All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation (2020)

All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation Rebecca Traister Candace Thaxton All the Single Ladies Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation A nuanced investigation into the sexual economic and emotional lives of women in America this singularly triumphant work Los Angeles Times by Rebecca Traister the most brilliant voice on feminism i
  • Title: All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation
  • Author: Rebecca Traister Candace Thaxton
  • ISBN: 9781508215073
  • Page: 292
  • Format: Audiobook
All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation Rebecca Traister Candace Thaxton A nuanced investigation into the sexual, economic, and emotional lives of women in America, this singularly triumphant work Los Angeles Times by Rebecca Traister the most brilliant voice on feminism in the country Anne Lamott is sure to be vigorously discussed Booklist, starred review.In 2009, the award winning journalist Rebecca Traister started All the SingleA nuanced investigation into the sexual, economic, and emotional lives of women in America, this singularly triumphant work Los Angeles Times by Rebecca Traister the most brilliant voice on feminism in the country Anne Lamott is sure to be vigorously discussed Booklist, starred review.In 2009, the award winning journalist Rebecca Traister started All the Single Ladies a book she thought would be a work of contemporary journalism about the twenty first century phenomenon of the American single woman It was the year the proportion of American women who were married dropped below fifty percent and the median age of first marriages, which had remained between twenty and twenty two years old for nearly a century 1890 1980 , had risen dramatically to twenty seven.But over the course of her vast research and than a hundred interviews with academics and social scientists and prominent single women, Traister discovered a startling truth the phenomenon of the single woman in America is not a new one And historically, when women were given options beyond early heterosexual marriage, the results were massive social change temperance, abolition, secondary education, and .Today, only twenty percent of Americans are wed by age twenty nine, compared to nearly sixty percent in 1960 The Population Reference Bureau calls it a dramatic reversal All the Single Ladies is a remarkable portrait of contemporary American life and how we got here, through the lens of the single American woman Covering class, race, sexual orientation, and filled with vivid anecdotes from fascinating contemporary and historical figures, All the Single Ladies is destined to be a classic work of social history and journalism Exhaustively researched, brilliantly balanced, and told with Traister s signature wit and insight, this book should be shelved alongside Gail Collins s When Everything Changed.
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  1. Tess

    This is a tough review to write The book is really great, there is no question But it s nothing completely groundbreaking, like I have to admit I wanted it to be when I cracked it open Perhaps that is because the author, Rebecca Traister, is just describing my life in a way that, I suppose people who aren t single in their late 20s, cannot relate to It seems obvious We are independent We have close female friends We have complicated sex lives Some of us date, some of us don t We work hard We con [...]

  2. Jessica

    Before picking this book up, I read a lot of articles about it and interviews with the author When perusing the comments sections of these articles, the criticisms that I ve read of unmarried young women tend to fall into one of three camps they are selfish leaches the assumption here being that they re all single mothers on welfare they re narcissistic and immature or they re man hating feminists out to destroy the fabric of society These assumptions about single women are so frustrating and of [...]

  3. Esil

    4 high stars I started listening to non fiction audiobooks about two years ago, and I continue to be blown away by the high quality of so many books All the Single Ladies falls into that camp A mixture of history, sociology, interviews and autobiography, All the Single Ladies makes an argument for the positive aspects of women postponing marriage or not marrying at all In the end, Traister argues that there should not be one model for women to follow in their life trajectory And there should be [...]

  4. Thomas

    I have so many splendid female friends, and quite a few of them have felt incomplete without a boyfriend Despite their immense amounts of compassion, intelligence, and ambition, society floods them with the message that they are incomplete without a male romantic partner in their lives Thus, I loved Rebecca Traister s All the Single Ladies because she drives home the point that many women live without male partners and achieve long lasting success and happiness Using a compelling mixture of stat [...]

  5. Margitte

    Let s get a few things straight I need to explain where I am coming from with this reviewARTING POINTPeople are animals, with animal instincts In the animal kingdom most females in the mammal species, are territorial dwellers, being visited by roaming males to copulate and produce off springs Females take full responsibility for the babies, due to lactation, and do not provide care for the male at all He s on his own Most males in the majority of species, commit infanticide to establish his doma [...]

