More and more women are shunning the institution of marriage. In fact, marriage rates have been declining for years and the percentages of never married young adults has reached a record low of 47 percent. With more women in the workforce, sharp increases in cohabitation, single parenthood, out of wedlock childbirth and skyrocketing divorce rates, fewer women than ever opt to tie the knot.
Timely and relevant, Don't Say I Do! challenges the institution of marriage as the first choice for women in the postmodern era. It reveals that the rules of the game have changed drastically; our lifestyles have loosened and become hectic. It will inspire women to think for themselves seriously consider alternatives for achieving satisfying, rewarding lives and reclaim their strength in today's changing world.
|Publisher:||New Horizon Press|
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Table of Contents
Part I Married Women
1 Pros and Cons of Marriage 11
2 Why Women and Men Cheat 31
3 Unhappily Married Women 51
Part II Unmarried Women
4 A Marriage Deliberations 79
5 Unmarried Women in Happy Relationships 91
6 Unmarried Women in Unhappy Relationships 101
7 Divorced Women 111
8 Single by Choice 123
Part III Today's Women
9 Women's Education and Careers 139
10 The Sexual Revolution: Stage for New Options 157
11 New Roles Women Can Play in Relationships 177
12 How Women Can Open Up 199
Conclusion: Making the Right Choice for Yourself 219
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is brilliant! I recommend it to every unmarried woman who is hesitant about committing to marriage. Living "together apart" with my boyfriend for over 4 years, having read this book I accepted the conclusion that we're okay as we are, an unmarried loving couple, without kids for now. While family might be the next step for us, marriage is definitely not. Both of us are independent and successful individuals, who find marriage totally useless! I must admit, the discussion in the book is both comprehensive and daring in challenging the old fashioned conventions society fed us with a spoon since early childhood. Obviously, what was good a century ago might not be the best relationship arrangement for many couples today. Bottom line: there are vast options for women who remain unmarried or single by choice, both in relationships and without them. Today a woman can be single by choice and also very successful. Unmarried women who truly are motivated to "make it in life" leave men in the dust in academic settings, and more so, as the book reveals, in career ambitions. A great educational and motivational read for every woman!
As a single woman by choice I can't agree more with Gadish. Marriage was the choice of past generations, not anymore. Today's women can really have it all without being lawfully tied. Unmarried women can be in happy and fulfilling relationships, or have kids and families if they want, all without marriage. In addition, being single without a relationship today carries no stigma. Indeed, times have changed! Loved this book for its brave analysis.
Single women, married women, younger women, older women, I urge you . . . buy this book. Whether you are happily married, unhappily married, single, searching, or just plain curious, Don’t Say I Do! makes for a fabulous and thought provoking read. I consider myself to be happily married but among my friends, I must confess that I’m in the minority. Several friends have already been through at least one divorce or have one in the works. And many of my friends in supposedly monogamous relationships are actually dating on the side. To be honest, I just thought that moral standards are on the decline. I try not to judge, but, really, I had been questioning choices my friends were making. This book explains a lot. Maybe I really am in the minority. Gadish makes a strong case for the demise of marriage as we know it and gives relationship options for the post modern era we’re in. I do wonder if the other options Gadish describes, such as living together apart, are really as simple as she makes them out to be, but who knows? Clearly, marriage isn’t working for the majority of us. Whether you agree or disagree, Gadish makes points worth considering. This book will directly apply to most readers and even someone like me, a happily married woman, walks away with heightened awareness and a more empathetic ear to lend toward friends going through relationship crisis.