All The Single Ladies – by Rebecca Traister – is an utterly brilliant read and it’s not just about “single ladies.” Rather, it is super readable lengthy reportage on women, money, economic independence and how that has influenced sex, identity and relationships. Its scope is incredible – though admittedly America-centered – going from the newly female-run households of freed slaves after the Civil War to the impact of shows such as Mary Tyler Moore back in the day. It’s also hilarious – she has a penchant for skewering a particular genre of conservative columnist and their attacks on single mothers, women who “work too much”, women who are “selfish” and those who “break up the family unit.” But it’s not a polemical rant – one of her key points is that relationships with gender equity work out way better for both parties. She makes a powerful case for how female economic empowerment (compared to – say – the lives of our grandmothers) has changed everything and that there are powerful forces working against that or – at best – not quite with the program yet. If you’re looking for a substantial and inspirational Amazonian read for a Retro-Venus reset – whether or not you are single – i totally recommend this book. Thoughts?
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