According to “Labor of Love: The Invention of Dating” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), a sprawling new history by Moira Weigel, the first female daters faced exactly that — mistaken, in their quest for love, for prostitutes.As with concepts like the “teenager” and “middle-class,” dating is an historically recent invention, spurred by an influx of women into the big cities seeking work around the turn of the 20th Century.“In the eyes of the authorities,” Weigel writes, “women who let men buy them food and drinks or gifts and entrance tickets looked like whores, and making a date seemed the same as turning a trick.” After centuries of women’s fortunes being dictated by the men around them, the notion of women on their own gave much of society pause.
When Artie confronts his fading love, he says, “I s’pose the other boy’s fillin’ all my dates?
” But when these single women, stripped from their dependency on fathers and husbands, began to be courted in public, police, politicians, and civic leaders were alarmed.
When women first hit the workforce, writes Weigel, “the belief remained widespread they were working not to support themselves but only to supplement the earnings of fathers or husbands.” As such, “employers used this misconception as an excuse to pay women far less than they paid men.
Life After ' Letterman': Paul Shaffer Speaks Out "I'm not retiring as many people have assumed," says the musical director.
Every one of his clients has left him but one, who soon also abandons him in Afghanistan while on a USO tour.
Deserted without any money or his passport, Richie discovers a young girl with an astonishing singing voice.They're both pretty awesome - but are they awesome as a couple?As you may have heard, the private accounts of executives at Sony Pictures were hacked recently as part of an effort to block the studio from releasing the upcoming Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy, The Interview. To those of us of a certain age they conjure images of Carl Spackler and Dr. But to a whole new generation of young people, they bring to mind the brilliant one-man meme-generator who randomly blesses the Internet with inexplicable gems like the one below: Bill Murray has once again found himself in an unexpected, celebratory location.[His impression of Harvard University] Well, the faculty at the Kennedy School of Government was pretty good when I was there.The most interesting class I had was 'Persuasion', and I use a lot of the points I learned there on the air to try to get people to listen to you so they understand it. Quote: "Our relationship is different than any one I've ever had. David Duchovny (55)Period: 1996Backstory: There's nothing to it, it was a fling, although they insist they were just friends. Quote: On the Howard Stern show, Grohl called Winona "a classy lady."Trivia: Their relationship is referenced in the Veruca Salt song Disconnected: "It's kind of scary when your lover leaves you for a movie star."Matt Damon (45)Period: 1997-2000Backstory: The pair were introduced by Ryder's now-former friend Gwyneth Paltrow, who at the time was Damon's BFF's Ben Affleck's girlfriend. They dated for three years and the breakup was, in Matt's words, "far more pedestrian than, say, a mad orgy at the Four Seasons during which my feelings were hurt because Richard Gere was too interested in her." So no drama, it just ended. I'm really lucky that I'm on good terms with him."Trivia: Since their relationship was hounded by rumors of cheating on both sides, Matt was quick to deny reports he was dating co-star Penelope Cruz soon after he and Winona broke up.