They Call It Love

Alva Gotby


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Verso Books
6 February 2024
ISBN: 9781839767043
192 pages

From the publisher

The work of love is a feminist problem, and it demands feminist solutions

They Call It Love investigates the work that makes a haven in a heartless world, examining who performs this labour, how it is organised, and how it might change. Drawing on the thought of the feminist movement Wages for Housework, Gotby demonstrates that emotion is a key element in the reproduction of society and its norms. Addressing the problem of love's labour requires nothing less than a radical restructuring of society.

‘Intellectually nourished my thinking and language on gender.’ Raymond Antrobus, Best Books of 2023,  Granta

‘A fascinating and exhaustive explanation as to why emotions are a political issue.’ Brit Dawson,  AnOther Magazine

They Call It Love shines a light on the invisible labour involved in love, examining who is responsible for performing it, how it can blossom, and why we do it.’ Adele Walton,  Dazed