In Wedlocked, Alexander Valley has created a mosaic of life’s little ironies, interspersed with all the mystery, intrigue, romance and adventure expected from any self-analysis guide examining the eternal battle between the sexes.
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Your perfect partner is out there, somewhere. As Western society degrades, you may find it difficult to believe, especially if you currently feel trapped in a dysfunctional relationship. Women are increasingly encouraged to be superficial, materialistic and self-absorbed; men are increasingly told that these are the qualities they must not only accept, but actively seek, in a woman.
But men seeking to put their lives right will quickly discover that when it comes to relationships, there's an imbalance in modern society, stacked steeply in womens' favour. We live in a society that regards male genital pain as funny, where TV adverts depict packs of women sexually humiliating men, and then giggling as they crack open a can of whatever soda is being advertised, and where anyone who dares to point out this inequality is branded a chauvinist.
Written for the man looking for the proverbial "soulmate" with whom to live out the rest of his life, this book lays out the warning signs to recognise and avoid. Wedlocked is written from bitter experience - and from the encouraging position that the author finally did find a loving, caring woman that he can truly cherish, with all the happiness a healthy marriage can bring.
This humorous but hard-talking book reveals the disturbing reality of the Friends With Benefits arrangement, explores the Curse of Mr Nice Guy (who perpetually wonders why women seem to gravitate towards jerks), twangs the nerve-jangling suspicion that you may have married a female Dr Crippen, explodes the wild misunderstandings around the purpose and effectiveness of the prenuptial agreement, and warns that being married to the lizard-brained non-empathetic may literally be endangering your life.
The author takes us on a horrific tour of his past relationships (with names and locations changed to protect the guilty and the innocent!), from the travelling Nymphomaniac to the wife who told him to drive himself and his inconvenient heart attack to the hospital, as her parents happened to be visiting.
When you do find the right woman, it's a wonderful thing. But if your current partner is far from being right - if her idea of the perfect Christmas present for her man is a pair of second-hand underpants (true story!), or if she ticks most of the boxes in the 26-point Narcissist test, then this book will provide the guidance you need. It'll also provide you with some much needed laughs, and you may just recognise your own predicament in some of the situations it describes.
While providing a list of telltale traits to avoid, the author concludes with a surprising secret about how to find your true soulmate - a woman with whom you can share your life, and who will make you truly happy. If you're searching for that secret, you will be amazed how simple it turns out to be.