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'A provokative, runaway bestseller.' Newsweek'Extraordinary... a vigorous answer to Women's Lib.' The Times'No one escapes her icy scrutiny.' The New York Times

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Pinter & Martin Ltd; 3rd edition (January 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905177178
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905177172
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,045 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The best evidence for this is the fact that single men do less housework than single women.
V. E. Lane
I'll be a lot more willing to believe what women say about how the world treats them, when they stop completely ignoring what men's lives are like.
Michael J. Gauthier
She makes some excellent points, and it's hard not to read this book without reviewing your prior considerations about the fairer sex.

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153 of 160 people found the following review helpful By Peter Kubiak on December 19, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the most enlightening books I've ever read. Esther Vilar is one of the few women who dare to criticize their own sex and the way feminism is going. But she makes clear that she *does* want women to be emancipated - as long as they are willing to accept responsibilities the way men do. Vilar is able to explain why discrimination against women in the professional world is women's own fault: the pay cheque of a man who is prepared to support his wife for years is more valuable and necessary than the pay cheque of a woman who won't support a man and who insists on a money-earning husband.
Quote: "The 'woman with a family' - the woman who supports a healthy man and his children all her life - is practically unknown in the professional world. Who should be held responsible for this situation: employer or woman?" (to be found in the last but one chapter, the one about Women's Lib)
It may seem impolite when I say it, but it's a plain fact that most women only marry men who want to earn money and that women - at the same time - have the nerve to say that no man wants to stay at home anyway...
It's also a plain fact that Esther Vilar has been the victim of censorship (however "unofficial" censorship it may be): in the most important Western country, the U.S., The Manipulated Man has been removed from many libraries, most of her other work is not even sold in English. TV stations, magazines and papers in most Western countries constantly ignore everything Esther Vilar writes and says. Coincidence? Besides, there are many people on the Internet who claim that they've read her books, but deliberately tell lies about her books: e.g. they say that Vilar is old-fashioned and that she wants women to stay at home - a simple lie.
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111 of 115 people found the following review helpful By Bernard Chapin on September 1, 2005
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I first heard about this book while reading Fitzgerald's Sexploitation. It was so old that I did not even bother to put it on my wish list. Then, as the years went by, I talked to more and more men who treasured The Manipulated Man. One fellow even went so far as to pdf the initial edition and distribute it among to his friends. As a result of the accolades, I realized that I had to read the work for myself. All I can say is that I'm surprised it turned out to be as good as it is. Yes, it is too severe in some of its observations, but not as much as Sexploitation was. Villar, even when she overstates, makes far more accurate points about men and women than our media ever do. There is more truth in this slim volume than in all of the collected episodes of Oprah Winfrey. That women favor a material existence devoted to enhancing their own security and accentuating pleasure seems to be undeniable based on my life experience. It is a reality of which Villar makes us completely aware. Also, men really do evaluate women from an equal perspective which is the cause of considerable unhappiness to us. It is inconceivable, from our vantage point, that there are women out there who actually prefer shopping to sex, but that is no doubt often the case.

On just about every second page of this book, the author makes a profound insight. Therefore, I encourage you to take the time to read it. As you do, I'm sure you will wonder, just as did I, about the amount the hell Villar must have caught given the year in which it was originally released. Nothing as potent or virile, in regards to the social transcendence of women, ever before appeared. To Esther Villar, as a man, I say thank you. We are heavily in your debt.
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90 of 96 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 29, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I urge men to read this book. It contains so many incredible nuggets of truth about the way things are today. When I finished it, I could feel so much 'conditioning' falling away from me. It put into words feelings I had only half-grasped, such as:

1. Knowing that I did not deserve the denigrating "all men are(...)" tone which so many women speak with these days.
2. Being told I 'should be happy' in a job, when I knew I was not.
3. Feeling ill-treated by women who I had shown lots of respect and kindness to.
4. Feeling that female friendship is paper-thin and is dropped in a callous, cold-hearted instant.
5. Being made to feel terrible by some women's manipulative, false tears and hysterics.
6. Being made to feel that material goods were incredibly important, when I actually felt that friendship, conversation, ideas, sociability, discovery and thinking are the important things in life.

Society has evolved the way it has, with two roles, Breadwinner and Childcarer. Women find themselves with the Childcarer role, like that role, and want to keep it. The question is: how much do men enjoy the Breadwinner role in today's rather brutal capitalist system? - in the "Iron Cage" as sociologist Max Weber called it. Vilar raises men's consciousness of the fact that they are stuck with the worst role in life.
And to say "That's just the way things are" is a lie, a cop-out, and simply lazy thinking. Forget all old ways of doing things; we must make the future we want.

If your heart leaps with joy on Monday morning, you don't need this book. Otherwise, you do need it.

Thankyou, Ms Vilar, this is such a brave book. I still love women, but I am also much stronger and more aware of what is going on. I will enjoy my freedom so much more now!
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