Why Men Are The Way They Are Mass Market Paperback – Jan 29 2002
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In a question-and-answer format, Farrell ( The Myth of Male Power , Audio Reviews, LJ 10/1/93) explains life from a man's perspective. If you've wondered why men find it hard to commit, why they provide solutions instead of empathy, why they can't just stop and ask directions, or why they spend so much time at work, this audiobook is for you. Farrell addresses the other side of sexism, asking why women, if they want equality, expect men to pick up the check at dinner. He explains the male experience of being a "success object" as well as explaining why men make women into "sex objects" to lessen the pain of rejection. The listener learns what men talk about with the "guys" and why vulnerability is so difficult for men to express. Farrell initiates a dialog that will contribute to an understanding and maybe even a truce between the sexes. Recommended for all contemporary collections.
- Nancy Paul, Brandon P.L., Wis.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Warren Farrell, Ph.D., is the author of Women Can't Hear What Men Don't Say and The Myth of Male Power. Dr. Farrell taught at the School of Medicine of the University of California in San Diego, and has taught psychology, sociology, and political science at Georgetown, Rutgers, and Brooklyn College. He is the only man elected three times to the board of N.O.W. in New York City. He lives in Encinitas, California.See all Product Description
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While many of the examples (Michael Jackson, the movie Flashdance, etc.) are a bit dated at this point, Farrell's observations were years ahead of even the radical evolutionary psychologists in coming around to the view that men, and male behavior generally, are basically the result of a breeding experiment run by women, not men. This is a liberating data-point for men, who have been alternately shamed, chided, and pitied by women unrelentingly for about two decades now.
While much of the men's movement has progressed to more of a focus on political issues (divorce and child custody in particular), and Farrell's subsequent "The Myth of Male Power" is a stronger refutation of the widespread allegations of rampant male privilege (read it next), "Why Men Are The Way They Are" is still about the best book written from a male-friendly perspective on courtship and basic relationship issues, exploding many myths about men and women, which can only be a good thing.
The book is a bit old, but I venture to guess that not much has changed. In fact, I'm almost certain even with just a cursory survey of magazines, books, newspapers, and movies.
ALL men and women who are frustrated with why relationships (romantic or otherwise) are so rarely satisfying should read this. Even those that are in satisfying relationships should read this to understand a little more how society and culture pressures both men and women into mutually destructive roles.
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First off this isnt a book for male chauvinist pigs!
This is a detailed study and analysis on gender stereotypes with factual evidence. Read more
When a love affair comes to an end, it's a natural temptation to trash the former object of affection to anyone who will listen. Read morePublished on March 11 2001 by Peter Tupper
Dr. Farrell breaks open the mind with role reversals and thought provacation in both his book and clinics throughout the nation. Read morePublished on May 23 2000
Has some remarkable insight's on what motivates people, specifically the differences between men and women; while I generally don't like books that say "Men are like this,... Read morePublished on April 24 2000 by Mark Struttin
An absolute must read, for both sexes: things you always suspected were true, but never, ever dared say out loud. Sanity in printed form. Read morePublished on Dec 6 1999 by Paul Scott
Where to begin? Bad research (if it can be called that),fallicious reasoning, pandering (quiet genocide, please!), and dated. Read morePublished on Nov. 22 1999
Warren Farrell has the unusal ability to see us as a Martian would. His fresh approach brings staggering insights, paradigm shifts and will change your life forever.Published on June 9 1999