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The Richer Sex: How the New Majority of Female Breadwinners Is Transforming Sex, Love and Family Hardcover – March 20, 2012
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“This thought-provoking exploration of the way women's expanding roles in the workplace is changing their lives at home is sure to create a stir. . . . Readable and poignant, Mundy's latest is the perfect starting-point for this timely conversation.” —Publishers Weekly
“Liza Mundy has written a visionary, optimistic, inspiring book about the future of gender relations in America. She writes with verve, rigor and a keen sense for the unexpected. This is the rare book about the future that not only tells you where we’re headed by why we should want to arrive.” —Steve Coll, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and president of the New America Foundation
“Liza Mundy has done something remarkable: she has taken all the major social and economic threads of the past decade, and woven them into a tapestry that explains, well . . . everything. About love, and sex, and family, and work, and the past and the future, and men and women and children. And she has not only written a book that’s important, but also one that's a great read.” —Lisa Belkin, author of First, Do No Harm and Life’s Work
“It is an exciting time to witness changing standards in family life: women in charge, men raising babies, both longing for passion and affection. In The Richer Sex, Liza Mundy asks the poignant questions of how and why these changes are occurring. She deftly examines who wins, who loses, and who is left on the battlefields of love, sex, and money.” —Dr. Justin R. Garcia, author and Research Fellow, The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction
“Will the world change once women make up the majority of breadwinners? It assuredly will, and Liza Mundy gives us a fascinating advance report on the sweeping transformations—in romance, economics, politics and family life—headed our way. They will make all our lives better, and Mundy is the first to bring us the good news.” —Annie Murphy Paul, author of Origins: How the Nine Months Before Birth Shape the Rest of Our Lives
“Ambitious . . . Separating The Richer Sex from earlier manifestos and exposés about women . . . is Mundy’s fresh reporting and the reams of new social science research she summarizes to make her case.” —Rachel Shteir, The New York Times Book Review
"A fascinating look at a trend that promises major social changes." —Booklist
About the Author
Liza Mundy is the bestselling author of Michelle: A Biography and Everything Conceivable and is a staff writer at The Washington Post. She lives in Arlington, Virginia.
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This book will make any reader go ummm!! It does present a convincing story about how our culture has changed. The changing role of women is that engine of that change. More women are working. More women are going to college. The women are obtaining higher paying jobs consistently over their male counterparts. All of this is probably something everybody already knows. However when you see it laid out in this format you will have the light go on in your head. Now you will have a reason behind what you see in your world everyday. All of this change has huge impacts on the family structure. This change has huge implications for the country in terms of culture, birth rate, and via other ways.
Now on to the delta, the things the book lacks. The book has some good research but not enough to support the claims. Most of what the author relies on is case stories. Whereas they are interesting but no one can make judgements about the whole country from these things. The author's big conclusions are based off of these case studies. I am not so sure you can make such broad statements without some more macro data to support the claim.
Also, I think she has some shortfalls in her work. Males and females are not carbon copies. Anyone with kids know that. Daughters have different likes than sons. There is to little discussion about these internal things in relation to what is happening in the work world. She does have a few stories about how different males and females deal with it. However there isn't much copy devoted to the issue. How is this changing us as a people? I think we can see it ourselves as the culture becomes more sensitive about various things than it way 30 years ago. Little league football teams in some cities have been replaced by soccer teams. There are very few sex orientated activities anymore. Forty percent of all births now are out of wedlock. The traditional marriage arrangement is almost a rare animal. The author doesn't address these deep implications of these changes.
Overall I do think most people will enjoy it but don't base any big things off of it.
However, there is a strange blind spot. The author, despite bright on many topics (except Evolutionary Psychology), appears unable to see that this new empowered female society can not last long. Two or three generations, at most.
The new women that she points has very few children, most them one or two, unable to keep this way of life because it's reproduction rates are below the critical limit.
While this, traditional women, especially muslim or christians conservatives, reproduce on a much higher rate, keeping the old life style alive.
It's just a matter of time to a complete Backlash. That's the prejudice on ignore biological facts.
But this book is worthy!
Marcus Valerio XR
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This book is telling actually just 2 clear things, underlined and repeated over and over again:
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