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Widow Maker

Teach Your Wife How to Be a WidowTeach your wife how to be a widow
U.S. News & World Report
Money Management Library
1973

I have been doing my income taxes this past week so I was in no mood for this title to cross my desk.  Seriously?  What is the holding library thinking? The purpose of this book is to help those big strong husbands out there to explain the complicated world of money, investing, and insurance.   The tone of the book throughout assumes women barely touch money and men know a lot about managing money. This book is how you “teach” your obviously slow witted wife the ins and outs of money.  I am sure my mother would have been appalled in 1973, as well as 2011.

As a side note, I did remember as I flipped through this book that women had a hard time getting credit or even the time of day from financial institutions unless hubby co-signed or took care of the bills.  Ah the good old days!  Take a look at some sample pages (and yes, they are that old and crusty looking).

Mary

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Open Marriage? All the cool kids are doing it!

Open Marriage:  A New Life Style for Couples
O ‘Neill
1972
Any baby boomers out there remember this controversial title?  (I believe my mom called it a “cheating manual”.)  Of course this WAS an appropriate (if controversial) choice in the early 1970’s.  It really does belong in an archive. The condition of this particular title is in pretty bad shape and should be weeded on condition alone.  If you get beyond the groovy pop psychology talk,  it is basically saying that one single person can’t be responsible for fulfilling all a marriage partner’s needs.  The controversial part of this book is the chapter that questions sexual monogamy.  I know this title is significant for the time and should be kept in a collection– probably in a university or large library with a broad psychology/marriage collection.  Any marriage experts/psychology people want to comment on the viability of this title in a popular materials collection for a public library?  In the meantime, enjoy a few of these morsels.

Mary
(married for 28 years and too tired to open up the marriage to anyone else)

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