Overview

Columnist, acclaimed author and social commentator Susan Maushart unsheathes her notorious wit and unerring sense of style on the knotty question of feminine fulfilment in a postfeminist world. What do women want from love and sex, marriage and motherhood, friends, family and career? And how much of it can we get?

When I was a teenager, she writes, I thought love would solve everything. In my early twenties I thought sex would solve everything....

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What Women Want Next

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Overview

Columnist, acclaimed author and social commentator Susan Maushart unsheathes her notorious wit and unerring sense of style on the knotty question of feminine fulfilment in a postfeminist world. What do women want from love and sex, marriage and motherhood, friends, family and career? And how much of it can we get?

When I was a teenager, she writes, I thought love would solve everything. In my early twenties I thought sex would solve everything. By my late twenties, I thought a career would solve everything.

At age thirty I thought marriage would solve everything, and then-when it didn't-I was sure that motherhood would. By my late thirties, following a brief period of certainty that therapy would solve everything, I became convinced that divorce would solve everything.

At forty I saw how absurd this all was, and decided to renovate.

So what do women want next? Find out in this blackly funny, sharply intelligent exploration of where we were, where we are, and where we're trying to get to.

'Witty, sharp and original, a woman men should listen to...Maushart extends a stylish invitation to listen.' Australian

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A feminist's witty and wide-ranging meditation, first published in Australia in 2005, on what makes women happy in the post-feminist era. Maushart (Wifework, 2002, etc.), a columnist for Australia Magazine and a researcher at Curtin University, Perth, draws on a broad range of sources and her own personal experiences as wife, ex-wife and single mother of three in this exploration of women and well-being. Throughout, her wry comments-"I was sick of reading Hallmark cards about motherhood. I wanted the Cliff Notes"-and frank asides make for entertaining reading. Quoting Freud and Friedan and citing research from sociological and psychological journals, other feminist writings, newspapers and magazines, she reports on what it has been said women want in regards to sex, marriage, motherhood and work. In her view, the feminist movement demanded equality and freedom of choice, whereas what's wanted now is equivalency and the courage to choose fearlessly and the wisdom to choose well. Among mothers especially, she finds that "depression levels, stress-related disorders and free-floating guilt and anxiety have reached epidemic proportions." To the overall question of what women want, Maushart acknowledges that there is no single, simple answer. Put in the broadest of terms, it is the power to have richer, more satisfying lives. Hardly profound, but Maushart offers a breezy style, vivid personal anecdotes and a funny take on female-male relationships.
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"Maushart offers a breezy style, vivid personal anecdotes and a funny take on female-male relationships."—Kirkus Reviews

 

What Women Want Next lays out a detailed guide for living well and happily within realistic expectations, a book about counting blessings and determination.”—Sunday Telegraph (Australia)

 

“This is feminism at its page-turning best: engaging with rather than preaching to contemporary women. Reading this book is like having a heart-to-heart about all these issues with a (very informed) friend.”—Good Reading (Australia)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596918535
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 12/17/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • File size: 545 KB

Meet the Author

Susan Maushart was born in New York and has lived in Australia since 1985. She is a senior research associate at Curtin University, and a columnist for the Australian Magazine. She lives in Perth with her three children.

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