  6. Diane

    This is my favorite nonfiction book I read in 2016 It s just fantastic It has tremendous breadth and depth of historical and social research, and I also liked how Rebecca Traister included examples from both pop culture and the personal experiences of her and her friends.I listened to this on audio, but I loved this book so much I want to get my own copy and mark my favorite quotes Highly recommended to anyone interested in the history of the women s movement, or those wanting to read about mod [...]

  7. Andrew

    A pretty readable treatise telling us that a there are single ladies out there than before and b we should treat them like human beings To which we should add c they re not sad cat ladies At All.So points for style, but not so much for originality Mind you, in 2016 do you really want equality to still be an original message Cause that d just be sad.

  8. Hannah

    Whoa Spring break read on a yoga vacation in Costa Rica got me reconsidering my life like whoa Felt so recognized affirmed valued connected to other women, like someone had climbed inside my head, unpacked it, laid it on a table, and said, This All of this Is okay Is wonderful Recommend for all and every woman

  9. Clif Hostetler

    This book is a well researched mix of interviews, historical analysis, and review of current statistics The subject covers a broad spectrum of economic and educational levels to which the book manages to give adequate attention.Below are a collection of quotations from the book, each preceded with my comments.For readers who are not familiar with current demographic statistics regarding single women, Traister states the facts quite clearly as follows For the first time in American history, singl [...]

  10. Julie Ehlers

    After finding Rebecca Traister s Big Girls Don t Cry entertaining and enjoyable than it had any right to be, I naturally was first in line to pick up her latest offering Happily, All the Single Ladies did not disappoint Traister s book addresses a basic fact Women and men, for that matter are marrying less often, and marrying later in life This is not due to any kind of moral failing on anyone s part, but merely to the fact that and women are finding that marriage simply doesn t work for them [...]

  11. Obsidian

    I Did Not Finish DNF at 25 percent I was really hoping for something to sink my teeth into Maybe because most people still don t understand what feminism means in the U.S It s not a dirty word It doesn t mean you hate men The advocacy of women s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men This book reads like a very long and boring history book that zig zags all over the place I stupidly thought the book would maybe be looking at unmarried women and their rise over t [...]

  12. Miri

    Besides the fact that it was interesting and well written, there were three things I really appreciated about this book 1 It examined the history of single women in the United States and includes quotes from and stories about historical single women throughout the book It really helped to ground current trends in the context of the history of the women s movement 2 It looked at race and class in addition to gender, and specifically discussed single women who are poor and or nonwhite 3 Unlike oth [...]

  13. Britany

    hmm, this one was interesting.It started out strong, I found myself nodding along and pumping my fist in admiration to this author for tackling a subject that I enjoy and proudly find myself a part of I enjoyed listening to the statistics interspersed almost seamlessly with multiple narratives and the author s own opinion Then, she took a couple turns where I found myself struggling with some of the statistics they weren t that impressive, in fact some were just slightly different for unmarried [...]

  14. Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship

    You never know when it comes to books about pop culture and feminism, but this is a really good one It s a combination of historical information, interviews with modern women, sociological statistics and analysis, and stories from the author s life Traister, an experienced journalist, weaves it all together in a seamless and readable way.More women are single in the U.S than ever before whether that means marrying late, never marrying, or not staying married forever Single women are nothing new [...]

  15. Katelyn

    I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review and, in the case of a positive review, addition to the book suggestions list on Our Shared Shelf in my capacity as moderator The book has been added to the shelf.I enjoyed this book immensely Whether you are single or attached, Traister s discussion of the historical and growing political power of single women in the United States is fascinating and compelling Though the book focuses on the effects and problems of being sin [...]

  16. Jess Johnson

    I was mostly single until my late twenties so I thought I d really enjoy this book There are some details I love ex the historical perspective of the marriage plot and the idea that marriage really wasn t a choice for most women It was great to read to understand how things like today s gig economy actually give freedoms of support traditionally provided through the institution of marriage ex career men and women don t need a wife if they can hire cleaners and get food delivered That said, I dis [...]

  17. Cara

    The only thing I didn t like about this book was the title, which makes it sound very surface level and like it might only appeal to a niche group The book itself was anything but that I couldn t stop talking about the things I was learning as I read this book, and would recommend it for anyone who s interested in understanding shifting demographics and what that means for politics, economics, families, and individuals.

