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"Legalizing Misandry is a tour de force that exceeds even Spreading Misandry in power and persuasion." Don Browning, University of Chicago

About the Author

Paul Nathanson is a researcher, religious studies, McGill University, and author of Over the Rainbow: The Wizard of Oz as a Secular Myth of America.

Katherine K. Young is James McGill Professor, religious studies, McGill University. She has published e

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  • Hardcover: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Mcgill-Queens University Press; annotated edition edition (March 21, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0773528628
  • ISBN-13: 978-0773528628
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 2.1 x 9 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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89 of 98 people found the following review helpful By Hu(man) on June 24, 2006
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Following on their study of the systematic hatred of men (misandry) in the popular media--SPREADING MISANDRY--two Canadian scholars present in this volume the second of a trilogy on the topic. The third will discuss misandry as it is being proselytized in college and university classrooms. They have no need for shocking journalistic revelations and rhetoric, but rely instead on sober, close examination of court decisions that have slowly but surely changed the way men are treated under the law in Canada and the United States. The authors show how interest groups, lobbying and media pressure have leveraged a sea change in the treatment of men, especially as husbands and fathers. Their position is ethical. The focus of their examination is ideological feminism's effect on the framing of legal sanctions by our nation's courts that are stacked against men. As a result of the influence of ideological feminism, certain topics may not be discussed in academe, the media will always support its agenda, and increasingly in the home, husbands and fathers are identified as dangerous and evil. Demonizing men in this way is the work of misandry. Its sources are complex, but they rest solidly in ideological feminism. The authors' plea is for reasoned consideration of misandry and exposure of its motives. After reading this book, no one can fail to admit that we have reached a point where it is increasingly thought to be a shame to have been born male in North America. And we cannot forget that what is promoted here soon sends out spores to settle and grow elsewhere in the world.Read more ›
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69 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Michael on June 25, 2006
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One of the more intriguing questions which this massive and massively-researched volume will raise in the months and years to come is the degree to which it will be politicized, i.e., viewed as a salvo "in favor of" males in a gender war conceived by academic feminists as a marxist political-group war between oppressors and oppressed. Academic feminist scholarship explicitly has an activist political agenda, which means among other things that it opportunistically exploits the tolerance of the modern university in the name of pursuit of an ethic of truth-seeking in order to advance what can be called an ethic of power-seeking. In that context, "Legalizing Misandry" will be seen by academic feminists as "just another" (though necessarily formidable) blow aimed at resisting feminist attack strategy in behalf of the enemy (no quotes) male.

Perhaps the single most important thing Nathonson and Young do is refuse to draw back from saying that academic feminists--most of the feminists they discuss are professional scholar-teachers, most with PhDs--are unabashed hatemongers. In going so far they only stop short of annoncing that the "gender war" is in no way a metaphor, that feminists are just as determined to wreak damage on males as they contend males are determined to wreak on them.

In a way, it will be interesting to see just how far this gauntlet thrown down to academic feminists will be picked up by them and responded to. To admit that feminists are explicitly anti-male, for instance, is to open up the whole academic industry of "Women' Studies"--which includes the female professors who teach in them--to the charge that they violate federal, state, and institutional regulations against hostile environment sexual harassment.
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81 of 91 people found the following review helpful By The Old Philosopher on April 30, 2006
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Misandry: hatred of men. Legalizing Misandry is a large, dense, thoroughly documented scholarly work that lays out the history of the legal shift in the US and Canada from one of equality under law to one of females first, men go away. For men it's pretty depressing to confront all the many ways that men no longer get justice or anything resembling fair treatment under law. Nathanson and Young use examples of highly publicized (read: media feeding frenzy) bellwether cases that have been used as excuses to shift our laws more and more against men. From the daycare witch hunts of the 1980s to Marc Lepine's counter attack on feminism, the authors show how these bellwether cases were used by misandrist political forces to enact more and more misandrist laws. They document how misandry is now the basic law in entitlements, marriage, divorce, and child care, pornography and prostitution, sexual harassment, abuse, violence and even murder. They suggest that no sane man who really knew the legal ramifications would even consider marriage under such misandrist law. They document how political and moral misandry is being taught at every college and university under the front names of "women's studies," "gender studies," etc. They show how "equality" has come to mean female dominance, and how the feminist lesbians who control radical feminism won't be satisfied until men are eliminate altogether. As a man I found it really depressing to review all the many places where hatred of men is codified into law and promoted by my tax money. This is a serious scholarly work with hundred of detailed footnotes and references. It needs to be part of every discussion of law and education. Their hard hitting honesty and the history of how misandry became the law of our lands is the opposite of feminist PC dogma.Read more ›
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