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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much better than Pros and Cons
I was writing a report for one of my college writing classes about the recent off the field problems that athletes are having today. I had bought Pros and Cons and found it to be interesting and full of facts and stories. However, when I read this book, I was impressed even more. Benedict does a great job of painting the picture of how violent these knucklehead...
Published on May 24, 2000 by Justin D. Young

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3 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This is a joke
Questionable research and even more questionable conclusions. Singling out a single demographic group and making these kinds of generalizations is sickening. What about cops and crimes against women? Construction workers and crimes against women? Shameless and pathetic!
Published on September 14, 2004 by D Horn


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much better than Pros and Cons, May 24, 2000
This review is from: Public Heroes, Private Felons: Athletes and Crimes Against Women (Paperback)
I was writing a report for one of my college writing classes about the recent off the field problems that athletes are having today. I had bought Pros and Cons and found it to be interesting and full of facts and stories. However, when I read this book, I was impressed even more. Benedict does a great job of painting the picture of how violent these knucklehead athletes can be. When the victims descibe their beatings, it sends chills up your spine. If anyone who is looking for a behind the glitter and glamour look of today's professional athlete, than they must buy this book.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This book is accurate, not misandric, February 2, 2000
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This review is from: Public Heroes, Private Felons: Athletes and Crimes Against Women (Paperback)
There is a difference between drawing conclusions from data and the kind of misandry which the NC reader refers to. This book takes a long look at both at both numbers (types of crimes, numbers of felons) and case-study data (individual accounts from the subjects) to support a conclusion that is obvious to all thinking people: violent group behavior is connected to violent individual behavior, especially when groups of men are involved. It is not misandric to develop a hypothesis and then examine whether the data support it or nor; it is, however, irresponsible to make sloppy, defensive, ad hominem attacks on books which scare the hell out of you. This book acts as a mirror to reflect some uncomplimentary facets of male society (and male sports). Readers may not like what they see, but this book (and others by Benedict) prove that you can't just throw names at social problems like these to make them go away. As I am all too well aware, living in the heart of Buckeye country, women pay a terrible price to pay when men's sports (especialy amateur sports) are glorified, and I am thankful when books like Benedict's emerge and help define the extent of such violence nationwide.
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3 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This is a joke, September 14, 2004
This review is from: Public Heroes, Private Felons: Athletes and Crimes Against Women (Paperback)
Questionable research and even more questionable conclusions. Singling out a single demographic group and making these kinds of generalizations is sickening. What about cops and crimes against women? Construction workers and crimes against women? Shameless and pathetic!
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4 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terribly misandristic, January 15, 2000
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I was very poorly impressed by the apparent sheer misandry that shines through in this work. Negative stereotypes about males in general and athletes in specific are the foundation of this work, which I did not find to be particularly well researched. It was not helpful in the slightest to me. I was terribly disappointed.
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Public Heroes, Private Felons: Athletes and Crimes Against Women
Public Heroes, Private Felons: Athletes and Crimes Against Women by Jeff Benedict (Paperback - April 8, 1999)
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