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A History of the Wife Paperback – 5 February 2002
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Marilyn Yalom was a former professor of French and a senior scholar at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University. She was the author of widely acclaimed books such as A History of the Breast, A History of the Wife, Birth of the Chess Queen, and, most recently, How the French Invented Love. She lived in Palo Alto, California, with her husband, psychiatrist and author Irvin D. Yalom.
- Publisher : Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (5 February 2002)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 464 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0060931566
- ISBN-13 : 978-0060931568
- Dimensions : 20.47 x 13.61 x 2.9 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 262,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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. Es ging in den Geschichtsbüchern der Vergangenheit fast ausschließlich um große Männer, Staatenlenker, Feldherren, Schlachten, Mächte. Mich hat besonders überrascht, welch untergeordnete Rolle die Frau im demokratischen Athen spielte. Dass Sklaven und Nichtbürger von den Segnungen der Demokratie ausgeschlossen waren, ist bekannt. Dass aber die Frauen wirklich keinerlei Rechte hatten, wird nichtn an die große Glocke gehängt.
As a single woman, I found myself repeating over and over again, "I am SOoo glad I am single" and I am so grateful to be living in a time and place that allows me my autonomy as a single woman. I was amused by the author's bias (did she even notice?)as a married woman - toward the end of the book she sites statistics of how well men fare in marriage as opposed to how women fare, in addition to gliding over the statistics that show single women doing better than married women. Not to trounce on marriage, but, after two marriages, I can say that I truly appreciate my single status (still hold out hope for 'Mr. Right' but, overwhelmingly, the advantage is to singledom).
I also found in interesting, in these days of media publicity directed toward the scourge of "Bullying" that, until recently, it seems to me anyway, marriage was socially condoned bullying. The same type of bullying we are seeing in the controversy over birthcontrol and sexual activity today. The thing that makes women most vulnerable is the process of childbearing and marriage was held up as a means of protecting a woman and her offspring, yet who was going to protect the woman from the marriage (not to say that the bullying doesn't go the other way around, with a woman holding children/finances as a weapon against her husband)?
It would be interesting to address the idea of what an evolved relationship between two consenting adults would be in the future as the traditional idea of marriage appears to be approaching its end.
This book explores what typically was an arranged marriage for family prestige and gain, until it became a love match. Wives roles were more than simply taking care of the house and children through out time. Wives often ran a husbands business, and was even a requirement for some careers.
While this book may have been written from a feminist point of view, I believe this book can be read by all who want to know about the role of a wife from a historical standpoint. Its a wonderful thought provoking read that will leave you thankful you live in the modern age.