America’s Loveless Age

Trumpism, FemPower, the End of Patriarchy (Why Singleton is the New Normal)

Non-Fiction - Gov/Politics
266 Pages
Reviewed on 06/28/2022
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Author Biography

Noel Terry is a freelance journalist and author with a BA in American history. Having worked in South Africa during the apartheid era he witnessed white nationalist fears of losing superior status, which he now sees happening in the browning of America today. An avid traveler, Noel ventured into some political hotspots, including Central America where he experienced the valid reasons why many seek to migrate to the US. His sociological research led to his debut book, "Marriage War: Lipstick Breadwinners, Erotic Housewives" (2013), which featured in various media outlets.

I got the idea to write this book when I read in the New York Daily News an article headlined 'Trump presidency is destroying marriages across the country'. Then I read eHarmony posted on its website: “politics are on the minds of daters more than ever”. Then data in 2018 showed marriage had plunged to a 118 year low. When politics interferes with love you sense the country is too painfully divided. As the author of Marriage War: Lipstick Breadwinners, Erotic Housewives (2013) with a vision to write about the world’s ultimate “Lipstick Breadwinner” - Hillary Clinton as the first female US President - I had to look into why more than half of white women voters rejected her (like, were they representative of the housewives I had written about earlier in Marriage War?). Certainly I wasn’t alone in trying to understand why they would choose to vote for an odious poster-boy of the patriarchy and squander such an historic opportunity.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Keith Mbuya for Readers' Favorite

Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 US presidential polls not only sent Americans hurtling down a path with some of their worst fears, but also engaged them in an all-discovery journey politically, socially, spiritually, and in every aspect of life you can think of. Most devastatingly, the liberals and conservatives were left deeply sundered and rather doubtful about the whole idea of “The American Dream”. Is it the Republicans' idea of the good old days of patriarchy apparently being sold as “Make America Great Again”? Is it the Democrats' idea of a liberal society endowed with gender equality (which aggressively promotes women's empowerment)? What exactly does patriarchy entail? Has gender equality made the lives of Americans any better? Which is the right way to go? Find out more, and just how this political heat might be the reason why there is a growing number of singletons in the United States in Noel Terry’s America’s Loveless Age.

Noel Terry’s America’s Loveless Age is a must-read for any political enthusiast. He delves deep into one of the toughest topics among the American people and summarizes his thoughts and ideas succinctly. His unique style of writing impressively conveys his educative and insightful discourse on the political situation in the United States. His sophisticated choice of words and the intensive way he aligns his thoughts exhibit his mastery in the whole subject of politics as well as in the art of writing. Noel Terry is undoubtedly a professional writer. I loved how he advances his ideas unbiasedly and with an open mind. He includes an array of quoted sentiments, statistical data, and a vast reference to historical facts to back his ideas. He maintains both a casual and “down to business” tone throughout the book, occasionally spicing his words with sarcasm, irony, and wit. America’s Loveless Age is a great piece of work.

Jon Michael Miller

Noel Terry’s America’s Loveless Age: Trumpism, Fempower, The End of Patriarchy (Why Singleton is the New Normal) is a fast-paced, scholarly, insightful, often witty and deeply ironic investigation of the nation’s current political, economic, and social atmosphere. He traces the present situation in a series of stages beginning with the Global Financial Crisis, through the banking crisis, job vanishing, home foreclosure, populist anger, and Donald Trump’s presidential victory. That’s the first part. The second part is about what happened during Trump’s presidency after he lost his second election, and up until the present time: Trumpism 1.0 (to the 2020 election and Trumpism 2.0 (2020 onwards). He focuses on the interrelationships between the decline of patriarchal power due to the loss of manufacturing jobs; the new employment opportunities for women; and Trump’s populist politics.

But Noel Terry’s book is not your standard political/societal tract. Most impressive is his knowledge of scholastic and popular literature about women’s issues from dating trends, marriage, earning power, politics, literature, and films. He talks about the Sisterhood War, i.e., upward mobility vs. stay-at-home wives. He uses amusing nomenclature, e.g., “erotic capital,” “accidental breadwinner,” “fragile masculinity,” MASH (marry alpha, stay home), and “pulling a Melania,” among others. And his sources include popular media outlets (Cosmo, Ms, Woman’s Day) all of which predict the rise of “soft skills” needed for the ever-expanding tech world replacing the manufacturing “brawn.” He explains at a racing and witty pace the almost certain doom of patriarchal power and the resulting changes in dating, marriage, and child-rearing. America’s Loveless Age: Trumpism, Fempower, the End of Patriarchy by Noel Terry is a hip yet informed vision of our current world—where it came from, where it is, and where it is going.

Grant Leishman

America’s Loveless Age: Trumpism, FemPower, the End of Patriarchy (Why Singleton is the New Normal) by Noel Terry is a fascinating look at the effects of Trumpism (thus far) on American society in general but more specifically through the eyes of those seeking love in this fractured environment that is the modern-day United States. The author takes you not only through the rise in feminine power and freedoms through the years but also looks at how the realities of the economy, the Global Financial Crisis of 2008, and the rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI) impacted directly on the employment market and the role of women as often the accidental breadwinners, as traditionally male jobs, disappeared in the wake of these two seminal events. The seeds for the rise and ultimate election of a President of the United States who promised a return to the glory days (for white males) of the 1950s and the traditional family with a stay-at-home mother were manna to a generation of white men feeling lost, forgotten and powerless in this new, unfamiliar economy. How though did this paragon of the traditional family somehow manage to convince a generation of white women to also vote for him in 2016, when he was running against one of the sisterhood; Hilary Clinton? The author also considers what lies next for this divided nation in 2022 and 2024, especially as it relates to finding love and the perfect partner.

