You’d think the grown-ups would have been happy during the ’50s era of the steady; instead, columnists expressed outrage at these mini-marriages.
Throughout the book, Weigel draws connections between courtship and commerce.
Life really owes me the things that I miss, Fate has to grant me eternal bliss!
And since I must settle for less than this Whine, whine, whine!
“I belong to a generation that grew up hearing that girls could do everything,” Moira Weigel writes in her fascinating social history “Labor of Love.” And yet Weigel, who is in her early 30s, contends that women are still judged in large part on their ability to secure romantic partnerships. [Finally, a book that says single ladies are doing just fine] Today the common wisdom is that dating is dead, lost to hookup culture.
Alice’s exquisitely embroidered pieces are perhaps wasted in a wardrobe – if they’re not being worn we suggest they be hung on a wall.Deception, beguilement, deceit, bluff, mystification, bad faith, and subterfuge are acts to propagate beliefs that are not true, or not the whole truth (as in half-truths or omission).Deception can involve dissimulation, propaganda, and sleight of hand.Love was like the final grade: Whatever else we accomplished would be meaningless without it.” Despite these monumental stakes, she notes, love and romance — the ways humans begin their most intimate relationships — are still dismissed as silly girl stuff, fodder for pink-covered books and scented fashion magazines. If middle-aged journalists are horrified by young people’s courtship rituals, Weigel shows it was always thus.The lack of serious conversation about dating has left Weigel with rich territory to explore, and she makes excellent use of it. Dating, she explains, didn’t even exist until the early 20th century.