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The other 50% of the population will find it crass,
This review is from: Why Women Should Rule the World (Hardcover)
"Why women should rule the world" is a book where men get made fun at, poked, insulted, challenged and disrespected. In the beginning I had high hopes with this book, having heard NPR reviews and even on the Colbert Report, where Dee Dee pushed forward the argument of shared responsibility (both men and women ruling the world), but after reading the first 15 pages disillusionment set in.
While exhalting women's different virtues, which includes the ability to read people's emotions and levels of comfort, she seems to have forgo that same rule herself when applying to the "other" gender that might read her book and instead launched forward a series of deep-end attacks on the male constituency, doing very little to remedy what Dee Dee is trying to fix. At others I don't think Dee Dee delves enough into her arguments to convince certain readers, her conclusions, while not quite invalid are so far-removed from the premises that it needs more explanation than one sentence.
At other parts, her reading feels confused. On one end (pg 69) Dee Dee creates the premise that there isn't that much difference in intelligence between men and women, but by the end of the chapter she's quoting Brizendine which says that women have "outstanding verbal agility, the ability to connect depply in friendship, and nearly psychic capacity to read faces and tone of voice for emotions and states of mind, the ability to defuse conflict..."
At other her book shows a nice cautionary tale of what is to be the First Women Press Secretary. The book feels is carrying a developing story on her memoirs as press secretary that need to be nurtured out.
In all, after reading Dee Dee's book as a "man" , is a wonder that I can walk straight, read, be socially adept, and actually attract someone from the opposite sex. My main issue is that even though her intentions are good, and she is definitively right in that there is a lot of injustice being done to women, her tone and prose leaves the "male" readership alienated. My guess is that Dee Dee's tone encourages women to stand together, but that same tone deepens the divisions she's trying to overcome.
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Initial post: Jun 10, 2008 3:03:07 PM PDT
"Why women should rule the world" is a book where men get made fun at, poked, insulted, challenged and disrespected. Step into our shoes, my friend. Women have received the very treatment that you complain about since the beginning of time. Perhaps it's your "time of the month" and you should be excused.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 13, 2008 5:24:37 AM PDT
Amazon Customer says:
Lucinda, you do not counter centuries of sexism with counter-sexism. You counter sexism by setting examples. Your contempt disgusts me and demonstrates your own lack of understanding of the consequences of sexism. I can assure you that your militant pro-woman / anti-male ideology will not lead to the empowering of women. It will backfire and the result will be a counter-culture who will oppose your goals, noble as they might be, and set you back farther than you were before.
Thank you to the reviewer for not hesitating to speak out against anti-male bias that has seeped into our culture.
Posted on Oct 24, 2008 12:22:06 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 4, 2009 12:25:29 PM PST
Andre Lieven says:
So, your reply to sexism against women is to revel in sexism against MEN. That alone shows exactly why women should NOT "rule the world", because such an attitude shows that you view women as ready for revenge, rather than ready to behave fairly and responsibly towards all people.
Oh, you might look up the statistics of the sinking of the Titanic: http://www.anesi.com/titanic.htm
You will see that even 3rd class women outsurvived 1st class men. Not to mention that ALL classes of women outsurvived 3rd class CHILDREN. And, this at a time when the so called "patriarchy" was at it's zenith, yet men DIED so that women could LIVE.
Thats the truth of the history of men and women throughout all of time. It's past time for women to get off of their high horses and start to acknowledge that they have always had the better position in life. Quick, how many women died in Vietnam or in the trenches of Verdun ?
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Excellent Andre! I recall once seeing Dee Dee being interviewed by Sean Hannity. Having been Press Secretary for Clinton, I thought she would hold her own if not better against Hannity, but whenever Hannity asked her a question, she could not respond logically and ultimately sounded like a high school girl in the principal's office. She strikes me as someone who has made a career out of playing on people's emotions - she's an expert demogogue. When not challenged, they get alot of popular support, but when it comes time for them to provide truth for their positions, you feel they want to run away. It comes as no surprise then that supporters of Dee Dee cannot see that the premise of her book is about sexism all while she complains of the very same.
Posted on Mar 29, 2009 3:24:39 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 8, 2009 12:51:18 PM PDT
Aleksandar Novkovski says:
Here's a wise saying most of us learn by the time we're eightyearsold.... **two wrongs don't make a right**
Guess what, men have been insulted, poked, challenged and disrespected since the beginning of time as well. Its part of being alive. Its not a gender issue, its a class issue.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 8, 2009 12:56:04 PM PDT
Aleksandar Novkovski says:
Quick couchbum, how many women invented life-saving or life-changing inventions.
Its very easy to prove men are evil. Just list the 100 worst people in history, most of them are men.
Its also easy to prove men are angelic. Just list the 100 best people in history, most of them are men.
The "how many women started a war" argument is a moot one.
Posted on Jul 8, 2009 4:05:27 PM PDT
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