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I Don't by Susan Squire
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Dec 02, 2008

it was amazing
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Read in November, 2008 , read count: 1

I generally prefer my academic books to be academic, but the snarky tone of this tome is particularly appropriate to the subject matter. This woman knows her stuff, but the book isn't as dense as it could be.

Further, I appreciated the humor when delving into such a depressing history as that of marriage; marriage is the result of a culmination of sexist patriarchal practices, and Squire's goal in this book is to make us realize that its "tradition" is anything but desirable, and those who attempt to protect that tradition are either misguided or misogynist.

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