Outdated by Samhita Mukhopadhyay
Why Dating Is Ruining Your Love Life

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Romance and love are in a state of crisis: Statistically speaking, young women today are living romantic lives of all kinds—but they’re still feeling bogged down by social, cultural, economic, and familial pressures to love in a certain way. Young women in the modern world have greater flexibility than ever when it comes to who we choose to love and how we choose to love them; but while social circumstances may have changed since our parents’ generation, certain life expectations remain. In Outdated, Samhita Mukhopadhyay addresses the difficulty of negotiating loving relationships within the borderlands of race, culture, class, and sexuality—and of holding true to our convictions and maintaining our independence while we do it.

Outdated analyzes how different forms of media, cultural norms, family pressure, and even laws, are produced to scare women into believing that if they don’t devote themselves to finding a man, they’ll be doomed to a life of loneliness and shame. Using interviews with young women that are living around, between, within, and outside of the romantic industrial complex, Mukhopadhyay weaves a narrative of the alternative ways that women today have elected to live their lives, and in doing so offers a fresh, feminist look at an old topic: How do diverse, independent young women date happily and successfully—and outside of the box?


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Samhita Mukhopadhyay is a writer, speaker and technologist residing in Brooklyn, NY. She is the Executive Editor of the popular website Feministing.com and is the author ofOutdated: Why Dating is Ruining Your Love Life.Mukhopadhyay is also co-host of the podcastOpinionatedonCitizen Radio.She has written for multiple outlets includingGOOD Magazine, The Nation, The American Prospect, Alternetand theGuardian UK.She has been profiled inThe Globe and Mail, The Rumpus, Salon, India Currents Magazine, Nirali Magazine, Brown Girl Magazine,Rabble.ca and onAlternet.
Published September 27, 2011 by Seal Press. 242 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Romance, Parenting & Relationships, Self Help. Non-fiction

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In this accessible, thought-provoking book, journalist Mukhopadhyay (editor of the blog Feministing.com) examines the pitfalls of romantic relationships in a world dominated by sexism, gender essentialism, racism, and heteronormativity.

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Forcing women into a role takes away a woman’s autonomous control and makes it easier to shame, categorize, judge, and discriminate women based on the patriarchal identity of women in our society.

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