You'll Do: A History of Marrying for Reasons Other Than Love
You'll Do: A History of Marrying for Reasons Other Than Love

You'll Do: A History of Marrying for Reasons Other Than Love

Zug, Marcia A.
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For attendees to the Ashland Public Library Event with Marcia A. Zug on March 11, the author will be signing bookplates for every book ordered through Aesop's Fable.

An illuminating and thought-provoking examination of the uniquely American institution of marriage, from the Colonial era through the #MeToo age

Perfect for fans of Rebecca Solnit and Rebecca Traister

Americans hold marriage in such high esteem that we push people toward it, reward them for taking part in it, and fetishize its benefits to the point that we routinely ignore or excuse bad behavior and societal ills in the name of protecting and promoting it.

In eras of slavery and segregation, Blacks sometimes gained white legal status through marriage.

Laws have been designed to encourage people to marry so that certain societal benefits could be achieved: the population would increase, women would have financial security, children would be cared for, and immigrants would have familial connections.

As late as the Great Depression, poor young women were encouraged to marry aged Civil War veterans for lifetime pensions.

The widely overlooked problem with this tradition is that individuals and society have relied on marriage to address or dismiss a range of injustices and inequities, from gender- and race-based discrimination, sexual violence, and predation to unequal financial treatment.

One of the most persuasive arguments against women's right to vote was that marrying and influencing their husband's choices was just as meaningful, if not better.

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Steerforth (January 9, 2024)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586423742