In Marriage, a History, historian and marriage expert Stephanie Coontz takes listeners from the marital intrigues of ancient Babylon to the torments of Victorian lovers to demonstrate how recent the idea of marrying for love is - and how absurd it would have seemed to most of our ancestors. It was when marriage moved into the emotional sphere in the 19th century, she argues, that it suffered as an institution just as it began to thrive as a personal relationship.
"Fascinating exploration of an ancient institution"
Based on exhaustive research and interviews, and challenging both conservative and liberal myths about Friedan, A Strange Stirring brilliantly illuminates how a generation of women came to realize that their dissatisfaction with domestic life didn’t reflect their personal weakness but rather a social and political injustice.
"Good histroy and well written"
"Generation X and Millennials May Have Found a New Secret to Sexual Happiness" is from the August 05, 2016 Opinion section of The Washington Post. It was written by Stephanie Coontz and narrated by Jill Melancon.