Susan Maushart
Wifework: What Marriage Really Means for Women
July 03, 2019 Comments.. 809
Wifework What Marriage Really Means for Women Wifework is a fiercely argued in depth look at the inequitable division of labor between husbands and wives Bolstering her own personal experience as a twice married mother of three with substantial

  • Title: Wifework: What Marriage Really Means for Women
  • Author: Susan Maushart
  • ISBN: 9781582342764
  • Page: 204
  • Format: Paperback
  • Wifework is a fiercely argued, in depth look at the inequitable division of labor between husbands and wives Bolstering her own personal experience as a twice married mother of three with substantial research and broad statistical evidence, Susan Maushart explores the theoretical and evolutionary reasons behind marriage inequality She forces us to consider why 50 per cenWifework is a fiercely argued, in depth look at the inequitable division of labor between husbands and wives Bolstering her own personal experience as a twice married mother of three with substantial research and broad statistical evidence, Susan Maushart explores the theoretical and evolutionary reasons behind marriage inequality She forces us to consider why 50 per cent of marriages end in divorce, and why women are responsible for initiating three quarters of them If family life is worth saving, and Maushart passionately believes it is, the job description for wives will have to be rewritten.Susan Maushart was born in New York and has lived in Australia since 1985 Her first book, Sort of a Place Like Home, won a Festival Award for Literature at the Adelaide Festival in 1994, and her second, The Mask of Motherhood, was published to international acclaim She is a senior research associate at Curtin University, a columnist for the Australian Magazine and lives in Perth with her three children An often funny dissection of modern marriage100 percent honest A smart and witty book Publishers Weekly With good hud aplomb, Maushart makes clear she doesn t think marriage or men are rotten , but that the way we typically divide up the business and the pleasure, too of our adult relationships is inefficient, maladaptive, and unfair Bookpage Maushart assembles an overwhelming amount of data documenting how marriage has perpetuated inequities between husband and wife Christian Science Monitor Daily Susan Maushart s heartfelt and incendiary Wifework is a brief against traditional marriage that took me back to the galvanizing effect of reading Friedan Salon A wake up call for women feeling trapped by marriage Booklist

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    1. Sharon says:

      I did not get into this book, I could not feel the desire to read it. I agree with a lot of what she is saying, but I just did not like the way the book just kept going on like a long complaint about men and how women getting married will ruin our lives.Society is structured the way it is, and it is up to the individual to change it if so desired. Every marriage is a individual thing, known only by the individuals involved within. If they are happy with their lot, then they should be left in pea [...]

    2. Munazza says:

      Maushart has some great insights, and the book is definitely engaging to the very end. I was particularly struck by the observation that the joint enterprise of marriage is seen by a majority of both men and women as the wife's problem; the husband is just a volunteer. This idea is perfectly illustrated by the following exchange in Chapter 15:"'From now on,' my friend Jane announced to her husband recently, "I'm going to be available to help you with the housework and cooking any time you feel y [...]

    3. Sandra says:

      I'll warn you right now, if you read this book and have a (male) partner then you're going to get angry. The first time I read this I was in the process of moving in with my now ex. I had barely reached chapter three when the fights started. Susan Maushart absolutely NAILS what marriage means for women, and not all of it is good. Susan isn't, I should point out, adverse to men. Far from it, and its her study of the institution written from the trenches that makes this all the more fascinating. I [...]

    4. Erin says:

      Depressing, yet thought-provoking. Makes you think about your expectations and adjusting them accordingly.

    5. Meredith says:

      Reading this book has convinced me that I am the domestically inept husband and Mr. Mere is the wife. Our relationship is, on almost every level, the exact opposite of the prototypical, traditional marriage set forth in this book. To quote one of the would-be nannies from Mrs. Doubtfire, "I don't do laundry, I don't do windows, I don't do carpets, I don't do bathtubs, I don't do toilets, I don't do diapers . . . I don't do washing, I don't do basements, I don't do dinners, and I don't do reading [...]

    6. Frangipani says:

      That men really truly are a bunch of lazy Yep, I'm not the only one out there that feels like I do 150%!!!! Deal with it, get on with life, accept that women care more and do more, and make time for yourself. Stop doing the martyr/nagging thing, it's pointless. Men's listening ears aren't turned on unless you are some sort of live television broadcast involving sport or scantily clad women.

    7. Ainsley says:

      Five stars for making excellent points about the inequities of many (modern) marriages; two stars removed for (often unsupported) generalizations about "nearly all women" and "most marriages".

    8. Shonna Froebel says:

      Interesting.Made me look harder at my actions and reactions.Don't know that I will actually change anything, but I'll understand why and be more self-aware.

    9. nks says:

      Marriage is associated with good mental health status in men, and negative mental health status in women. Fuuuuck. And yet it's no surprise, and I would guess that any woman who has ever been married would find herself in these pages. (Though I suspect very few men would recognize the world described, if the stats are correct.)A very interesting, if depressing, exploration of the gender inequalities that appear in a heterosexual marriage backed by a lot of research and statistical evidence. FYI [...]

