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Product Details

  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Inc.; 1st edition (September 14, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595443605
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595443604
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,267,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Bernard Chapin is a Chicago writer and school psychologist whose work addresses politics, culture, and the relations between the sexes. He is the author of Escape from Gangsta Island: A School?s Progressive Decline.

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Chapins book is neither conservative nor liberal.
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I highly recommend this book for an eye opening experience.
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This book is well written, logical and straight-forward.
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46 of 57 people found the following review helpful By William A. Mayer on January 28, 2008
Format: Paperback
"Women: Theory and Practice" is Bernard Chapin's third work [see our review of his excellent second work, "Escape From Gangsta Island - A School's Progressive Decline" - [...] The book has been long-awaited by the many fans of Chapin's numerous previous columns detailing his views on sexual politics.

Among other things, Chapin is a culture warrior whose observations carry a sense of precision often lacking in other authors who write within that genre. That is perhaps because of his training as a psychologist, but it might just be that he is extraordinarily acute and perceptive.

His current work, as the title suggests is about how the women's revolution especially the radical feminist movement, which has and continues to poison the relationship between men and women. He does this on two levels, one theoretical, in which the intellectual underpinnings of what feminism has come to represent are dissected and then skewered, and the second experiential, illustrating how women constructed along these lines function within a culture that has become outwardly at least, female-centric.

The author carefully demonstrates that the changes that women have undergone, mirror similar changes in society in general, tracing both back to the generational tumult of the 1960s.

Starting with the chapter, "The Fairer Sex" Chapin describes the process whereby women have been transformed into a mythical construct not supportable by either reason or biology, calling it "genitalia mongering," a marketing program which has resulted in non-authentic gender roles and consequently a prodigious amount of misery for both men and women.

Chapin treads on some of the same ground that Roger Kimball has explored, and here I am thinking of his, "Rape of the Masters," however what Mr.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Steven C. Deluca on October 20, 2007
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Bernard Chapins latest book isn't for those who have moved beyond racism, but are still hung up on "gender profiling" where if the same crime is committed by a male or female, it's the male that pays the heavier price. For those who are careful about: racial bigotry, sexism towards women, or Gay or Jew bashing, but still think it's cute to trash men, you may want to start with a different book "Big Sister: How Extreme Feminism Has Betrayed the Fight for Sexual Equality" by Neil Boyd, a feminist man who once headed a sexual harassment tribunal. It took Boyd a long time, evidently, to recognize what Chapin knew intuitively years earlier: we were warned about "Big Brother" when is was "Big Sister" who would end up planting a knife in our backs. "Big Sister" would be a bridge from what you should have known all along, to the more aggessive book "Women: Theory and Practice" a book all young men should read before before dating and marriage.

For those of us who sensed the hatred of men from behind the icy snear of feminist women, despite their assertions that they only wanted laws for themselves that applied to men (without the responsibilities of men of course) or even if you are positive that women are angels and men are pigs, but you are open to balancing out your feminist reading list, then go straight to Chapin's book and buy a copy for a friend for Christmas. (I bought six) Chapin beams us right up to the year 2007 where for the crime of being born with a penis men are bashed weekly by academics, journalists and the courts. Bernard knows that bashing either gender harms both. Until feminist women "get it" about that truth, equality will just be a slogan and the gender war will continue.
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28 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Ed on July 9, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book is a must-read for any man considering marriage to a woman who spent her formative years in Western civilization.

If I could select but one word to describe this work, it would be `sincerity.'

Mr. Chapin has offered his insights on the prevailing conditions between the sexes not because he wishes to slight anyone, nor because he enjoys the unbridled ire of women, but out of a sincere desire to help his fellow man. And help he does, as he illuminates the often unconscious psychological conditioning in Western men and women, and how this conditioning often causes us, especially women, to act in ways that contradict our own best interests on many levels.

The theme is that a discrepancy exists between the way in which women are rumored to function and the way in which they actually do. Mr. Chapin goes about proving this splendidly, and leaves no angle uncovered and no quarter for doubt. Radical Feminism's Big Lie is not merely exposed, but stripped, peeled, abraded, sandblasted, pulverized, shredded, and torched. Perhaps this is why I simply could not put it down - I'm unaccustomed to receiving such a barrage of truth on this topic.

The author illuminates the problems of institutionalized misandry and the inconsistencies easily discernable under the surface of the culturally-immersed notions of male inferiority and female superiority. Women are not, in fact, oppressed in the West. The culture and the courts make erroneous and often contradictory assumptions about men, incorrectly attribute their relational instincts to inferior decision-making ability, and display bias against them.
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