The H-Spot: The Feminist Pursuit of Happiness

The H-Spot: The Feminist Pursuit of Happiness

by Jill Filipovic


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What do women want? The same thing men were promised in the Declaration of Independence: happiness, or at least the freedom to pursue it.

For women, though, pursuing happiness is a complicated endeavor, and if you head out into America and talk to women one-on-one, as Jill Filipovic has done, you'll see that happiness is indelibly shaped by the constraints of gender, the expectations of feminine sacrifice, and the myriad ways that womanhood itself differs along lines of race, class, location, and identity.

In The H-Spot, Filipovic argues that the main obstacle standing in-between women and happiness is a rigged system. In this world of unfinished feminism, men have long been able to "have it all" because of free female labor, while the bar of achievement for women has only gotten higher. Never before have women at every economic level had to work so much (whether it's to be an accomplished white-collar employee or just make ends meet). Never before have the standards of feminine perfection been so high. And never before have the requirements for being a "good mother" been so extreme. If our laws and policies made women's happiness and fulfillment a goal in and of itself, Filipovic contends, many of our country's most contentious political issues--from reproductive rights to equal pay to welfare spending--would swiftly be resolved.

Filipovic argues that it is more important than ever to prioritize women's happiness-and that doing so will make men's lives better, too. Here, she provides an outline for a feminist movement we all need and a blueprint for how policy, laws, and society can deliver on the promise of the pursuit of happiness for all.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781568588438
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 05/01/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 653,587
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Jill Filipovic is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times and a regular columnist for, where she was previously a senior political writer. A former columnist for the Guardian, she is also an attorney. Her work on law, politics, gender, and foreign affairs has appeared in the Washington Post, Time, Nation, Foreign Policy, and others. Follow her on Twitter @JillFilipovic.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions: The History of Women's Unhappiness 11

2 Summer Sisters: Women and the Power of Friendship 33

3 Playing in the Dark: Sex, Pleasure, and Pain 53

4 Life Among the Savages: Finding Pleasure in Parenting 91

5 Wife: The Feminist Transformation of Marital Happiness 137

6 Bossypants: Making Work Work for Women 177

7 The Edible Woman: Food, Fat, and Feminism 217

8 The Story of a New Name: Identity and Female Sacrifice 245

Goodbye to All That: A Conclusion (and what comes next) 267

Acknowledgments 281

Notes 285

Index 307

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