Outdated: Why Dating Is Ruining Your Love Life

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Da Capo Press, Sep 27, 2011 - Family & Relationships - 280 pages
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Romance and love are in a state of crisis: Statistically speaking, young women today are living romantic lives of all kinds—but they’re still feeling bogged down by social, cultural, economic, and familial pressures to love in a certain way. Young women in the modern world have greater flexibility than ever when it comes to who we choose to love and how we choose to love them; but while social circumstances may have changed since our parents’ generation, certain life expectations remain. In Outdated, Samhita Mukhopadhyay addresses the difficulty of negotiating loving relationships within the borderlands of race, culture, class, and sexuality—and of holding true to our convictions and maintaining our independence while we do it.

Outdated analyzes how different forms of media, cultural norms, family pressure, and even laws, are produced to scare women into believing that if they don’t devote themselves to finding a man, they’ll be doomed to a life of loneliness and shame. Using interviews with young women that are living around, between, within, and outside of the romantic industrial complex, Mukhopadhyay weaves a narrative of the alternative ways that women today have elected to live their lives, and in doing so offers a fresh, feminist look at an old topic: How do diverse, independent young women date happily and successfully—and outside of the box?


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Samhita Mukhopadhyay is a writer and activist, and is currently the Executive Editor of Feministing.com. She is also web manager at the Center for Media Justice, an Oakland-based organization that provides media strategy and action for justice-based grassroots organizing groups. She has a bachelor's degree in sociology and women's studies from SUNY Albany, and a master's degree in women's studies focused on blogging, gender, social networking technology and activism from San Francisco State.

Mukhopadhyay is on the advisory board at WireTap magazine, and she has written for New American Media, Wiretap, Colorlines, The Nation, and The American Prospect. She has been featured in India Currents magazine, Nirali Magazine, and Alternet, and in 2007 she was named a Champion of Sexual Literacy by the National Sexuality Resource Center.

Mukhopadhyay focuses most of her writing on popular culture, race, gender, the prison industrial complex, and the romantic industrial complex. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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