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The Meaning of Wife: A Provocative Look at Women and Marriage in the… (2004)
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Delving into the complex, troubling, and sometimes humorous contradictions, illusions, and realities of contemporary wifehood, this book takes the reader on a journey into the wedding industrial complex. Anne Kingston looks at "wife backlash," and the new wave of neo-traditionalism that urges women to marry young; explores the apotheosis of abused wives and the strange celebration of wives who kill; and muses on the fact that Oprah Winfrey and Martha Stewart, two of the world's wealthiest and most influential women, are both unmarried. The result is an entertaining mix of social, sexual, historical, and economic commentary that is bound to stir debate even as it reframes our view of both women and marriage.
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"The confusion over the role of wife and the way this uncertainty has impacted women of all generations is at the heart of Anne Kingston's The Meaning of Wife." "Delving into the complex, troubling, and sometimes humorous contradictions, illusions, and realities of wifehood today, Kingston takes the reader on a journey into the wedding-industrial complex, which elevates the bride to a potent consumer icon by fanning the flames of "wife lust"; through the recent romanticization of domesticity; and across the conflicted terrain of wifely sexuality. Conversely, Kingston explores "wife backlash": the glorification of single women in the culture, as no better evidenced than by the wild success of Sex and the City; the apotheosis of the abused wife; and the perverse celebration of wives who kill their husbands. Along the way, Kingston muses on why Oprah Winfrey and Martha Stewart - two of the world's wealthiest and most influential women - are both non-wives whose success hinged on their understanding of wives; how the role of wife remains to this day a method of keeping women in check; and why ultimately the definition of wife should be the battleground for our next social revolution."--BOOK JACKET.
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