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The Improvised Woman : Single Women Reinventing Single Life

Clements, Marcelle

Verlag: W.W. Norton & Company, USA, 1998
ISBN 10: 0393046435 / ISBN 13: 9780393046434
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Titel: The Improvised Woman : Single Women ...

Verlag: W.W. Norton & Company, USA

Erscheinungsdatum: 1998

Einband: hardcover

Zustand: Very Good

Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Very Good

Auflage: First Edition.

Art des Buches: Ex Library.


Good clean copy, contents bright and tight. Remnants of library sheet to FEP, usual stamps and markings. Text is unaffected. Appears little - read. Sticker to spine. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 221414

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Inhaltsangabe: In this work, Marcelle Clements asks what it is like to be a modern single woman. She discusses this complex question, while at the same time celebrating the real lives of single American women. Between 1991 and 1998 Clements has asked over 100 women - young and old, never married, divorced and widowed, mothers and the childless - to talk to her about being single. She asked how they got there, whether they were sorry or glad and what their experiences were. They speak frankly about subjects such as power, status, money, class, family, sense of home, romance, love, sex, fears of old age and death, and the future of the gender. The result is a portrait of women whose lives defy easy categorization and break the stereotypes of the past.

Rezension: We have come a long way, baby. When a group of women were asked what the ideal relationship was, none of them mentioned traditional marriage. Hmmm. Far from a collection of woeful tales of singledom, The Improvised Woman thoroughly debunks the traditional perception of lonely single women. Author Marcelle Clements takes a journalistic view of her interviewees, who range in age from their 20s to their 90s, and her objectiveness is refreshingly telling. Says one woman about her lover, "I would never marry him. I think any woman who reaches a mature age would be foolish to. Why should I give up my independence? Why should I give up my privacy?"

The majority of women that Clements talked to certainly aren't afraid of single motherhood ("it's much easier to raise children by yourself than to handle children and be a wife at the same time"). Their lives are full of passion--but passion for anything but men. Most of the divorced and widowed women profiled in the book are much more self-actualized and content with their lives than they were when they were married. A frequent refrain heard from these women is that "the ones who aren't hopeless are married," and that it's better to be alone than to feel lonely while maintaining empty relationships, which one woman described as "unsatisfying limbos."

This hefty, illuminating book will not only make for empowering reading for single women, but it could also be a kick in the pants for those men who claim that women are inscrutable. The beliefs and self-perceptions of the women profiled in this book--on subjects such as sex, work, romance, and family--are powerful testimonies about what it means to be female at the turn of the century. Clements has compiled a lively chunk of sociological history here. --Erica Jorgensen

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