on March 29, 2006
The Amazon reviews of this book are perplexing. Either five stars or one? Is it really that polarizing? I read this book, cover to cover, and can honestly say that it's got some good points, some bad points, and some controversial points. One reviewer claims that the scholarship is poor, which is patently untrue; it has copious endnotes and each direct quote is scrupulously documented. Some of the arguments, such as in the wage gap chapter, ARE a bit weak. However, the logic of the Title IX chapter (that non-sports-playing female monority applicants are actually disadvantaged by Title IX in favor of those seeking positions on sports teams) is extremely compelling and should make anyone who is serious about academics uncomfortable with our university system.
Whether you agree or disagree with the premise of this book, PLEASE at least take the time to read it. Most of the reviews here are uninformed polemics and don't help to further rational dialogue.
on April 15, 2006
So many people who rate this book as one star claim that Kate is attacking those women who, in the not so distant past, fought rightly for women's equality and that somehow Kate is `stuck in the 50s'. They have not read the book, or refuse to acknowledge the facts, continuing their hypocritical argument that modern feminism is about equality.
Modern day feminism, of course, has nothing to do with equality. It seeks more to elevate women's privileges, rights and interests above and beyond that of what men receive. None of Kates topics are from a time period anywhere near the 50s and I felt the book, and some of its reviews, show how some women are becoming worse than men ever were. These women blatantly discriminate, think they have a right to do so, and are proud of it. There is a big gap between the women's rights movement of the 40s 50s and 60s and of modern day feminism. The negative reviews this book receives has shown how many feminists continue to link today's movement with yesteryears and, somehow, that makes them automatically righteous. These women deserve their own chapter in Kates book `Women who make the world worse'.
It is not difficult to see the effect that these women have had on society. Kate structures her book well and tackles each example with solid, researched information. Government legislation, biased family courts, ignorance towards lagging performance in schools of boys and the feminization of the military, sports, workplace and justice system. The idiocy over the Harvard `incident' was my favorite chapter, illustrating how some women will not accept that men may be better at some things than women, but applaud women who excel beyond boys in a women focused education, work and political system. There's lots of money and jobs out there for women who cry foul when they don't get their own way. Kate is able to highlight just what modern feminists have to lose should men ever get equality. Harvard has been forced to put forward $50 million to fund a new equality department which, headed by a staunch feminist no doubt, will justify it own existence and secure its own funding based on perpetuating female oppression, whether it occurs or not.
Kate does not tackle all of modern feminisms double standards, there certainly are plenty more of them out there, but she does an excellent job of identifying and analyzing the ones that have the most effect on our society. I am glad that some women have a good grasp on the facts of modern day feminism and are able to separate the differences between feminism and equality so effectively. Kate is highlighting not how far women have come, but how far some women have gone. It gives hope for equality....some day.
There is a saying amongst mens rights groups. `Reverse a gender issue and see if it would still be tolerated'. Would women tolerate the treatment men receive in society today?
Of course not. That would be discrimination, wouldn't it?
on April 18, 2006
Judging by the many one-star reviews, this book has touched a very sore nerve. It is a sad fact of current society that such a well-written, well-researched, and reasonable book elicits emotional attacks from many who seem not to have actually read it. Many people dislike unpleasant facts that contradict their chosen dogmas. Modern feminism is in many ways a secular religion whose adherents abhor anything critical(factual or otherwise)of their raison d'etre. O'Beirne exposes them for what they are. If you are interested in a fact-based exposition of feminism, I highly recommend this book.
on March 7, 2006
Kate O'Beirne writes for the National Review. Whatever your opinion on women's rights, she is articulate. If the book had a less insulting cover, maybe more people might check it out and agree with at least some of her views. The gist of her argument is that men and women are meant to complement one another. She does not want to see hostility between the sexes, but rather peaceful and harmonious coexistence. Certainly, there has been no shortage of abuse of women all over the world and over many centuries. However, there are many good and worthy men deserving of respect.
The author centers on the more radical theorists among feminist academics to illustrate her point. Many of these women attack men in the classroom and berate "the patriarchy." She argues that, since women have the ability to bear children, they have to make choices that men do not. This carries into some interesting discussions about comparable worth and whether women have made strides in their careers and compensation versus men. O'Beirne interviews women who were devoted to their careers and others who were more family oriented. She believes that the only reason women, on average, make less than men is because they choose to leave the work force to bear children.
on April 10, 2006
I almost didn't buy this book because of the most recent reviews. (I hadn't gone back to the previous reviews, if I had I would have not hesitated in purchasing it.) Someone said that it was poorly researched without supporting documentation of information or quotes - wrong. There is research data galore, 19 pages to be exact. Another reviewer accused her of attacking the women (feminists) who made her success possible - wrong again. Women have had a long history of writing and publishing before O'beirne's targeted group joined feminist forces, probably before they were born. Other women, as well as men, were responsible for the changes there.
