This remains the only British men's rights book that I know of, yet was first published nearly a decade before Farrell's 'Myth of Male Power' and Tiger's 'Decline of Males' and, in my opinion, ranks as the equal of both of those great works in its startlingly revolutionary anaylsis of second wave feminism and as a clarion call to arms for the ever growing army of dispossessed men.
Lyndon applies what must be described as a Marxian analysis of second wave feminism, seeing the rapid change in the position of women in the 60's and 70's to be nothing more than a response to the demands of capitalism and the requirements of a modern labour market. The development of technologies such as the contraceptive pill and in utero abortion were introduced in order to facilitate the fulfilling of these economic needs, themselves of course having unforeseen social and cultural effects.
According to Lyndon, feminism quickly claimed the credit for the social changes that were happening when in fact the second wave was itself no less a product of the deterministic tide - a new dominant capitalist ideology fulfilling the intellectual and emotional needs of men and women who had suddenly been forced to live in ways that no other generation prior ever had, and of course, ironically justifying itself through appeals to (pseudo) Marxist theory.
What is so important about Lyndon's work is that it completely pulls the rug from under the sanctified feet of the second wave feminists. Their feminism was not a rational, purposeful struggle that successfully achieved equality for women but rather simply a blind, emotional and extremely vicious response to events that were under the control of nobody (and certainly not the likes of Germaine Greer).Read more ›
Lyndon must have received an awful lot of hate mail after this was published, as it would have to be one of the most politically incorrect books of the 90s. Which is not to say it isn't good. In fact, it's possibly one of the more revealing essays written since feminism became a buzz word in the 60s. Basically, the author seeks to dismantle some of the feminist 'myths' that have pervaded western societies. He blames Germaine Greer (and others of her ilk) for actually destroying the issue of women's rights by going too far - proving this by arguing (sometimes with conviction and accuracy; other times not) that Greer recanted some of her earlier statements regarding issues such as bra-burning and the protests against house-bound mothers. Interestingly, he lays the seeds of feminism (and ultimately of it's failure) on the invention of the contraceptive pill. What will be interesting to see is whether some of his predictions are fulfilled. While he makes sense on the whole, it is not always comfortable (or even worthwhile) agreeing with his outlook.