The Mating Game: How Gender Still Shapes How We Date

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Univ of California Press, Feb 18, 2020 - Social Science - 248 pages

Despite enormous changes in patterns of dating and courtship in twenty-first-century America, contemporary understandings of romance and intimacy remain firmly rooted in age-old assumptions of gender difference. These tenacious beliefs now vie with cultural messages of gender equality that stress independence, self-development, and egalitarian practices in public and private life.

Through interviews with heterosexual and LGBTQ individuals, Ellen Lamont’s The Mating Game explores how people with diverse sexualities and gender identities date, form romantic relationships, and make decisions about future commitments as they negotiate uncertain terrain fraught with competing messages about gender, sexuality, and intimacy.

 

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Contents

The Quest for Egalitarian Love
20
Heterosexual Women Caught
53
Inequality Disguised
79
LGBQ People Reimagine
107
The More Things Change
141
Dated Dating and the Stalled Gender Revolution
174
Summary of Interview Respondents
185
Interview Guide
191
Notes
201
References
213
Index
223
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 Ellen Lamont is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Appalachian State University.

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