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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media; 1 edition (Oct. 1 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580627560
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580627566
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 358 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 180 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Contending that some women are "too nice," comedian and radio show host Sherry Argov has written Why Men Love Bitches: From Doormat to Dreamgirl-A Woman's Guide to Holding Her Own in a Relationship. "I'm not recommending that a woman have an abrasive disposition," Argov writes, "The woman I'm describing is kind yet strong. She doesn't give up her life, and she won't chase a man." Her sassy book is filled with scenarios and advice aimed at making women subtly stronger and self-empowered. Argov's principles, which range from the farfetched to the downright absurd, include "If you give him a feeling of power, he'll want to protect you and he'll want to give you the world" and "A little distance combined with the appearance of self-control makes him nervous that he may be losing you." The book, which has already been featured on The View and The O'Reilly Factor, should make waves with its controversial view of relationships.
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"A self-help classic." --Daily Mail

"America's top relationship guide." --The Book Tribe

One of "The 10 Most Iconic Relationship Books of the Past Ten Years." --Yahoo!

"Men don't really go for 'nice.' They go for 'interesting.'" --Chicago Sun-Times

"We're talking about having so much self-respect, Aretha Franklin would high-five you." --Los Angeles Times

"The pejorative meaning of the word 'bitch' has been reclaimed... it means a strong, feisty woman who has moxie, and knows when to use it. A bitch is... sap free." --Pursuit Magazine

"[Argov is] talking about a strong woman. Someone who knows what she's doing in life. Someone who will share the load, but who will stand her ground." --Joy Behar, Co-host of The View

"Sherry Argov shows women how to transform a casual relationship into a committed one." --The Today Show

"The Best of Culture." --Esquire

"A hot book!" --Fox News Channel

"A must-read at Sunday brunch." --New York Daily News

"Why Men Love Bitches flew off the shelves.... Men thrive with women who can set boundaries and who push back when they try to cross the line." --Cosmopolitan

"An anti-whining manifesto that encourages women who feel like doormats to develop a sense of independence." --Playboy

"Ultimately Sherry Argov's message boils down to one of confidence and self respect, which, let's face it...it's the only sane way to go. In short...stay for the sage advice." --Glo MSN

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Although I enjoyed reading this book and found it to be quite humorous, I have mixed feelings about it. I agree with the parts that talked about having self-respect and not bending over backwards for someone that continues to treat you like dirt, valuing yourself as a woman, and not be "needy" desperate, and clingy...but the parts I don't really agree with are her advice on games and trickery to keep a man or get him to long for you. If your interested in someone and he's interested in you (and it's a mutual thing) by all means give him a call or at least act interested! Now if he starts acting "funny" and uninterested, that's when you stop calling him or even trying to show interest (whether you're a man or a woman). I'm just wondering if this book really worked, then why is SHE still single.
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This is a must read book for all those women who find themselves being treated like yesterdays meatloaf. You know, you'll take it only if you can't have anything better, or you may just say forget it and chuck into the garbage. The author really hits home when she talks about the male appetite for a Bitchy Woman. It's true they do get more respect. I shared this book some friends of mine both male and female and I can't get it back. They keep asking me, "do you mind if I let my friend check it out?" So I fiqured out what everyone is getting for Christmas this year. It truely is an instruction manual to transform a doormat to dreamgirl. It's not always about looks. Attitude is why you see some women getting what they want while little Miss Nicey is home alone thinking "maybe if I bake these cookies just right..." As a man I say GO FOR IT LADIES! Check out the book and use the information to change your way of thinking. Heck, I'm even going to apply some of the techniques to my relationship. I hope they post this review, because I really, really enjoyed this book.
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Sherry Argov offers invaluable advice about how to maintain your dignity and self esteem in relationships with men. I wish I had read her book 10 years ago! Simple phrases and ideas like, "Maintain your financial independence," "Men don't respond to words, they respond to no contact" "It is your attitude about yourself that a man will adopt" are fleshed out in a no-nonsense, logical format. It confirmed some of my notions about men. But more important, I learned a lot of information I wish I had known all my life. The "Rules" is enough to get started on, but this book explains exactly why being "too nice" does not work. The book will challenge some of your notions about men, and change the rest of them. I highly recommend it.
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This book was recommended to me as funny and insightful. It was neither. It portrays men as infantile, focused solely on sexual gratification, and easily manipulated by the Bitch. I found myself offended on behalf of both women and men. Save your money and your time!
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This book is probably the BEST book I have EVER read concerning relationships/dating. This lets you know exactly what you're doing wrong, WHY you're doing it, and how to remedy it. Don't become a doormat (nice girl) to the guy you're dating! Keep the interest alive, make him KEEP pursuing you long after the initial "honeymoon" phase of dating is over, and don't make the mistakes SO many women make! This book tells you how to keep that spark alive, how to keep his interest as intense as it was when he first met you, and how NOT to let him take you for granted, as so many men do with their ladies. This book WILL help you with your relationship & future dating! I'm rereading this book for the second time, and plan to purchase copies for my girlfriends as gifts. EVERY woman MUST have a copy of this on her shelf!!! A DEFINITE MUST-READ!!!
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Every girl on the planet should drop what she's doing and read this book immediately!! Argov just changed my whole outlook, not just on relationships, but all social interaction, and even life in general. Her message is to be yourself, pursue your own interests, live your life to the fullest & they will come to YOU. Olympic efforts to conform to what you imagine to be a man's "ideal" are unnecessary and even counter-productive... the less you appear to crave someone's approval, they more likely they are to crave YOUR approval! Who knew?! Every sentence of this book is a "lightbulb moment"; Argov zeroes in on all your and your friends' past mistakes as if she'd been hiding in the bushes all along. The advice she offers in this book has ALREADY worked WONDERS for me and produced real results! And I only read it a month ago! Buy the book, the e-version is only $8, which is WAY less then you might otherwise spend on misguided efforts to please men (Would have saved a fortune has I read this a year earlier!!)
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Why Men Love Bitches had much the same content as The Rules - but not as severe. It sets the ground rules for the time which you have already met him and are beginning a relationship. This time around there was no emphasis on who approaches whom. There is little said about how to meet men or attract them. Sherry emphasizes that women in new relationships should not be cooking for him or going out of her way for him. He has to earn his time with you as a valuable woman (a contender). Don't let on that you are over anxious for his phone calls. Women must remain mysterious creatures as this is how men function. They get bored if you're a push-over. Sherry notes that women who behave in the ways that she suggests are not 'playing games' - it is in a man's nature to chase.

It is imparative that anyone reading this book understand that it is a FACT that there are gender differences. And these facts are documented in scientific journals. A very easy way to understand these facts is to read a book called "Why Men Don't Listen and Women Can't Read Maps" by Barbara & Allan Pease. It is VERY easy to understand, and written in plain English so that 25 year old women like myself can understand it.
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