would have to say that this book is a success. It was silly, silly in some parts - I especially like the comparisons the author keeps making between the importance of the woman they select as their wife should able to do the same things as the mothers.

On the other hand, if this book is actually a serious look at singlehood and marriage then I have to say that this book seriously misses the mark. For one thing, it is highly sexist and extremely stereotypical. Men are cast the "the guys" and the woman are cast "as the little women". Basically, neither sexes fares well in this book and the author manages to make everyone somehow miss the point of marriage.

Which is why I believe that the author was taking a ironic look at the state of marriage. That's my story and I am sticking with it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ibabybluezi on August 22, 2009
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I thought Simon Oaks put the perspective of both sexes into a black and white format. The book really simplifies all that women tend to over-analyze. Of course, he discusses the dangers of over-analysis in the book as well, amongst many other things. After reading the book (because I could not put it down), I found that things are really driven by genetics and most of what we do or are good at is because we were designed that way, so it's ok to embrace it and move on. All in all, Simon really shows that there is no hidden algorithm on how to make a man feel loved and appreciated. I thought the book was well written, concise, and thorough.
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By Keri L. Lappas on February 19, 2014
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I have to say, I thought the premise for this book was a joke and that is why I bought it. Come to find out, while the writing is a little humorous at times, it is a guide to how to get and keep your man through food, sex and laundry. A little instructive in the why and how, but overall insulting and for me, a moot point.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Book Nerd on October 17, 2009
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Really, WTF?!? I mean, it's 2009 people! Whether or not you're looking for advice on finding a life-long mate, you should be coming into the relationship as a mature, independent adult capable of taking care of him/herself. If you can't take care of yourself then you don't need a wife but a personal assistant/live-in nurse, etc. I don't expect men to go out and hunt wild animals for me to cook for dinner and build me a house using his bare hands so why do men expect women, even these days, to behave according to these extremely stereotypical roles? And then write books encouraging other men to expect and seek the same?!? Women need a partner in life...an equal in all aspects, not somebody who needs to be taken care of. Personally, if I wanted to clean up after somebody and feed them, then I would rather get a cute puppy! There's a simple formula to any relationship and it's based on these 3 things: 1) love, 2) trust, and 3) respect. You should not "need" your significant other, you should want to be with that person. I've always said that the problem with the feminsit revolution isn't that women took on what have traditionally been thought of as "male" roles but that men have not had an equivalent "masculine" revolution to try to meet us 1/2 way and so the result has been women taking on far more than their fare share of responsibility and duties in relationships while men have been doing the same old thing. So it's no wonder that educated and independent women are either waiting longer to get married (to make sure we don't run into needy, incompetent, and immature kids such as this guy). It's just such a shame that today's women are still dealing with this whole 1950s "Leave it to Beaver" kind of mentality and are missing out on men who may be their equal partner in life but are getting backwards advice from (perhaps) influential advice such as this!
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marie on April 2, 2009
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Hitching itself to the ever-so-popular, epiphany inducing He's Just Not That Into You train, Will Marry for Food, Sex, and Laundry is a "how-to" manual for any woman who wants to find and/or keep a man, but needs major help learning how to do so. While the book is very readable, very kitschy and clever, and very straightforward, it offered no real insight beyond the very basic.

Let me back up here and say I am a single girl. Can you hear me whispering? I should wear it proudly, but I'd be lying if I said I liked dating and I wouldn't consider standing in line for the secret that would have Prince Charming on my door step in two seconds flat if I could avoid any more bad first dates. So this book is perfect for someone like me, right?

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