• Labor of Love

  • The Invention of Dating
  • By: Moira Weigel
  • Narrated by: Kyra Miller
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (266 ratings)

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Labor of Love

By: Moira Weigel
Narrated by: Kyra Miller
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Publisher's summary

"Does anyone date anymore?"

Today the authorities tell us that courtship is in crisis. But when Moira Weigel dives into the history of sex and romance in modern America, she discovers that authorities have always said this.

Ever since young men and women started to go out together, older generations have scolded them: That's not the way to find true love. The first women who made dates with strangers were often arrested for prostitution; long before "hookup culture", there were "petting parties"; before parents worried about cell phone apps, they fretted about joyrides and "parking".

Dating is always dying. But this does not mean that love is dead. It simply changes with the economy. Dating is, and always has been, tied to work. Lines like "I'll pick you up at six" made sense at a time when people had jobs that started and ended at fixed hours. But in an age of contract work and flextime, many of us have become sexual freelancers, more likely to text a partner, "u still up?"

Weaving together over 100 years of history with scenes from the contemporary landscape, Labor of Love offers a fresh feminist perspective on how we came to date the ways we do. This isn't a guide to "getting the guy". There are no ridiculous "rules" to follow. Instead Weigel helps us understand how looking for love shapes who we are and hopefully leads us closer to the happy ending that dating promises.

©2016 Moira Weigel (P)2016 Recorded Books
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History

Editor's Pick

A fascinating look at the economics of dating
"‘And by that, I don't mean how much it costs to buy flowers and dinner. Academic and (I would say though it may not be on her resume) social scientist Moira Weigel reveals all the various ways that the act of courtship has both shaped and been shaped by our economic landscape. Though as completely compulsively listenable as a lot of the pop science best sellers, I actually found Weigel's brilliance a little quieter and a lot more sound than much of the Freakonomics-style fare out there.'"
Emily C., Audible Editor