The Woman Who Invented Dating

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This week, the “Sex Lives” podcast is joined by Moira Weigel, the author of Labor of Love: The Invention of Dating, about how crazily recent — and purely American — the whole idea of dating is, why we still talk about it basically like it’s the 1950s, and when it got to be so damn much work. (Blame the working-class woman who invented dating in 1896.) Oh, and also, about the word your grandmother used instead of “motor boating.” With Maureen O’Connor and David Wallace-Wells.