by Susan Maushart - £14.99 Bloomsbury (2003)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780747561729 | ISBN 10: 0747561729
Becoming a wife will erode your mental health, reduce your leisure, decimate your libido, and increase the odds that you will be pysically asualted or murdered in your own home. Is it any wonder that increasing numbers of single women are happy to stay that way?
Husbands and wives may say they are committed to equality, but statistics show that wives still perform an astounding share of the physical, emotional and organisational labour in marriage - everything from housework to "sex work".
In this funny, lucid, provocative and inspirational study, Susan Maushart argues that wifework lies at the core of women's disillusionment. And, if family life is worth saving, wifework will have to go.
"Maushart draws some disturbing conclusions...WIFEWORK is littered with highly revealing nuggets of information."
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