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With hands on hips and eyes wide open, Dowd surveys gender relations in contemporary settings such as the workplace, the White House, the mall, and the media, comparing and contrasting as she goes. And while her secondary sources are endless--and, let's face it, the subject of gender inequality is not exactly new--Dowd manages to produce a fair share of bons mots. To wit, this pearl on the subject of plastic surgery and men: "I have yet to see a man come out of cosmetic surgery without looking transformed into some permanently astonished lesbian version of himself," Dowd quotes a source as saying. "It's terrifying. My friend's father had just his eyes done by the best, most highly sought-after cosmetic surgeon in New York City. And he doesn't look refreshed or well rested. He looks like he's being stabbed to death by invisible people." Dowd's generously dispersed anecdotes, though seldom as funny, are equally readable. In the end, though, one wishes Are Men Necessary? went beyond simply grocery listing examples of sexual disparity to offer concrete suggestions for change. Then again, maybe that's too great a task even for a woman like Dowd. --Kim Hughes --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Reading this book was like reading pseudo-intellectual newspaper or magazine editorials from end to end.
I guess it's much easier for me to not lose sleep over the fact that elite men are probably not going to like someone like me than it seems to be for Maureen Dowd.
Ms. Dowd is informed and intelligent and in my view, should not have excused herself from writing the more scholarly book she is clearly capable of.
It's basically just a long, meandering, often pointless collection of useless observations, flippant remarks, snarky jabs, and inconsequential suggestions that are barely held... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Todd30
One of the libraries I frequently visit has a used-book shop in the corner. Outside the entrance to this shop, there is a bin containing free books. Read morePublished 5 months ago by ThorBjorn
Maureen Dowd provides an insightful look at the evolving relationship between men and women.Published 9 months ago by Linda T.
Despite being a middle-aged woman, Dowd shared a research study in Are Men Necessary? (It was also referenced in The Allure of Nymphets) from The Journal of Neurophysiology. Read morePublished 19 months ago by The Writer Mo Ibrahim
It is a romp through the battle of the sexes. The author has a sharp wit. I am surprised how many people took it seriously and wrote angry reviews: if the hat fits wear it. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Igor Biryukov
Maureen Dowd's voice speaks to me in the darkness of a lonely place, one where men are terrified of women who are successful on their own terms. Read morePublished on February 26, 2013 by Anne Babson
This is a very simple book and a very quick read, which is always pleasant. Maureen Dowd's adeptness at pointing out the fallacies of Presidential Politics is turned more towards... Read morePublished on September 14, 2012 by CelticWomanFanPiano