What O'beirne has done is shown were feminism has gone wrong. That's where the "radical" (from another reviewer) comes in. I have read enough feminist information to know that O'beirne is not portraying that group inaccurately, but she does disagree and proves the foundation of why she feels so and why it should be important to society as a whole.
I thought this book was going to be about bashing particular women which I wasn't interested in (that was one of my hesitations, aided by the illustration on the cover.) This wasn't. It was researched and documented like any other topic would be. She used others, males and females, words, examples, and experiences to support her point of view. That is the right way to do it.
PS. Why has Amazon chosen to put 2 one-star (negative) reviews in it's "Spotlight Review" when the overwhelming reader reviews for the book show 4 - 5 (positive) stars? Interesting.
on April 14, 2006
Apparently, a huge number of people, in an attempt to artificially degrade this book's overall rating in Amazon's reader review section, have submitted one-star ratings for "Women
Who Make the World Worse" without reading the book - in fact there are websites that recommend this tactic. Once again the Left, when it can't win in an honest debate, resorts to deceit and manipulation, a point which Kate O'Beirne brings up in her book. It's legitimate, and understandable, especially given the author's combative style, for liberals to refuse to read her book - there are plenty of books by left-wing writers that I couldn't stand to read myself. What is not acceptable is for them to abuse the forum that Amazon provides for honest criticism. Don't read the book - fine. But if you want to review the book, at least read it first. Don't poison the marketplace of ideas.
O'Beirne's withering contempt for radical feminism is obvious
on almost every page but with the mountain of well-documented
evidence and historical fact she marshals, that contempt is richly deserved. Her chapters on institutional day care, the
radicals' anti-family agenda, women in the military and college
sports and other key issues are well worth the read, but what should be especially eye-opening was her demonstration of how modern-day feminists have systematically lied about the ideas and goals of their early 20th-century forebears in the service of their pro-abortion, anti-family agenda. One can, as I do, be in favour of a woman's right to choose to end a pregnancy (subect to reasonable regulation). But we are also obliged to engage the issue honestly and fairly. Moreover, those who oppose abortion on principle deserve a lot more tolerance from the pro-choice side than they've gotten up to now.
The radical feminists' bad-faith caterwauling aside, the life
choices of all women, whether to become traditional homemakers or
leaders in business and public affairs, should be respected and
honoured. No one has made this case better than Kate O'Beirne.
on May 15, 2006
insightful, what a girl needs to read. Too long we've pandered to women who claim sufferage due to events in history experienced by other women long before today's self proclaimed misandry feminist were born.
Every girl needs to read this to avoid becoming entraped by these predatorial feminist, and every boy should read it to recognize who not to trust.
on April 19, 2006
For far too long, Feminists have had a blank slate to make whatever nauseating, outrageous, unsupported claims they pleased aided by the mainstream media. From stay-at-home Moms to equal pay and on, Kate O'Beirne's excellent read lays waste to much of the claptrap that NOW and other leftists have been troweling out for years.
on January 18, 2006
"In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." George Orwell.
Well done Kate O'Beirne. The hateful veil of 'toxic male / pure and wronged female' fantasy that has been allowed to smother every aspect of human life throughout most western cultures for nearly half a century is becoming increasingly transparent to a large and growing number of people. Men and women. This book advances that vital process.
Feminism is evil and wrong and as such is destined to be defeated by the passage of time alone. History has repeatedly demonstrated that any quasi-religious creed that has attempted to deny and redefine the essence of humanity is doomed from the outset. And those creeds that allow extremism and hatred to become their primary gospel often end up creating and realising the very antithesis of the unrealisable dreams that the multitudes of people, who are its disturbed and brainwashed disciples, have been fooled into believing in. Books like "Women Who Make the World Worse" help speed up that process of inevitable defeat. Thus contributing both to limiting the amount of damage caused and lessening the often savage momentum of the pendulum of pain, conscience and anger as it swings back from the lofty roost of extremism.
Living in the United Kingdom I received the book three days ago. It is not a literary masterpiece, but it is fascinating and, most importantly, it is an icon of timeless, objective truth. Highly recommended to all.
on April 5, 2006
O'Beirne spares no one from her well justified skewering wrath. Women who are held by some in virtual icon status are examined, dissected, and exposed for all to see as the flailing insect-intellects they are.
What is exceptional about the book is its explanation of how these charlatans have been able to do so much damage to society with so little personal cost to themselves. There is a brilliant insight here --that the truly evil acts of those who are "politically correct" are done at great cost and harm to others, and society at large, but the perpetrators are never held to account.
A book like this is a good start. It has been interesting watching the squirming denials and rebuttals from the left, all of which ring as hollow as the craniums of the women on parade in O'Beirn's novel.
A great read, and well worth the time.