The Hearts of Men: American Dreams and the Flight from Commitment

by Barbara Ehrenreich

Hardcover, 1983




Anchor Books (1983), Edition: 1st, 206 pages


From the bestselling author of Nickel and Dimed, an explanation of recent sexual culture and the loosening of marriage bonds in recent history. "Finally someone is offering a new, utterly plausible explanation...of loosening marriage bonds. According to Barbara is men who started walking off, in search of freedom from their stifling role of breadwinner/success-machine. The shock--and exhilaration--of this book comes from the recognition that here is a woman who has dared to look beyond the everyday assumptions about love and commitment to examine which bonds between men and women can endure and which may last forever."--Vogue

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LibraryThing member engpunk77
What The Feminine Mystique was for women, this book is for men. The back cover critics explain my sentiments so well, I'll present them here:
[The book] not only explodes some pervasive beliefs, it affords an invigorating reading of American culture through the last three decades."

Ehrenreich explores new relationships between men and women and explains why the old way is no longer acceptable. My favorite quote from this book, which once resided on my refrigerator for months, is "Roles...are not fit aspirations for adults, but the repetitive performances of people who have forgotten that it is only other people who write the scripts."
Awesome, enlightening book. Will help change your perspective about gender roles and relationships between the sexes.
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206 p.; 8.3 inches


0385176147 / 9780385176149

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