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By Tom Digby

Love: From romantic poetry to pop track to self-help manuals, we're instructed that it makes us complete and lifestyles worthy dwelling. but whilst, love is defined as a "battlefield" on which the "war among the sexes" is performed out via energy struggles, and mismatched expectancies. simply metaphors? Tom Digby says "no" -- emphatically -- and the result's a probing but engagingly reader-friendly check out how what he calls "war-reliant societies" foster notions approximately masculinity and femininity which are doomed to collision. Chock-full of examples from modern tradition and blessedly freed from jargon, Love and struggle is among the hottest, smartest books i do know to introduce scholars (and all people else) to how principles approximately gender effect either inner most existence and public coverage -- and vice versa.

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The authorities had other worries, and a conservative politician explicitly preferred ‘the people to amuse themselves with music and dance instead of organizing demonstrations’ (quoted in Klein, 1994: 168). In 1935, the Nazis declared a ‘war against swing’ and banned ‘Nigger-Jazz’ from the air. According to sociologist Gabriele Klein, ‘the revolt of the senses’ had in fact come to an abrupt end in the year of the Depression. The jazz dances and “black” dances, being gender neutral, egalitarian, and involving seemingly unbridled physicality had already provoked a body-hostile reaction.

Here the Americans lagged behind. qxd 12/08/2004 10:36 Page 33 5 Going to Work Manners at Work Of course, gaining ‘the right to pay’ was only a small step on the way towards overcoming the danger of ‘transferring power over women from husbands and fathers to outsiders’. A more important step was ‘the right to earn’, to enter the labour market and aim at financial independence. Going out to work in offices, libraries, hospitals, schools, etc. was another aspect of the development of women ‘escaping’ from homes where they were ‘kept’ by fathers and mothers and husbands, and entering the wider society.

When women paid their own way on dates, men lost that extra power. They were no longer the provider, no longer in control’ (1988: 110). Thus, the danger of the ‘power transfer’ was clearly recognized, although only in retrospect. In 1937, Emily Post complained about the persistence of the tradition of men paying for women: In this modern day, when women are competing with men in politics, in business and in every profession, it is really senseless to cling to that one obsolete convention – no matter what the circumstances – that the man must buy the tickets, pay the check, pay the taxi, or else be branded a gigolo or parasite.

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