How to Marry the Man of Your Choice Summary

Margaret Kent

How to Marry the Man of Your Choice

(Critical Survey of Contemporary Fiction)

The liberation movement of the 1960’s encouraged women to abandon their stereotypical, childlike roles and to develop their unique capabilities in order to be happier and more fulfilled. In HOW TO MARRY THE MAN OF YOUR CHOICE, however, Margaret Kent returns to the idea that women can achieve personal happiness only through getting a husband, and that the possession of a fully developed personality is a liability in that search.

Do not be too fat, but do not be too thin. Do not wear too much makeup, but do wear some. Wear high heels, but nothing too high. Avoid wearing pants. Wear skirts short, but not too short. A woman may wear polish on her fingernails, but not on her toenails. Make sure that one’s hair is soft and not too short. When a woman dates a man, she should encourage him to tell her all about himself. This will cause him to fall in love with her and will also provide her with the ammunition she will need to criticize him--Kent asserts that men prefer critical women to “nice” women. A woman should not reveal too much information about herself until she is sure that she has him hooked.

Kent developed these techniques, not through any scientific survey, but through her own experience in snaring not one, but two husbands, both lawyers, one of whom she caught when she was nearing the age of forty. Her book cost ninety-five dollars when it was first privately released in 1985, but now she offers it for a mere $14.95, so that any...

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