America’s Loveless Age is unique in its own right, as this is the first time I’ve seen an analysis of the effects of feminism and the expanding role of women in society to understand the direction in which the country has headed. As someone who is not an American, I particularly appreciated the descriptions of the perils of dating in the Trump and post-Trump era and the deep schism his presidency has created between the Trumpers and those who realized the severe damage he had caused in just four years in office. This is a truly mesmerizing read and I suspect one that will have to be read more than once to grasp all the nuances and indeed scary facts and trends the author has highlighted. For me, the scariest part was the idea, that within the culture war currently raging across America, the dreaded Civil War and secessionism have already begun to take serious root and can only get worse from here. I was blown away by this book and its differing slant and can highly recommend it to all, but especially those who still slavishly follow the cult of Trump and embrace his conservative, male, white-power, traditional family, view of America, despite all the evidence that it has all been one enormous con-job on the American people.

Gordon D. Durich

America’s Loveless Age: Trumpism, FemPower and the End of Patriarchy (When Singleton is the New Normal) by Noel Terry is a topical book where politics clash with people power. The impact Donald Trump, former president of the United States, had both socially and personally, is investigated. Based on a newspaper article about Trump’s toxic presidency, upon marriages in America, Noel Terry’s non-fiction work expands the notion of the post-Trumpian “love affair” fallout.

Writing objectively, Terry reignites the inflammatory issues of the POTUS misogyny and social divisiveness. Posing the question, could the rejection of Trumpism squash a rumored 2024 resurgence, this tidy three-parter makes sense of the contemporary political scene. This includes a fear of losing white superiority and the anti-feminist movement. The author points out that the number of marriages during the Trump era fell to a 118-year low and why this little-known statistic was important, with its remnants, still being felt today.

Written with mature women in mind, but applicable to both sexes, America’s Loveless Age is worthy of inclusion in a university sociology syllabus required reading. As a sociology major, I would have appreciated this on mine. The author’s grasp of contemporary politics and gender dynamics is evident. I appreciated the way Noel Terry explained how Trump corrupted not only the societal fabric of this country but also personal relationships under the umbrella of love. Regardless of which political party one belongs to, this work is important reading and, in hindsight, a testament to the times.

Vincent Dublado

Have you ever wondered why singleton is the new normal? Noel Terry tries to answer this question in his political nonfiction book, America’s Loveless Age: Trumpism, FemPower, the End of Patriarchy. This socio-political commentary was written based on a news article about how Donald Trump’s presidency was destroying marriages across the country and when a dating website posted a statement about politics being on the minds of daters more than ever. This book’s main idea is very straightforward: when politics interferes with love, you sense the country is too painfully divided. This work is in three parts and sixteen chapters. The author presents his thesis by first dissecting the anatomy of the Sisterhood War that became the catalyst of the Trump Loveless Age, and how it moves forward to challenge the traditional patriarchy while keeping feminism in a privileged space.

Noel Terry has written something here that cannot be ignored. On account of his diligent research and solid word choices, he has undoubtedly captured the effects that the Trump administration has left on human relationships. It is a powerful assessment of the impact of Trump’s presidency using a framework that helps any layman understand the typology of change drawn from empirical articles and sources that map an existing causal process. It is an illustration of a presidency that has failed to slow or reverse destructive pressures. Rather, it has amplified such pressures brought about by the dangers of poor political leadership. America’s Loveless Age is highly recommended for nonfiction readers who love strong and solid social and political commentary.

Joe Wisinski

America’s Loveless Age: Trumpism, FemPower, the End of Patriarchy (Why Singleton is the New Normal) by Noel Terry is about how the 45th president divided the country, but it also covers broader issues. The author says that Trump’s negative influence extends far beyond politics, even into how single people find potential mates. The book is divided into three parts: The Divisive Trump Age, The Muddle in Marriage Markets, and Times Up on the Patriarchy/Old America. Chapter titles include: A Paranoid President Protects the Patriarchy, America First ends in America Carnage, Is Feminism Dead? and Patriarchy Scorched in a Game-Changer World. Terry says his goal is to clarify the modern political scene, especially the way it influences romantic life.

America’s Loveless Age is fascinating. It’s well-researched and thoroughly documented, yet it doesn’t sound like an academic tome. Noel Terry is a fine writer who knows how to mix facts, commentary, and even humor into a compelling read. Terry’s idea of examining today’s dating environment in light of the atmosphere created by the 45th president is unique and needed. Of course, not everyone will agree with Terry’s conclusions. In particular, fans of the former president will be aggrieved, because Terry pulls no punches in spelling out the damage the former president caused, is still doing, and may continue to do. Those who approach the book with a spirit of openness will learn and have their mindset challenged. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who wants interesting, enjoyable, and mind-expanding work.

Michael W

Very cool