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

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 1983 - Family & Relationships - 206 pages
"These men crafted and popularized the ideology that had supported the breadwinner ethic, and when the ideology changed, it was because they changed it. For this reason I feel justified in using a more active construction than the 'collapse of the breadwinner ethic' and talking about a male revolt--though hardly organized and seldom conscious of its goals--against the breadwinner ethic. As a feminist, I have been busy with another revolt for the past twelve years, and I approached this one with initial antagonisim, a gradual increase in understanding and, finally, a certain impatience. The great irony, as I will argue later, is that the right-wing, antifeminist backlash that emerged in the 1970s is a backlash not so much against feminism as against the male revolt. We live in a time that is dangerous to dissidents of all persuasions, and not least to those too helpless and impoverished to dissent. The question is whether we rebels of both sexes have enough in common to work together toward a more generous, dignified and caring society."--Introduction (page 13)

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INTRODUCTION Why Women Married
EARLY REBELS The Gray Flannel

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Barbara Ehrenreich is the author of "Blood Rites"; "The Worst Years of Our Lives"; "Fear of Falling", which was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award, & eight other books. A frequent contributor to Time, Harper's, Esquire, The New Republic, Mirabella, The Nation, The New York Magazine, she lives near Key West, Florida.

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