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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Book Recommendation from a Reader

Kindred spirit, Paige, e-mailed me to let me know about this great book she read, Love Between Equals: How Peer Marriage Really Works.

Here's what she had to say about it:
It's based on a study done by sociologist Pepper Schwartz and Philip Blumstein. They found that same-sex couples ranked higher in marital happiness and communication styles concerning household chores, division of labor, etc. They were intrigued by this and attributed the discrepancy to the fact that same-sex couples do not have to overcome traditional gender roles in the way that heterosexual couples do and therefore are more able to have egalitarian relationships. Anyways, Pepper Schwartz then decides to interview the heterosexual couples who DID have "peer marriages" that resembled the same communication patterns and equality as the other couples, and that was the basis of this book.

Matt and I work really hard to create equality in our relationship. It doesn't mean that we always contribute the exact same things to our marriage or keep tabs on everything, but we do look at our relationship through the conscious lens of equality, and we talk about it when we feel like things have gotten out of balance.

This book looks fascinating!

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Angie said...

Oooooh! Great suggestion!

Tara said...

I had the pleasure of taking a class or two from Pepper back in college. She's amazing! I'd recommend checking out any of her books, she's one of the biggest experts in the fields of relationships and sexuality.

katie joe said...

its a fascinating read. i read for a soc of the family class in college.

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