Labor of Love The Invention of Dating

Author(s): Moira Weigel


It seems as though every week there's a new app available on your smartphone promising dates aplenty--just swipe right. A mate, on the other hand, is becoming harder and harder to find. The age-old quest for true love requires more effort than ever before. Let's face it: Dating is work. Which, as it happens, is exactly where it began, in the nineteenth century--as prostitution. In Labor of Love, Moira Weigel dives into the secret history of dating while holding up a mirror to the contemporary dating landscape, revealing why we date the way we do and explaining why it feels so much like work. This isn't a guide to "getting the guy"; there are no ridiculous "rules" to follow in Labor of Love. This is a brilliant, fresh, and utterly original approach to help us understand how dating was invented and, hopefully, to lead us closer to the happy ending that it promises.


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Moira Weigel was born in Brooklyn. She holds a BA from Harvard and an MPhil from Cambridge University, and she will soon complete a PhD at Yale. She has contributed to The Guardian, The New Republic, n+1, and The New Inquiry, among other publications. This is her first book.

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  • : 9780374536954
  • : Farrar, Straus & Giroux
  • : Farrar, Straus & Giroux
  • : August 2017
  • : 21.00 cmmm X 14.00 cmmm X 0.00 cmmm
  • : United States
  • : June 2017
  • : books

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  • : Moira Weigel
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : English
  • : 304