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Why Men Love Bitches: From Doormat to Dreamgirl - A Woman's Guide to Holding Her Own in a Relationship Paperback – October 1, 2002


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 255 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media; 6th edition edition (October 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580627560
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580627566
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,146 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Contending that some women are "too nice," comedian and radio show host Sherry Argov has written Why Men Love Bitches: From Doormat to Dreamgirl-A Woman's Guide to Holding Her Own in a Relationship. "I'm not recommending that a woman have an abrasive disposition," Argov writes, "The woman I'm describing is kind yet strong. She doesn't give up her life, and she won't chase a man." Her sassy book is filled with scenarios and advice aimed at making women subtly stronger and self-empowered. Argov's principles, which range from the farfetched to the downright absurd, include "If you give him a feeling of power, he'll want to protect you and he'll want to give you the world" and "A little distance combined with the appearance of self-control makes him nervous that he may be losing you." The book, which has already been featured on The View and The O'Reilly Factor, should make waves with its controversial view of relationships.
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Review

"A self-help classic." --Daily Mail

"America's top relationship guide." --The Book Tribe

One of "The 10 Most Iconic Relationship Books of the Past Ten Years." --Yahoo!

"Men don't really go for 'nice.' They go for 'interesting.'" --Chicago Sun-Times

"We're talking about having so much self-respect, Aretha Franklin would high-five you." --Los Angeles Times

"The pejorative meaning of the word 'bitch' has been reclaimed... it means a strong, feisty woman who has moxie, and knows when to use it. A bitch is... sap free." --Pursuit Magazine

"[Argov is] talking about a strong woman. Someone who knows what she's doing in life. Someone who will share the load, but who will stand her ground." --Joy Behar, Co-host of The View

"Sherry Argov shows women how to transform a casual relationship into a committed one." --The Today Show

"The Best of Culture." --Esquire

"A hot book!" --Fox News Channel

"A must-read at Sunday brunch." --New York Daily News

"Why Men Love Bitches flew off the shelves.... Men thrive with women who can set boundaries and who push back when they try to cross the line." --Cosmopolitan

"An anti-whining manifesto that encourages women who feel like doormats to develop a sense of independence." --Playboy

"Ultimately Sherry Argov's message boils down to one of confidence and self respect, which, let's face it...it's the only sane way to go. In short...stay for the sage advice." --Glo MSN


More About the Author

Sherry Argov is the author of the bestselling Why Men Love Bitches. A frequent contributor to magazines such as Cosmopolitan, Playboy, and Esquire, she lives in California. For more information visit www.whymenlovebitches.com.

Customer Reviews

I found it an easy read, with good advice and helpful, practical information.
craiched
I really thought men were more appreciative of nice girls who didn't play games until I met a few guys who did exactly as this book warns!
R. D. Rosal
This book helped me to realize that there are men out there that can and will treat you with love and respect.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

325 of 347 people found the following review helpful By E. Tara Scurry on March 19, 2004
Format: Paperback
I've read a lot of relationship self help books including "The Rules". This books is excellent. This book is for those women who have, yes...been burned or who have a tendency to lose themselves in a relationship. If you've been with someone for years and everything is fine..then you don't need help. If you've a string of great relationships then you probably don't need this book either. Unfortunately for many women out there...they have been burned or have a tendency to bend over backwards for a man and lose their self respect for the sake of their relationship. This book is for these women. It can serve as a tool for internalizing positive messages and methods for not being conducive for trampling via feet.

Argov emphasies the time tested idea that you come first before anyone else. I've noticed that it is men who have given low marks to this book moreso than women. Once your read this book for yourself, you might see why. However, There are specific "tactics" she explains. It is far from trickery. And as even men have responded...her tactics work. Call them what you will, but there is little interaction between people which doesn't involve at least a little pre-planning, special manuvering, or cunning. Is this to say that when we read books about business...that those books are terrible because they use "trickery", manuvering and cunning to achieve company goals? Come on.

Someone else mentioned that they didn't agree with a chapter about "faking an orgasm". Don't listen to that. Obviously that person did not even read the book or is not very bright because in that chapter, Argov is cleary making fun of the concept. She writes "I don't recommend that a woman fake an orgasm. This little lesson is a satire on the pressures women feel to perform...
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2,364 of 2,622 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 23, 2004
Format: Paperback
As a man who read this book, I have a new understanding of how and why my last girlfriend acted the way she did. She must have read this book!
I have to say, I chased after her, just like the book says a man will do if you follow the rules it describes. But, (and this is a big BUT), eventually, I got tired of chasing her. Eventually I came to the huge realization that I didn't want to live the rest of my life this way, under her thumb, with her making all the rules for our relationship.
Women have put up with men that act this way, and it drives you crazy, doesn't it? Don't you hate it when a guy doesn't call and acts like other things are more important than you are? This book could just as well have been written for men, and been titled, "Why Women Love Jerks."
As I read this book, I thought that if everyone, men and women alike, followed the rules contained in it, this world would be full of a lot of single people. Mainly because it's all about one person in the relationship (in this case, women) acting aloof, not chasing men, and not showing men that they're afraid to lose them. If both sexes acted this way, no one would get in a relationship because both would never chase the other. (In the hopes that the other one will first. It's not going to happen!)
All in all, this book seems to be written for women who have been hurt badly in the past and don't want to be hurt (or at least show that they're hurt) again. Anyone who has ever had the good fortune to have been in a GOOD relationship would never think of treating their mate like Sherry Argov suggests.
I gave this book 2 stars, because what's in it WILL work. But if you have to use "trickery" like this to get a man to chase you, you'll get a relationship to match. It's better to be honest with one another. If it doesn't work out, then move on until you find that NICE person who will treat you right, "games" or not!
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435 of 493 people found the following review helpful By L. Power TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 1, 2006
Format: Paperback
Firstly, in this book BITCH means Babe In Total Control Of Herself.

She gives you priciples not 'rules' to transform from ignored or taken for granted doormat to relentlessly pursued dreamgirl, who is independent, strong, and not needy.

Initially, I wondered if Sherry is a guy, because she is so onto us. To her credit she did interview many men, to get these deep insights. In fact she has compiled our secret playbook.

I wonder if it is a good thing to have too many of our deep secrets in female hands, because it forces us to change our lazy relationship ways.

There is a self improvement principle - you teach people how to treat you. So do what you have always done, and get what you always got, or teach them how to treat you right.

So when Sherry suggests, acting a little aloof at first, this may seem counterintuitive, but it works. Staying out of relationship mode for a while, bypasses our natural defenses, and it works. Not giving away your personal power by being too much of a pleaser works. Communicating succinctly, I like that one.

Probably the most important lesson from this book is the importance of communication. A woman who calls a guy on his behavior, is showing several powerful things, she demonstrates higher value by not accepting bad behavior, she is not afraid to convey her feelings even if this might offend the guy, she is not timid and unassertive, she keeps the lines of communication honest, and open.

You will win some and lose some by following the advice in this book. Following this advice too rigidly will not work. It is a matter of finding a balance, and using what works for you. Think of this book as training wheels.
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