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Stephen Marche engagingly highlights the friction at the intersection of everyday life and gender politics. He gave up his tenure-track teaching position so his family could move to Canada where his wife had been offered a great job. She became the primary breadwinner, and Marche stayed home to raise their children. His intellectual musings, political soliloquys, personal disclosures and occasional speeches make his essays as challenging as they are endearing. Happily, commentary by Marche’s wife, magazine editor Sarah Fulford, anchors the conversation. getAbstract finds that their fresh perspective is a treat for those navigating the evolving domestic and professional landscape and a boost for proponents of gender equality.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What the newest iteration of the gender wars encompasses,
  • How the evolution of gender roles affects men and women, and
  • How new power dynamics encroach on the domestic sphere.
 

About the Author

Stephen Marche contributes to Esquire, The Atlantic and The New York Times and has written three novels and the nonfiction work, How Shakespeare Changed Everything. Sarah Fulford, editor in chief of Toronto Life, won two Canadian National Magazine Awards.

 

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You’ve Got Some “Mansplaining” to Do
Essayist Rebecca Solnit coined the word “mansplaining” after an interaction with a man at a party. When she told him she wrote a book about film pioneer Eadweard Muybridge (1830-1904), the man attempted to impress her with his knowledge of Muybridge...

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    Sheila Kaur 5 months ago
    It's 2017. In my view, unless the discussion on such topics is solutions driven, it's not useful to dwell in the laggards of societal weaknesses at a time when humans are attempting enormous feats such as inter planetary habitation and travel, and to unravel the human genome to cure diseases. Yes, the realities of gender and race bias exist. And, yes, these limiting beliefs would, I believe, most certainly keep those who practice such beliefs, separated from the benefits of such accomplishments and the R&D around them. I have experienced gender bias, in pockets of society in just about every country I've ever visited. It's my belief, in modern economies at least, such pockets of bias exist not because of culture or national identity, but personal choices.
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    John Leslie 5 months ago
    I have experienced this relationship in the life of one of my children. The transition is difficult. My son feels he must contribute, vocally at least, and continues to give his companion advice. She willingly listens, but I suspect she does her own thing. Their relationship has continued for 18 years, so it must be working.
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    Martin De Urgoiti 5 months ago
    Not sure what to make about the book.

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