Couples: Intimate Scenes

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A radical reinterpretation of what it means to be a couple in the 1990s. Cline explores how we define coupledom, why and how it has become the norm in our society, and who it benefits. The book describes how the lives of the two sexes can be enhanced or destroyed by intimate partnerships. It shows how social and cultural life revolves around coupledom, and explodes the myths surrounding partnership as the ideal way of life. By questioning the current context for coupledom, it throws a fresh light on couples' goals and motives, and redefines and enlarges our existing definitions of heterosexual, lesbian and gay relationships. Based on scores of interviews with couples both in Britain and the States, THE CLINE REPORT ON COUPLES is a fascinating, extensive and insightful survey of a social construct that, despite being a defining element of our society, remains largely unchallenged.

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Equal parts sociology, advice guide, and domestic thriller, Sally Cline's study of the institution of coupledom will reassure readers that there is always someone in a weirder, wilder, or less workable relationship than oneself. Drawing on interviews with straight and gay couples of various ages, races, and social backgrounds, Cline establishes that strong couples have six qualities in common. She calls these "the five C's and the one I"--Commitment, Communication, Coping, Cherishing, Compromise, and Interdependence. (Coitus and Cohabitation are not even on the list.) With the help of long quotes from Cline's subjects, Couples describes how partners feel about each other and about the rewards and constraints of a shared life. Although she has tried "to separate the institution of coupledom from the experience of individual couples," the conclusions Cline draws are inevitably drier than the individual stories, which often leap off the page--like the absorbing section on creative couples, in which she interviews writers Michael Holroyd and Margaret Drabble. --Regina Marler

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Sally Cline is the author of several highly acclaimed books, including WOMEN, CELIBACY AND PASSION and LIFTING THE TABOO: WOMEN, DEATH AND DYING.

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Sally Cline
Published by Time Warner Paperbacks (1999)
ISBN 10: 0751530042 ISBN 13: 9780751530049
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