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11 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on December 1, 2006
Format: Paperback
I like parts of this book. But I do agree with Old Pholophier that Bonewtis makes way to many exesues for pagan women and their bad behavior. For Pagan women to be abusive toward their brothers is to continue the abuse and what victory have you WON if you do not deal with your own demons. None. The book gives me the impression that men need to be subservent to women. But is that not what the Monotheitic relgion religons do to women? Is not Bonewits asking men to do the same thing? When does it stop? The Pagan path is a empowerment path and it comes from within. Not at the expence of others.
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14 of 46 people found the following review helpful
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Isaac Bonewits' view of "real men" is hardly one that I would accept. Throughout his book on Pagan men Bonewits turns away from the voices of pagan men and substitutes his own 1960s liberal "male-feminist" views. Several times he mentions doing interviews with pagan men while gathering research for this book. Several times he mentions that the pagan men he interviewed report having problems with pagan women. Instead of listening to the apparently universal complaints of pagan men, Bonewits excuses pagan women by blaming the men for all the negative abuse they report having suffered in relationships with pagan women. Bonewits's perspective becomes clear on page 214 when he sums up his thoughts by claiming that a "real man" is a feminist. Can we compare "feminist" to the pagan men throughout history, King Hamarabi, Eric the Red, Attila the Hun, Alexander the Great, and the thousands of real men who rode with them? Were any of them, real historical pagan men, feminists?

Bonewits includes quotes from some elder pagan men, those who were leaders and innovators of paganism decades ago, men of Bonewits' generation, men who have lived with and survived decades of female dominated pagan groups and gatherings. Yes, they have something worth saying, but so too do the many men whose voices Bonewits ignores, and whom he blames for their reported abuse by pagan women. On the whole I was left with the conclusion that Bonewits really has little clue about being manly, and is out of his league writing about pagan men. Does a real man take artificial protein supplements from a health food store? Nope. Real men eat real meat and get all the protein we need. I feel sorry for the years of suffering Bonewits has gone through from the crippling effects of contaminated supplements he took in the early 1990s, but would a real man have been taking them in the first place? At one place he also mentions having lost a couple of decades to various recreational drugs. Does someone with a history of "male-feminism," kowtowing to female dominance, losing decades to illegal addictive drugs, and eating a diet poor enough to need protein supplements have the background to tell real men about being a warrior, hunter, drummer, or how to be a real man?

I would suggest that pagan men read John Norman's book "Outlaw of Gor" before reading this female pandering attempt by Bonewits. Pagan men need a hero to reawaken their respect for themselves, as in Norman's fictional account. Unfortunately Bonewits' book on pagan men is not that reawakening.
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