By Béatrice Mousli, Eve-Alice Roustang-Stoller

American girls examine French ladies as having all of it: intercourse, motherhood, paintings, and public place of work, whereas French ladies examine American ladies as puritanical, excessively feminist, and not able to “have all of it” with no guilt. The essays during this ebook by way of prime American and French lecturers and critics set the list directly by means of assessing the reality of every outlook. They finish that evidence are varied from mind's eye, and that on many concerns, French feminists may truly glance to the U.S. for thought. This ebook bargains the 1st comparative severe appraisal of the way girls reside within the US and in France and indicates paths of mirrored image on what girls can do to enhance their lives within the twenty-first century. it is a needs to learn for somebody drawn to the character of womanhood at the present time within the Western World.

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At two every morning, while her kids were asleep upstairs and her husband was asleep on the spare bed in the basement, she snuck into the office and checked his emails and instant messages, then she spent another few hours listening to all the phone conversations he’d had that day . . Eventually she hit the mother lode. The file was under the woman’s maiden name. She had been drunk during their first sexual encounter and couldn’t remember it, so over instant messages Julia’s husband recounted the entire episode in details.

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30 Alexandra Migoya We ate and drank and discussed the fineries of the world: art, wine, and extramarital affairs. The French, we agreed, have a culture that embraces the extramarital affair. The French too, being less morally stringent, have higher rates of infidelity than the more puritanical Americans. It seemed a perfectly reasonable conclusion at the time and one I have heard echoed repeatedly. Yet ten years later, I meet this convenient theory with circumspection. Given the fact that infidelity is tolerated, to varying degrees, in every culture and civilization around the world, how can it be said that the French have some kind of masterful hold on it?

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