A REVOLUTION IS UNDER WAY.
Within a generation, more households will be supported by women than by men. In The Richer Sex, Liza Mundy takes us to the exciting frontier of this new economic order: she shows us why this flip is inevitable, what surprising adjustments will have to be made along the way, and how both men and women will feel surprisingly liberated in the end.
The bestselling author and Washington Post writer goes deep inside the lives of the couples on this cutting edge to paint a picture of how dating, marriage, and home life are changing. How does this new generation of breadwomen navigate paying for a night on the town? In whose interest is it to delay commitment? Are men for the first time thinking of marriage the way women used to—as a bet on the economic potential of a spouse? In this new world of men marrying up, are women learning to value new realms of male endeavor—like parenting, protection, and a margarita at the ready?
The future is here, with couples today debating who must assume the responsibility of primary earner and who gets the freedom to be on the slow track. As more men choose to stay home, that lifestyle has gained a higher status, and males have found ways to retain their masculinity. And the revolution is global: Mundy takes us from Japan to Denmark to show how both sexes are adapting as the marriage market has turned into a giant free-for-all, with men and women at different stages of this transformation finding partners in other countries who match their expectations.
The Richer Sex is a wild ride into the future, grounded in Mundy’s peerless journalism, and bound to cause women and men of all generations to rethink what this social upheaval will mean.
This thought-provoking exploration of the way women's expanding roles in the workplace is changing their lives at home is sure to create a stir. Journalist Mundy, author of a recent biography of Michelle Obama, has conducted extensive interviews around the U.S. with women (and men) who candidly spoke about their changing needs and desires in romantic relationships. "We are entering the era in which roles will flip," she writes. Mundy is adept at teasing out the various dilemmas and situations that will result if women do continue their path of usurpation in education and the workplace: will women divorce underperforming husbands who don't hold up their share of the work, at home or on the job? Will they be able to let go of the role of "gatekeeper" of the home and turn it over to their husbands? Will men learn to cede the traditional breadwinner role to more-qualified wives? In addition to the reconfiguration of economic and domestic mores, Mundy also posits that the "Big Flip" will drastically affect perceptions of gender roles and biological proclivities. Her tone is pleasingly optimistic, but Mundy occasionally overreaches with broad generalizations, such as her assertion that for "today's self-sufficient, economically providing women, a man who fishes and hunts will have the same elemental sex appeal he has had since the beginning of time." Readable and poignant, Mundy's latest is the perfect starting-point for this timely conversation.