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A double revolution is at work in modern American love: A revolution in higher education has created the most professionally accomplished and independent generation of young women in history, and a revolution in mating has created a prolonged and perplexing search for "Mr. Right". Based on extensive research and interviews, Why There Are No Good Men Left explores the romantic plight of this high-status woman with findings that are sure to rouse debate.
Cultural historian Barbara Dafoe Whitehead documents the new social climate in which the demands of work, the increasing frequency of cohabitation, the disappearance of traditional courtship, and the exacting standards of educated women are leading them to stay single longer–and to find the search for a mate even harder when they decide that the time is right. From the frontlines of college to the trenches of corporate solitude, Whitehead reports on a wholesale shift in dating and mating and what's actually been happening in society to cause this major change.
The thirty-something, perplexed single woman is today’s new cultural icon. Why There Are No Good Men Left is the first book to take a serious approach to analyzing where she came from and to ask how she can realize her dreams of lasting love.
"Despite its clichéd title, this absorbing volume goes far beyond a superificial examination of the current dating scene for single women. It delves deeply into how dating and commitment differ from times past and the effects those changes are having on women and our culture....Whitehead rightly argues that women today are operating in new social circumstances, in which they delay marriage until college—or, sometimes, graduate school—is finished and a career is established. This woman 'embodies a new model of success based on educational and professional achievement,' but, says Whitehead, the choices she makes in her 20s and 30s sometimes make finding a mate difficult....Her engaging cultural assesment...sheds light on a current problem many women now face."—Publishers Weekly