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Ceasefire!: Why Women and Men Must Join Forces to Achieve True Equality Hardcover – February 22, 1999
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Equally so, Cathy Young, a regular columnist for the Detroit News and contributor to Reason Magazine, is not likely to hit the recommended reading lists of those with a partisan interest in the exploitation male female differences. As the title Ceasfire! suggests, the gender war has gone too far and, as Young exhaustively documents within its covers, damaged too many innocents.
Says Young, "Things were simpler a decade ago, when there were just feminists and anti-feminists." But today there are two feminisms. One is 'equity' feminism; that is simply the commonsense call for equal rights and opportunities. Young is solidly in this camp. No problem there, but its radical counterpart, dubbed 'gender' feminism, defines itself in warlike terms against male oppression. Proclaiming victim status for women leads to a hoard of injustices, not only against men, but nearly as often against women.
Young doesn't suggest men and women are androgynous, but unlike suggestions of Mars and Venus, she places them both solidly on planet earth. They share substantially the same ability to wrong each other - and that they do.Read more ›
While the person who recommended the book to me is one whom I trust, I had some reservations about it as Young is affiliated with the Cato Institute, a conservative libertarian think tank. I was relieved to find that, while the book seems aimed at a conservative readership--there is a chapter dedicated to the mistakes of conservatives--by and large the book is a pretty safe analysis of contemporary feminists who are so dedicated to their status as victims that they've endorsed a veritable "paleo-sexism" as Young calls it. And this victimhood is, to me, the opposite of what feminism is supposed to be about! The feminists I've admired have insisted on claiming their own turf, on demanding their rights as citizens, not insisting that their rights are contingent upon their subservience to the omnipotent men.
Oh, and Young had the audacity to acknowledge that women too abuse their kids--and their spouses--much more than many a feminist or court is willing to acknowledge. Thank you, Ms. Young. If a man were to say the same thing, he'd be accused of bitter cynicism.Read more ›
Ms. Young's book merely serves to illustrate the price we are paying for the excesses of gender feminism, and provides some well reasoned thoughts on how to put things into better balance. If we do not do so, our sons are destined to become second class citizens in a world where they will be blamed for all that is evil and ignored for all that is good.
Ceasefire argues that a world like that is one none of us will be happy with...
Even those people who seem to want it so badly.
I personally do not understand how anybody could see anything in this book that has to do with promoting misogyny, rape, abuse, violence etc. In fact I challenge anybody to present one statement from this book that makes light of ONE of women's true woes. I defy anyone to state one provable lie i.e. untruth in all the facts Ms. Young has presented.
The thought to me of all the critics of this book is that they had already made up their minds before they read it. I mean, if I discover that, truly, only 1 in 1000000 foxes die of human cruelty every year and publish fact this when the Protect The Fox organisation says 400 in 1000000 die using faulty methods of research, am I then anti-fox?! Likewise, if rape rates are lower than NOW thinks, is it "pro-rape" to make known the lower number?
Tell me true, is it anti-woman to note that a father can often be just as good at taking care of the children as the mother? Is it anti-woman to tell the truth that a father is as important as a mother in a child's life? Is there any justification for the belief that a father is only as welcome in the child's life as the mother wants him to be? Is this not anti-child?
Ms. Young deals with issues that have brought the sexes into conflict in the past thirty years, fueled by agenda driven people (you may accuse me of being a rapist here, if you like) who are more dedicated to an ideology than the lives of the women they claim to represent.Read more ›
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From time to time, a book may be published which by rights should
be recognized as a flawed yet creative, courageous, well-documented
contribution to an issue of profound... Read more
Maybe Cathy will write a book one day about the REAL reason why victim ideologies have taken over.
Oh, wait, we don't need a book; here's the real reason: because... Read more
Yes, that's right, 'True Equality', not the pseudo variant that has been offered up by traditional feminism for so long. Read morePublished on March 19, 2008 by Michael
I agree with almost everything this book says about radical feminism. Of course, Ms Young is really just pointing out the obvious. Read morePublished on February 17, 2006 by Petros
Reading some of the other reviews for this book has reminded me of the complete absence of anything resembling rational thought found in the majority of humans, particularly those... Read morePublished on May 12, 2005 by Carrigan
Cathy Young's book and indeed the entire individualist feminist philosophy can be summarized in two sentences:
"Feminism has dehumanized men. Read more
Feminists are like the Khmer Rouge. They just want to destroy every man, whether or not he can read and write. Artists are the first to go. Read morePublished on September 16, 2002
I always read a book written by a woman about gender issues with a lot of caution and suspicion. And every man should approach this book the same way.Published on March 21, 2002 by Benny Wilkerson
Frankly,I find it hard to believe a woman wrote this book! Usually a woman author has nothing to offer but derogatory remarks about men and boys. Read morePublished on February 14, 2002 by Benny Wilkerson