Dating Apps, the Big White Wedding, and Chasing the Happily Neverafter
by Laurie Essig
Pub Date 15 Feb 2019
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Author Laurie Essig invites us to flip our feelings about Romance on its head and see it for what it really is—an ideology that we desperately cling to as a way to cope with the fact that we cannot control or affect the societal, economic, and political structures around us. From climate change to nuclear war, white nationalism to the worship of wealth and conspicuous consumption—as the future becomes seemingly less secure, Americans turn away from the public sphere and find shelter in the private. And by doing so, Romance, Essig argues, blinds us to the real work that needs to be addressed—global movements that inspire a change in government policies to address economic and social inequality.
“Laurie Essig is inviting us to go on a romantic vacation; to get away from it all, namely, from the peddlers of the fantasy that we can buy or brag our way to happily ever after. Say yes! Form a new relationship, with connection instead of competition, meaning instead of money, and the real you instead of YouTube. Is there true love after romance? There’s only one way to find out.”—Lisa Wade, author of American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus
“Laurie Essig eloquently traipses around the globe, bringing us into the hunger for meaning and love. Love, Inc. demonstrates the ways that consumer capitalism creates the very needs it cannot satisfy.”—Michael Kimmel, author of Healing from Hate: How Young Men Get Into—and Out of—Violent Extremism