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** The Richer Sex by Liza Mundy

The Richer Sex: How the New Majority of Female Breadwinners Is Transforming Sex, Love and Family sets out to explore the interesting trend of women earning more than their husbands, as is now the case in 40% of households. It is not, apparently, the first time that women outearn men (since, lamentably, women slaves were more valuable than men), but this time it’s driven by better academic achievement by women, strongly encouraged by parents of both genders. Unfortunately, after a few chapters of factual statistics, the rest of the book is organized around anecdotes, interesting and relevant anecdotes, but I would have liked to see a more rigorous analysis of the trend and its consequences. And the predictions at the end can be absurd: on what basis can the author opine that working wives with homemaker-husbands won’t take their partners for granted, unlike the reverse?

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