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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.
Are Men Necessary, however, is one of the most jumbled books I have ever read.
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.
Finally, in this book, she seems to have lost that wonderful gift of wry humor and fun that was so infectious in her writing.
Maureen Dowd provides an insightful look at the evolving relationship between men and women.Published 29 days 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 11 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 12 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 18 months ago 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 23 months ago by CelticWomanFanPiano
Maureen Dowd was never that attractive and, if you want to date men, don't be a jerk. She's an angry jerk. Read morePublished 24 months ago by M. Jackson
This is faux literary art, as the overwhelming writing talent of Maureen Dowd (acting as a provocateur in a pulp fiction salon of gender bending collisions), discusses DNA... Read morePublished on January 18, 2011 by R. A. Shaw
I understand that there has been a lot of bad feeling over this book because... well the title is provocative. Read morePublished on April 29, 2010 by Cory Williams
Maureen Dowd captures, with great wit, humor and some sadness, the complexities of life in the "new" milennium. Read morePublished on September 17, 2009 by Pagefree