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"From sexist ads to honor killings, there are seventy-plus feminist issues explained in The Guy's Guide to Feminism--a relevant, inclusive, funny, and straight-to-the-point explanation of how and why feminism improves life for the male half the the world, too." —Gloria Steinem

"The Michael K's have created an admirably accessible guide for guys to understand and embrace the other (often more incendiary) F-word. And it's even funny. Quite remarkable. Everyone knows feminists have no sense of humor!" —Jian Ghomeshi, host of Q on CBC radio and TV

"The Guy's Guide to Feminism is the book for guys on how to be more authentic and fight for a more just world." —Courtney Martin, editor of

"Feminism touches everyone, everyday. Kaufman and Kimmel guide us through a conversation that is imperative in our society—and they do it with clarity and humor." —Don McPherson, College Football Hall of Fame Quarterback, now social educator

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Seal Press (October 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580053629
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580053624
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #293,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a man who is inexperienced when it comes to feminism, the Guy’s Guide to Feminism was a great read for me. It gave me a great overview of just about every feminism issue that I could imagine thinking about. At the same time it wasn’t too much for me to handle in terms of context and material. The way it was presented, in small 1-2 page mini sections, help me get a base of knowledge and interest in every issue that was talked about. As a text for an uneducated, male member of the feminist community this text is a great intro for me, but anyone who has an average or better knowledge of the topic should look to a more in-depth text.

The book was very engaging and lots of humor including many skits of easily relatable people having conversations or attempting to complete a task. Many times the book makes you think because it won’t tell what a certain section in the book and you yourself have to use context clues to determine the meaning. The book’s style, while coming with it’s own set of negatives, does make it a very easy, quick read for anyone who is looking to get educated on feminism.

While the book’s style accomplishes it’s purpose, it really takes away the overall connection in this book. There was never a ‘WOW’ moment for me where something really connected with me or a point where I thought to myself that I could never put the book down. As with most books written in this style there were a few sections that I really didn’t understand or connect with.

Overall I was very happy with the information, humor, and quality of this book. It gave me a great overview of what to expect from feminism. If I was any more educated than I already am, this book would have been very boring.
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The Guys Guide To Feminism
By: Michael Kaufman & Michael Kimmel

This book is meant to persuade men to support feminism. It is composed like a dictionary presenting issues of feminism from A-Z, including issues such as: sexism, relationships, patriarchy, privilege, marriage, and violence. The intended audience is a male, who is very new to feminism, because it talks very broadly on feminist issues that are very apparent to anyone who has any previous knowledge on feminism.
It addresses a widespread of feminist issues but does it very unsuccessfully. Kimmel and Kaufman use humor, script writing and images to address issues that are not by any means funny. For example, they have a section titled “NO” which is referring to women in society not having the right to say no to sex and no to reproduction; implying that women do not have control over their own bodies. Kimmel and Kaufman present this article by introducing it with a riddle and then continuing on with actual hard facts by saying Boring Lecture Version: Feminist issues including rape, violence, sexism, workplace inequality etc; are not things that should be taken lightly and presenting them with humor and satire is a poor way to persuade someone to be a feminist.
Kimmel and Kaufman do frequently explain the benefits of being a man and being a feminist. For example,They end the book with the last words being “ Zero, the ideal number of men who don’t know that women's equality points the way to better relationships, better sex, stronger families, peaceful communities, a more just society, and simply a damn better world.” Though, I think it was beneficial that they would directly point out the benefits of feminism to men, I don't believe it was enough. I can say right now, If I was a male new to feminism, reading this book would not persuade me to support the feminist movement; It would leave me bored and feeling as though I wasted my time.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Alexander on May 5, 2014
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I enjoyed this book. It is a quick read (I finished it in a little more than 24 hours) and makes a lot of good points. As a feminist man, I agree with 95% of what the authors have to say. I fully concur with their basic thesis that feminism is a force for positive change and the patriarchy which rules our society hurts both men and women and has to go.

Positives: The book is often funny and clever and makes some points which need to be made. It also does the valuable service of being a book about feminism aimed at men. Regrettably, the men who need this book the most won't read it. The most sexist men I know aren't exactly the book-reading type.

Negatives: The authors sometimes cast too-wide a net. The discussion of unions was a little out of place, for example. Also, they address the subject of human trafficking but don't consider the argument that legalizing prostitution is the best way to combat trafficking. They do address the issue of prostitution, but give sparse analysis to how much damage to women (including trafficking in the sex trade) could be greatly reduced by legalization. It is as if they learned nothing from the lessons of Prohibition.

The authors also address the issue of pornography, but the entry is so vague I'm not sure what they're trying to say.

The key failing of the authors, however, is that they let religion largely off the hook. Sure, they bring up the misogyny of the major religions. They completely fail to hold religion responsible, however, as the primary source of misogyny in modern society. Here you have the fountainhead of misogyny, and the authors wimp-out and don't confront it as such. In this book about feminism, they neglect to confront the single biggest anti-feminist force out there.
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