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After the Happily Ever After: Empowering Women and Mothers in Relationships
After the Happily Ever After: Empowering Women and Mothers in Relationships

After the Happily Ever After: Empowering Women and Mothers in Relationships


274 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper, Mobipocket, PDF, EPUB

Trade Paper, $26.95 (US $26.95)

Publication Date: September 2017

ISBN 9781772581287

Rights: WOR X CA, UK, & EUR

Demeter Press (Sep 2017)


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This book is about the two-tiered system and invisible imbalance that operates within the framework of the family. It is about the fantasy of the “happily-ever- after,†which the wedding industry promotes and Western society reinforces. Why are we hanging onto this faux happiness at the expense of our future well-being? Why don’t we wonder what happened after “they lived happily ever after†and if, in fact, they really do? What I hope to achieve by writing this book is to rattle the cage of young brides, about to embark on this journey, to talk about these issues with their future partners and to set the system up in a more equal way, so no one is caught off guard if and when things crumble. It will be difficult to achieve this task because no one wants to think about things falling apart before the marriage even begins, and most certainly it sours the sweetness of the fantasy of the “happily ever after,†as we know it. What we don’t realize is that there will be less bitterness and upset for the family, especially for the children, if we pursue this line of thinking. Isn’t that the real “happily-ever-after?â€ÂÂ


"This collection of diverse and innovative essays intervenes into the challenging and complex dynamics of our modern-day conceptions of marriage, and more importantly, what comes next after a couple chooses to wed. The various contributions to this volume will enlighten readers regarding the many ways in which marriage is an evolving process over the many stages of one's life, as well as the various external and internal challenges that must continually be confronted and addressed in order to sustain relational satisfaction and happiness. This book also expands our idea of the "good" marriage, and contributes to scholarship on gender, family studies, family law, and motherhood, by confronting the impacts of kinship, gender, sexuality, financial and professional identities, parenting norms, and new and emerging contexts (such as social media, the legal sphere, the challenges of work/life balance, and our neo-liberal political climate) on creating, and maintaining, a "happily ever after." â€â€ÂJennifer Borda, Associate Professor of Communication, University of New Hampshire, and editor of The Motherhood Business: Consumption, Communication, and Privilege  

"Using intersectional feminist, legal, and economic theory, After the Happily Ever After analyzes how the interconnecting institutions of marriage, parenthood, and sexuality are (re)formed by and for young adults and beyond. Whether straight or gay, married or single, a parent or child-free, a novice or expert scholar, this anthology will prove to be enlightening, thought-provoking, and strikingly relevant." â€â€ÂKatie B. Garner, English & Gender Studies, North Central College

Author Biography

Linda Rose Ennis, Ph.D, is a psychoanalytic therapist in private practice, a family mediator, an author, lecturer, affiliated with York University. Her education includes the following; a Ph.D. in Psychology and Education; a Masters in Education; a Diploma in Child Study and a teaching degree from the University of Toronto. She has written and spoken extensively on her research in her area of expertise, “On Combining Motherhood With Employmentâ€ÂÂ, which was the first qualitative piece done in this area. She has written contributions in the Encyclopedia of Motherhood, discussing the “empty nestâ€ÂÂ, the “mommy trackâ€ÂÂ, and has contributed a chapter entitled “Contract-Faculty Mothers: On The Track To Nowhere†in O’Brien Hallstein & O’Reilly’s book entitled Academic Motherhood in a Post-Second Wave Context (Demeter Press: 2012). Most recently, she has published her edited collection, Intensive Mothering: The Cultural Contradictions of Modern Motherhood (Demeter Press: 2014).