- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Random House; 1 edition (June 10 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1400065798
- ISBN-13: 978-1400065790
- Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 2.4 x 24.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 454 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,058,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Save the Males: Why Men Matter Why Women Should Care Hardcover – Jun 10 2008
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From Publishers Weekly
According to columnist Parker, men are an endangered species struggling against everything from mere hostility to literal emasculation. Starting in elementary school, where a teacher most likely a feminist will demand that boys sit still and listen and continuing through college, where freshmen must endure rape awareness workshops, men are besieged by disrespect. Belittled by bumbling portrayals in sitcoms, their importance as fathers is so devalued that they are perceived as little more than sperm and a wallet. Parker trots out the usual suspects—mass culture, unspecified feminists, The Vagina Monologues, Murphy Brown, metrosexuals and girlymen—to propose that a feminist campaign is afoot and eager to effeminize, denigrate and destroy American men. Although Parker's deliberate provocations make for lively reading, the majority of her claims are too fanciful and unsubstantiated to be genuinely thought provoking or even interesting (erectile dysfunction is caused by young, sexually aggressive women; women serving in the army put the nation at risk). Parker makes a poor conspiracy theorist, and her statistics and unverifiable theories are unable to make her case, however vehement or entertaining their presentation. (June)
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“Sharp and witty criticism.”—New York Post
“Save the Males is witty and it’s going to make you laugh, but it is also serious, thoughtful, brilliantly observed, and dead-on.”—Peggy Noonan
“Kathleen Parker proves to be not just a sharp thinker but a blithe spirit. While most social critics fight the gender wars from the female side, Parker throws our men and our boys an intelligent, heartfelt, humorous life jacket.” —Margaret Carlson
“Arresting, entertaining, and serious.”—The New York Times
“Fierce and funny.”—Toronto Star
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As a cultural perspective on the modern role of men, how that role has changed over the years, and how to synergize the necessary, right and natural equality between men and women without devaluing either gender, this book is fantastic.
This book also makes you think hard about your preconceived notions of gender, gender roles, and why it seems that many men end up as irresponsible and untethered and why women end up going for men who don't provide them with the emotional and spiritual support they need.
This book makes you think - period. Although there is a distinctly conservative political slant, this is the kind of book that doesn't use that as a crutch or a bludgeon - and its logic stands up, even once that bias is removed. If you're a woman trying to understand why your husband, brother or son is having trouble figuring themselves out or if you're a man confused about why you feel attacked without any real proof - then this book might explain a few things.