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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: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 Feministing.com

"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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YES!--I do not say this lightly, but, I LOVED this book.
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This was an excellent way to learn more about the different issues facing women and getting behind some real action to bring this nation closer to true equality.
Lawson Stuart
Written lucidly with funny, poignant instances, this is a must for any man that wants to get an easy, non-preachy introduction to feminism.
Jeremy Brown

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19 of 27 people found the following review helpful By D. Kennedy on April 15, 2014
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This book is little more than a list of tired talking points and hypotheticals. They do not delve in any depth into any gender issues, and it is HORRIBLY slanted.

Make no mistake, this is not "The Guy's Guide to Feminism." It's, "Dude, Stop Being a Misogynist, the Only Cure is Feminism!"

It's certainly worth a read, but only if you're willing to do more research than this book. Do not take anything said in it at face value. This is not informative, it is propaganda.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Claymon on February 21, 2014
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This book, organized like a dictionary, exposes a lot of the things that are good and bad about feminism; especially for a male that is capable of thinking for himself. I give the book three stars because it was a good read, even though about three fifths of the book is garbage. A lot of the sections were cleverly disguised rants. Seriously, those three fifths of garbage are supposed to be funny but often assume that males are ignorant, sexist, and unaware of any inequalities that exist in this world. A sports theme in a book about equality and gender roles that is targeting males is silly. It makes me wonder if the authors were just trying to sell more books by buying into the stereotyping that is discouraged within its pages. Hmmmmm.....The book is also written from a perspective that sees women as the victim on every single topic. A little more effort and discussion into the issues would have been appreciated. The other two fifths of the book actually provide valuable insights into the history of the treatment of women in society. Unfortunately problems of the past are used to fight a modern battle here. The authors don't cite any of their informational sources (pretty much only credit photos used) so guys, you're expected to blindly trust their PHDs and resumes. (You trust everything your professors have ever told you about social issues right?). I'm giving the book three stars because it was so full of garbage that it inspired me to further educate myself about social issues.

Bottom Line: The book contains a ton of silly garbage, however if you can look past the piles of trash located in its pages, it is a great book for somebody who wants to get a better understanding of what feminism is, where it came from, and other social issues related to sex, gender, and skin color.
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3 of 5 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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Do not buy this! Save your money by reading the basic stuff on Wikipedia. Such a waist of money.
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By Heather M. May on December 3, 2014
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I don't really like this book, though I am a feminist. It is kind of boring.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By karma-e on April 22, 2013
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great introduction, book is laid out in a alphabet based glossary style, laid out nice and easy and the authors present in a fun but serious way if you get my drift. see the author's onlne videos on you tube.
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If you are a man (or woman) who is interested in learning more about feminism, but hasn't really done any reading yet, this book is written for you. It presents a decent, high-level explanation of major terms and concepts you may have heard in relation to the subject. Its purpose is primarily to give definitions and a little context, not necessarily to convince those of you who are on the fence about whether it's all BS (full disclosure, I'm not: I'm a man who identifies as a feminist ally).

The tone isn't particularly preachy, but I did feel like it was a bit off in places due to being... well, corny. I feel like at times the authors are trying so hard to build rapport with the intended "average dude" reader that they end up speaking to something that is more of a weird "hypothetical dude" who is an amalgam of male stereotypes. It's hard to describe, but I guess it's best explained by saying that at times I felt the need to step back and say "don't bro me, bro." Maybe that's a good approach for the target audience, I dunno - as I mentioned, I don't think I'm it. Had I read this book a few years ago, it might have been much more apt. I'm just putting this out there for anyone who does read it and find themselves turned off by the cheese. Know that being a man and a feminist doesn't necessarily mean you'll turn into a goofy, awkward dude.

So, TL;DR: good as an introductory text. Not particularly moving, but educational. If you're looking for something that's more challenging and moving, I'd also recommend "The Will to Change" by bell hooks, which I read immediately after.
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