I Don't

Clementine Ford

I Don't
14 November 2023

I Don’t

Clementine Ford

bIncendiary feminist and bestselling author Clementine Ford presents the inarguable case against marriage for the modern woman. Provocative, controversial and above all, compellingly and persuasively argued.bbrbriI want this book to end marriages. But more importantly, I want it to prevent marriages. Women are allowed to aspire to more than what we've been told we should want in order to be happy. Let yourself have a bigger dream than becoming the supporting role in someone else's story.ibrbrWhy, when there is so much evidence of the detrimental, suffocating impact marriage has on women's lives, does the myth of marital bliss still prevail If the feminist project has been so successful, why do so many women still believe that our value is intrinsically tied to being chosen by a manbrbrIn her most incendiary and controversial book to date, Clementine Ford exposes the lies used to sell marriage to women to keep them in service to men and male power. From the roots of marriage as a form of property transaction to the wedding industrial complex, Clementine Ford explains how capitalist patriarchal structures need women to believe in marriage in order to maintain control over women's agency, ambitions and freedom.brbriI Don't ipresents an inarguable case against marriage for modern women. With the incisive attention to detail and razor-sharp wit that characterises her work, Ford dissects the patriarchal history of marriage; the insidious, centuries-long marketing campaign pop culture has conducted in marriage's favour; the illusion of feminist 'choice' in regard to taking men's names; and the physical and social cost that comes with motherhood.A brbrBut most importantly, Clementine Ford shows us what a different kind of world could look like for women if we were allowed to be truly free.brbr'A liberating alternative perspective on the happily-ever-after take we are sold our whole lives. I often had to rest the book on my chest, close my eyes and whisper ''I knew it!''' -Chrissie Swanbrbr'With her signature wit, insight and galvanising ferocity, Clementine Ford lifts the veil on marriage, revealing the history and present of misogyny, violence and oppression that festers behind the fairy tale.i I Don'ti is an exhilarating invitation to see marriage for what it is-a building block of patriarchy-and imagine new ways of living, loving and building family.' -Yves Reesbrbr'Wow. An incredible argument smashing the archaic constructs of society. Clementine's articulate brilliance is exactly what I needed to read as a young woman fighting against the ceilings in the public eye and in everyday life. This book made me feel less alone in my anger and will carve space for hope in our future.' -Jaguar Jonzebrbr'An incredible work. Robust, funny, erudite and assertive Clem Ford at the height of her power. This book will finish what Clem's other books started and change the world forever.' -Alice Robinson

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