As parents, we believe that we must share responsibility for caring for our children and the home – not just work, but also responsibility. At least in the first year of this agreement, shared responsibilities is about sharing jobs and sharing time. In principle, jobs should be split equally, 50-50, but deals can be concluded by mutual agreement. The timetable may be flexible, but changes must be formally agreed upon. Three years later, after several children`s books, Shulman published his first adult novel, the Best-Selling Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen (Knopf, 1972), which explores the contradictions and opportunities for reflection on a young woman of the 1940s, 50s and 60s prefeminists, through the story of Sasha Davis, from childhood to marriage and motherhood. It was reissued almost continuously in 1997 in a 25th anniversary edition of Penguin, in 2007 in a Feminist Classics edition of Farrar, Straus and Giroux and in 2012 in the form of an e-book of Open Road. Very quickly, I joined Redstockings, one of the first radical feminist groups in New York. By this time, the young movement had published wide pages of women on a number of topics, but had not yet published a full essay on sex. I volunteered to write one. In Organs and Orgasms, I have written my scientific skills to unmask male prejudices in research into current sexuality.
Sex is always a juicy subject, and this piece debuted in the infamous Evergreen magazine of the time, but to my surprise, it was another essay I wrote at this time, A Marriage Agreement, which proposed that men and women share all household chores and child care in the same way , causing enormous resonance, both enthusiastic and repugnant. (In A Marriage Disagrement, written years later, I revealed the secrets behind this always controversial proposal.) Fifteen of Alix`s most controversial essays in the last forty years are seen for the first time. They are grouped under the categories of marriage, sex, writing and end of life and range from the famous “A Marriage Agreement” to “The War in the Back Seat,” “Organs and Orgasms,” “The Taint of Feminist Fiction,” “Thoughts at Seventy” and more. The collection is accompanied by Shulman`s controversial “A Marriage Agreement,” which proposes that partners share child care and household chores equally. It was so explosive in 1969 that it was reprinted on the cover of Life magazine and attacked by Norman Mailer and Russell Baker, and again in a book by Caitlin Flanagan published in 2006. This essay is followed by “A Marriage Disagrement,” Shulman`s own presentation and the reassessment of his marriage contract. CONTENTSAUThor`s IntroductionMARRIAGE AND MENA Marriage AgreementA Marriage Disagreement between the sexes:Breaking the TruceSEXThe War in the Back SeatOrgans and OrgasmsSex and Power: Sexual Bases of FeminismThe TaintWomen Writers in the Beat GenerationLiv Our LifeDances with FeministsLATE LIFEThoughts at SeventySummer JewHelp Wanted: Other WomanCaring for a Ill Spouse and Other CaregiversThe Kenn from 1969 until today , in a series of public speeches and lectures on feminist topics such as beauty standards, rape, violence against women, reproductive choice, marriage and motherhood.   The spokesperson`s objective was to initiate a public dialogue on experiences that at the time were widely regarded as taboo subjects. In the film Speak Out: I Had an Abortion, Shulman and other subjects testify to having performed several abortions.