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The Cultural Devastation of American Women: The Strange and Frightening Decline of the American Female (and her dreadful timing)

3.8 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-1424133901
ISBN-10: 1424133904
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 185 pages
  • Publisher: PublishAmerica (July 24, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1424133904
  • ISBN-13: 978-1424133901
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,924,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a tough review to write.

On the one hand, I like Nancy Levant as a person, at least from what I saw in these pages. I like it that it is her that is offering an indictment of American women; I have seen more than enough men's commentary for the time being. I also like her personal style, to the extent that her writing reflects it.

It is a real shame, however, that the book is not more well written. It appears to have been published without the benefit of an editor; in fact, there is even a publisher's disclaimer at the beginning that the author refused editing. The book is riddled with grammatical and spelling mistakes (homonyms) that her spell checker didn't catch. Furthermore, her style is painfully unfocused and inflammatory. She does her target audience - critics of feminism - a real disservice by presenting her case in such a fashion.

I would like to see a more competent author collaborate with Nancy Levant on a second edition. It's a message that needs to be delivered, written so that more will actually read it.
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Nancy speaks the plain truth: American Women are killing themselves and their families over their complete selfishness. We wonder why our community's children act out as they do and we can clearly see that the root of their demise is due to their mothers' (and fathers') self-interests. Being a feminist doesn't mean that we need to ignore and destroy our children's lives.

All women AND men should read this book, to get a clear understanding of the past and how they can change their lives. We worry about the world's environment; yet we neglect our human and cultural environment. Such neglect will damage the human race beyond compare. It would be a travesty to have a beautiful world but have incompetent human relations.

Nancy, thank you for clearly demonstrating how we as American women need to wake-up and take back our feminine power while strengthening our children. I bought your book for my Grandfather who, at age 88, has seen a lot. He completely agrees with your words...American women need to look at the past and re-plant themselves so that they have strong roots for America's future.
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I enjoyed reading the book, but had mixed feelings. It was more of a validation then anything else. The very people who need to be explosed to these concepts (i.e. to open their eyes) are the very people who will NOT read this book, and if it was given to them by somebody to enlighten them, they would likely scoff at it (as the author indicates)

Firstly, it was a very good summary of the problem with American women. (Actually women all over the modern world exhibit similar problems). I especially related to the chapter "The mental Illness of Beauty". Most people think I'm nuts when I give my opinion that when women focus on beauty over all else, they corrupt their souls - subconcounsly defining themselves by external factors defined by the corporate media/glamour driven world (a certain look, clothese, attitude, etc.). They then subconcoiusly expect their mates to have the same values, and to have the equivalent external look on the male side. This then has the effect of subordinating important things like values, intelligent, passion, curiosity, etc -- all the things that really make up human. It's nice to know I'm not alone.

One thing about the book that at first really annoyed me, is that the author's view of men seems to be that we are mostly all the same - shallow, childish, etc. I'm sick of getting categorized in with all the other idiot men out there. I can't stand most men for those very reasons, and I'm not like most of them. And I unfairly suffer as a result that most women think I'm like most men -- because I'm a man. Especially if I exhibit Alpha Male characteristics, which I do, but they have no concept of my level of complexity and capability for compassion, because we have been programmed to put people into buckets.
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In this book, Nancy Levant extends a compassionate rebuke to the American mother and career woman. Drawing upon her experience as a daycare professional, she offers insight into the thoughts, feelings, and diets of America's children in daycare - all of which have suffered because of the woman's repudiation of the traditional role of motherhood.

"Mommy says Daddy is an idiot."
"Dad says mommy should cook dinner for us."
"Dad is never home."
"Daddy says mommy is never home."
"When's mom coming?"
"When's dad coming?"
"Why are they always late?"
"Did mommy forget to get me?"
"If they don't come, can I stay with you?"

Repeatedly quoting her daycare children, Levant opens a window into the family life of the contemporary household, and the contemporary woman who makes it. The perspective provided is unique and rare, as it is one that is seen through the eyes of the child.

Humbly acknowledging her own failures as wife and parent, the author frankly speaks very directly to the women of America. She asserts women have largely rebelled against the traditional roles of mother and housewife, as these roles have been redefined by society and the media as repressive. While extolling the virtues of female liberation, she asserts, "The empowerment of women did come at a cost..."

Levant lambastes the modern "entitlement" attitude that is so prevalent today and that is heavily promoted by Hollywood and television entertainment news shows. It is this attitude, she believes, that has become a staple of the American female psyche, to the detriment of her family. "The difference between the upper and middle-class, is that the former spends other people's money to create wealth for themselves. We spend our money to mimic them.
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