Wifework : What Marriage Really Means for Women
'Men get one thing from marriage that women never do. They get wives.' Husbands and wives may say they are committed to equality. Yet, whether employed or not, wives still perform an astounding share of the physical, emotional and organisational labour in marriage - everything from housework to 'sex work'. 'Wifework' is shorthand for this relentless routine of husband maintenance. Women today initiate three-quarters of all divorces. Wifework, Maushart argues, lies at the core of their disillusionment. If family life is worth saving, wifework will have to go. And that means rewriting the job description to make marriage more equitable, less exhausting and more fun for women. In this compulsively readable book, Susan Maushart documents the wifework dilemma and explores its consequences for all the stakeholders: men, women and children alike. "Wifework" is funny, lucid, provocative and inspirational.
- Paperback | 288 pages
- 129 x 198 x 18mm | 234g
- 03 Mar 2003
- Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- London, United Kingdom
- New edition
- New edition
'Susan Maushart offers a lusty cry against self-betrayal with marriage ... she is an honest polemicist' TLS 'Wifework is 100% honest ... a smart and witty book" Publisher's Weekly
About Susan Maushart
Susan Maushart was born in New York and emigrated to Australia in 1985. She is the author of THE MASK OF MOTHERHOOD which was published to international acclaim in 1999. She is a senior research associate at Curtin University, a columnist for the Australian Magazine and lives in Perth with her three children.