  18. Terri Jacobson

    All the Single Ladies is Rebecca Traister s analysis of where women are in contemporary America It s well researched and brilliantly written She begins with second wave feminism historically counted from the 1963 publishing of Betty Friedan s The Second Sex but her focus is on her peers, those women coming of age in the 21st century She explores their professional and financial lives, their emotional strongholds and vibrant sexual lives, their drive to weave meaning and love into their everyday [...]

  19. Darcy

    There were numerous passages here where I felt like Traister was strumming my pain with her fingers, singing my life with her words to borrow a phrase As a somewhat later married person, I really identified with her personal story the way she was able to find a wonderful, fulfilling relationship because changing attitudes toward marriage had relieved any pressure she might have felt to settle down with somebody who just felt good enough Also, I felt exactly as she describes liberated, relieved w [...]

  20. Cassie

    Here s the thing I liked best about this book even though I ve never really been concerned that I m doing 30 the wrong way i.e single, not looking, thinking I may or may not want to get married and may or may not want to have kids in the future , it was so refreshing to hear stories and statistics about 1 how common these feelings are and 2 how commonly other women feel like their friends, family, society, etc don t understand their choices and how their life, for better or worse, doesn t look l [...]

  21. Caitlin Murphy

    So, I was initially hesitant about this book because I thought it was going to be really self helpy It wasn t that way AT ALL As someone whose mother just raised the issue of freezing my eggs eye rolls allowed and the last unmarried childless person in my friend groups, this book was maybe one of the first times I was told that I was not the only one trying to feel normal and whole in a world that shows or tells me intentionally and unintentionally I m not on a pretty regular basis Traister s bo [...]

  22. ~Geektastic~

    I received an ARC of this title from the publisher via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review All the Single Ladies is not a rallying cry to singledom Rebecca Traister doesn t make value judgments and she isn t here to simply sing the praises of girl power Her focus is on the realities of a changing world and how we need to make greater cultural, political, and economic changes to keep up with the times and make new social structures work, rather than try to force everyone into a mold that [...]

  23. Aziza Aini

    This is easily my favourite book of the year It definitely opens up a new perspective to life, being single and on marriage It s so easy being an Asian that when it s time, you have to get married This book says nothing like you shouldn t get married but along the line of do you know why you re doing it getting married It s great Many are in a relationship just so they re not alone, even though they know deep down it s not really what they want Taking your time in being single and self sufficie [...]

  24. LeighKramer

    At the top of my Books I Gush Over list, you ll find this one This is a remarkable undertaking, not only because of the scope of Traister s research and interviews but because of how well it s compiled together She manages to validate a number of singles experiences, while also acknowledging her shortcomings, namely the bulk of her examples are white women in their 30s and 40s in NYC However, she does feature stories from Women Of Color, as well as drawing from research and other works What I lo [...]

  25. Lyndsey

    An excellent look at the evolution of options available to women As a single woman myself, it made me keenly aware that the life I have now supporting myself, living by myself, etc is an life only recently available to me If I were living even several decades earlier, this life would be much less likely This book is not an argument for single hood, but an argument for choice An argument that empowering women to make choices other than marriage and motherhood does not diminish marriage or motherh [...]

  26. Ale

    Read as part of Bookriot s 2016 Read Harder Challenge for the Nonfiction book about feminism or dealing with feminist themes category.I first heard about this book in an article helpfully entitled 28 books to read in 2016, where it was tucked away in a little corner amongst other big names to be released in March So when I saw that it was available through NetGalley, I knew I had to request it I was ecstatic when I received the notification to say I had been approved and once I was done with the [...]

  27. Amy

    A lot of not so new info a tiny bit of new info I was disappointed by the tone of the book There was a bit whining than I expected I was expecting a positive uplifting read with positive stories of independent women surviving thriving on their own Instead, I felt as if the personal stories were along the lines of Poor me Why are my friends finding love, leaving me behind single, why do I have to buy them a wedding gift A decent percentage of the women interviewed don t sound happy about being [...]

  28. Rebecca Williams

    I loved this book It was the first I ve read on singlehood that did not sound bitter or depict single women as society s unmatched sock problem Although I didn t necessarily agree with every point, Traister makes the point that the single woman does not have to agree with her in everything Her approach was honest and uplifting People who are single women or know a single woman should read this.

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