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Perfect husbands (& other fairy tales) : demystifying marriage, men, and romance

Author: Regina Barreca
Publisher: New York : Harmony Books, ©1993.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"In Perfect Husbands (& Other Fairy Tales), a book as provocative as Colette Dowling's The Cinderella Complex and Deborah Tannen's You Just Don't Understand, Regina Barreca explores the new politics of marriage in a witty, engaging guide to the evolving roles of husbands and wives in a radically changed world." "Myths, images, and roles mark the place of the husband in contemporary American culture. While the social  Read more...
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Barreca, Regina.
Perfect husbands (& other fairy tales).
New York : Harmony Books, ©1993
(OCoLC)624453411
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Regina Barreca
ISBN: 0517595389 9780517595381
OCLC Number: 27676611
Description: viii, 280 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Ch. 1. Why a Husband of One's Own? Rights, Rituals, and Relative Happiness --
Ch. 2. Going to the Chapel vs. Wedding Bell Blues: Details on the Feminine Quest for Romance --
Ch. 3. Why Do Husbands Hate Sundays? Men's Uneasy Domesticity --
Ch. 4. Whose Deal Is It Anyway?: Why Men Think Women Control the Dating and Newlywed Games --
Ch. 5. Learning the Ropes and Tying the Knot: Men's Lessons in Love and Marriage --
Ch. 6. You Bet Your Life: Why Women Think Men Make All the Deals --
Ch. 7. Breaking the Glass Slipper: The Trouble With Static Expectations in a Changing World --
Ch. 8. The Emotional Menage a Trois: Can You Love Two Men at the Same Time? --
Ch. 9. Having More Than You Show: The Trials and Rewards of Independence --
Ch. 10. Mating in Captivity: Sexual Scripts and Cultural Climaxes --
Ch. 11. Husbands and Other Strangers: Who Is That Emotionally Masked Man? --
Ch. 12. Nice Work If You Can Get It: Work, Money, and Questions of Value --
Conclusion: From Romance to Reality.
Responsibility: Regina Barreca.
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"In Perfect Husbands (& Other Fairy Tales), a book as provocative as Colette Dowling's The Cinderella Complex and Deborah Tannen's You Just Don't Understand, Regina Barreca explores the new politics of marriage in a witty, engaging guide to the evolving roles of husbands and wives in a radically changed world." "Myths, images, and roles mark the place of the husband in contemporary American culture. While the social script for marriage in the Western world has undergone fundamental and irrevocable change in the last fifty years, the concept of the husband as the breadwinner, as head of the household, as the patriarch of the family has always been a sensitive subject for men and women alike. With humor and grace, Barreca helps us to understand the reality of the new equality and what really goes on behind closed doors." ""The questions facing women and men in the 1990s don't involve whether people will pair off - there have always been couples and there will continue to be - but the questions are 'What kinds of partnerships do we expect?'" writes Regina Barreca. "'What kinds of romances do we want?' 'What kinds of marriages should we enter into - and what kinds should we leave?' And, most important, 'What kinds of relationships - and what kinds of loves - will we create for ourselves in the long run?'""--Jacket.

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