Book Summary: Fair Play by Eve Rodsky

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Fair Play is a book written by Eve Rodsky that aims to revolutionize the way we approach domestic labor and parenting. In the book, Rodsky presents a new system that allows couples to share the workload at home and create a more balanced and equitable partnership. The book is divided into three parts, each focusing on a different aspect of the system.

Part 1: The Problem

In the first part of the book, Rodsky lays out the problem that she is trying to solve. She argues that traditional gender roles have led to an uneven distribution of labor in the home, with women taking on the majority of the work. This imbalance can lead to resentment, stress, and even the end of a relationship. Rodsky believes that by creating a system that allows both partners to contribute equally, couples can create a more balanced and fulfilling relationship.

Part 2: The Solution

In the second part of the book, Rodsky presents her system for creating a more equitable distribution of labor. The system is based on a point-based system, where each partner earns points for the work they do around the house. The points can then be traded in for time off or other benefits. Rodsky provides a detailed list of tasks and their corresponding point values, as well as tips for negotiating and implementing the system.

Part 3: The Practice

In the final part of the book, Rodsky provides real-life examples of how the system can be implemented in various situations, such as when children are born or when one partner has a high-stress job. She also addresses common concerns and objections, such as how to handle differences in income or how to navigate the system when one partner is a stay-at-home parent.


Overall, Fair Play is a thought-provoking and practical guide to creating a more balanced and equitable partnership. By providing a systematic approach to sharing domestic labor, Rodsky empowers couples to take control of their relationships and create a more fulfilling and satisfying life together.

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