    10. Gayle Noble says:

      Fairly grim reading on the undervalued and mainly unappreciated emotional work that falls disproportionately upon women in heterosexual marriages.

    11. Vicki says:

      As a compendium of amazing statistics and sociological research about marriage, and the effect of marriage on men and women, and especially the disparities between those two categories, this book was 5 stars. If I were in a position to require that other adults read books, I'd make this required reading, especially for men. I had a couple of problems with the book, though. Maushart casts a critical eye on a lot of commonly accepted evopsych truisms (men are evolved to be promiscuous; women are n [...]

    12. Sarah Davies says:

      Really fascinating and rage-making in equal measure. Was published in 2001 so would welcome an update esp. regarding stats but would argue that not that much has changed regrettable in terms of the status quo despite the fact that a two income family is more and more necessary in order to maintain a household.Really glad I read it as I have seen it recommended countless times!

    13. Beth says:

      I read Maushart's newest (the Winter of our Disconnect) and loved it. This one, while good, is more of a slog as it is much more scholarly with many less anecdotes to lighten the reading.I grew up and went to college at a time when feminism was all the rage and we thought we were so much further ahead then our parents (born in the late 50's, college in the late 70's). I did fight for the right to be equal, I attended engineering school and had more than my share of run-ins with males who thought [...]

    14. Mel says:

      "Is marriage without wifework a contradiction in terms? Or marriage without gender? Or gender without injustice? Is marriage good for anything, or for anyone? Is it necessary at all? Do women need to discard the idea of a happy marriage as a hopeless oxymoron? And if not, what exactly would we need to change - and how?"A lot of difficult but interesting questions, served with a side of our own ignorance (which made it a blessing for some and frustrates many).The book does not set out to answer q [...]

    15. Marjorie Elwood says:

      I had to take breaks while reading this book because it infuriated me: the extent to which women and men collude in having women take care of men within marriage, as though the husband is another child. Maushart points out that - in addition to shouldering the vast majority of unpaid household labor and child-care "drudgework" - wives typically maintain their husband's relationship with *his* family; organize the entire family's social life; defer in day-to-day conversations; monitor their husba [...]

    16. CJ says:

      Wifework took me a long time to finish. It's one of those books that I could only read chapter by chapter (and sometimes not even that much at a time). Maushart hit a little too close to home sometimes and I needed to process that before I could continue. Yes, it sucks to be the responsible one. Yes, it sucks to be the human calendar. Yes, it sucks that when I was in graduate school I had the equivalent of three full time jobs (student, wife/mother, actual job). We're women, we deal with it and [...]

    17. Kat says:

      My feelings on this book are so conflicted! Though, to be fair, sociology on the whole overwhelms me (when I took a college course I had to drop it; how can we effectively study that which we are?). Some great points, some interesting points, some irritating "correlation is not causation" kind of points, some strong bias from a woman who has been divorced twice.

    18. Jennifer Hall says:

      This book starts out with a sort of bashing undertone. It's isn't something for the 'macho guy' reader. HOwever, it is enlightening in regards to undercurrents of thoughts and behaviors that seem to emerge in women, when they marry, or become mothers. It also explores the 'partiarchical mind set that accompanies marriage'ch food for thought within these pages, much food for thought.

    19. Ruth says:

      I read this a while ago. Anyone who wants to go into marriage with their eyes open and can stand the negative slant of this book, should read it. Although, from what I see, the current young marrieds are finally turning it around to a more equitable arrangement. And don't give me that line "what about love". Love has nothing to do with it.

    20. Rose says:

      The statistical data is interesting. I found the formatting of the book insufferable and the author sometimes writes in circles. Worst of all she offers no opinion on how things need to change to prevent the mental health problems inherent in marriage.

    21. Mary Alexandra says:

      I like this book, but I found the author to be too subjective. Her whole stance is against marriage and the inequality and responsibilities it comes with. I would have appreciated something a little more objective.

    22. Sara Lamers says:

      I don't agree with ALL of her claims, but my Women's Studies friends should find this one interesting

    23. Daniel Schulte says:

      All men should read this book. Period.

    24. Glenda says:

      Haha!! Read this a few months before I got marriedjust so I knew what I was in for! Sean did not agree with it.

    25. Monica says:

      I'm skimming it a bit.

    26. Rania سوجاين says:

      يتحدث الكتاب عن ما يعنيه الزواج للمرأة بدقة وباستخدام الواقع ودراسات علمية وإحصائية لو قرأته فستكرهين الزواج من أصله لكن جرعة من الواقعية ضرورية!

    27. Catherine Gentry says:

      An excellent summary of the research findings from all of the English speaking world.

    28. C. says:

      Major disagreements with much of this, but it's a good accumulation of evidence.

    29. Di says:

      Read it!

    30. Rachel says:

      Woah this was a tough read, not because of the style but the subject matter. Shocking and provocative, it certainly raised some consciousness at this end.

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