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Hazards of Being Male: Surviving the Myth of Masculine Privilege (Signet) Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 1977

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Product Details

  • Series: Signet
  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Signet (May 1, 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451126580
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451086273
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,529,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven H Propp TOP 100 REVIEWER on September 28, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Dr. Herb Goldberg, (born 1937) is a professor emeritus of psychology at California State University, Los Angeles and a practicing psychologist in Los Angeles. He has also written books such as The New Male (Signet), The Inner Male: Overcoming Roadblocks to Intimacy, What Men Really Want (Signet), What Men Still Don't Know About Women, Relationships, and Love, etc.

He wrote in the Foreword to this 1976 book, "The male has paid a heavy price for his masculine 'privilege' and power. He is out of touch with his emotions and his body. Only a new way of perceiving himself can unlock him from old, destructive patterns and enrich his life... Men need to arrive at their own realization of what is crucial to their survival and well-being. It is my hope that this book will serve as a major step toward awakening each man to the way in which he denies and destroys himself daily. It is only then that he will fulfill himself as a total person and learn how to be a friend and partner to male and female alike."

Here are some additional quotations from the book:

"Unlike some of the problems of women, the problems of men are not readily changed through legisltion." (Pg. 4)
"There is also a commonly-expressed notion that men will somehow be freed as a by-product of the feminist movement.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. W. Kennedy on July 28, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I found the old 1976 edition in with a bunch of junk books that were being discarded, and decided to pick it up because it might be good for a laugh. It turned out to be incredibly insightful though, and I'm glad to see that it is still in print.

Some of the 1970s lingo comes across as being "dated" and corny now, and some of the case studies describe situations which I think are hard to relate to in the 2010s. I was also somewhat appalled at the degree of selfishness the author seems to advocate, but then again it was the 1970s; "The ME Decade." I think it's possible to find a compromise position where a man can fulfill his social obligations without selling his soul.

It seems like men are somewhat more free to express themselves now than we were 30 years ago, but while reading this book I realized that we are still in pretty much the same predicament as we were in back then. Women are our equals now, but we still end up being forced into restrictive gender roles and made to feel guilty just for being men. Our bodies and our desires are still perceived, subconsciously, as being "shameful" while the female of the species basks in beauty and approval which is the result of a concentrated multimedia effort to boost her self-esteem. There's very little genuine affirmation for men in our popular culture. Instead we get TV ads selling us boner pills that defy nature, because apparently a man is expected to be Johnny-on-the-spot with an erection whenever his woman demands it. This does not seem right to me. With the so-called "masculine privilege" comes a heavy "male responsibility" - and it seems modern woman has been only too happy to leave us all of the latter while securing for herself the benefits of the former.
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I read this back in the 1980's when it first was released. The content is stellar with great observations regarding the male condition in our culture. Still very relevant today. What is highly disconcerting and the reason for only three stars is the editing and translating into electronic format. Contextual errors abound and make one wonder why anyone would spend money on the thing. Believe me if it was not for the content I would have returned the book. But I am painstakingly reading through the errors because the author knows his stuff. grrrrrr!!!!
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