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The Disposable Male: Sex, Love, and Money: Your World through Darwin's Eyes Paperback – September 28, 2007
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"Fascinating ... engagingly written ... and highly accessible. A very impressive accomplishment. -- David M. Buss, Ph.D., author of The Evolution of Desire
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From an intellectual standpoint, it is extremely thought provoking, controversial and thoroughly researched. While I don't agree with everything Gilbert says, he presents good arguments for his point of view.
A lot of the information contained within the pages of this book can be found elsewhere. For example, much of it is presented in books by David Buss. On the other hand, the perspective is unique and the story telling is first rate without sacrificing content. It is like a Mozart sonata in the sense that the notes are the same as other music, but the way it is all put together makes it very special.
I also like the emphasis on the direction our culture is taking and what the implications are to both sexes. There is also an emphasis on what it means to be a male now and where things seem to be headed. This is all presented in an evolutionary context and the author makes powerful use of contrasting our evolutionary heritage with the realities of modern demands.
Even if you are familiar with the work of David Buss or other similar content, I think you will enjoy this book. It was difficult for me to put down and I already had most of the information in it under my belt.
Surprisingly, I found this book informative, intelligent, articulate, easy and entertaining to read, introspective, and astonishing in regard to celebrating gender. Gilbert infuses opinion but backs it up with fact. You will find yourself bristling in places and cheering in others as Gilbert reveres both male and female for what we biologically are.
Gilbert calls this a "how-come" book, not a "how-to" book, which is why I believe I found it so fascinating. He takes millions of years of evolution and transcribes it all into today's societal groupings, along with kudos and warnings for the directions humankind has taken along our evolutionary pathways. Nor does he condescend religion, although he categorizes it contrary to my personal belief. One of the more interesting facts is how today's youth is the least prepared in history for reaching adult goals.
In a nutshell, 'The Disposable Male' is a wake-up call of family values, not from a religious standpoint but from an evolutionary standpoint, reaffirming that bringing back the family is not just a right-wing religious fantasy or weapon to be used in politics. Darwin meets religion, and they shake hands and get along.
Are their evolutionary forces at work behind the denigration of our society, the high levels of depression, the soulless march of self-entitlement? Are we advancing our minds or denying our biology?Read more ›
I found the best part of the book to be the second section, in which Gilbert summarizes much research regarding innate human behavior relating to gender, romantic pairing, work, and child raising. While I found little of this information new, Gilbert does an admirable job of presenting it in non-technical language for general readers. Unfortunately, his complete avoidance of citation makes it impossible to check the accuracy or reliability of his points. He also tends to overlook facts that would not be supportive of his general thesis that women should be pregnant and raising babies while men are out gathering resources for the family. For example, after summarizing various statistics about how pregnancy and childbirth reduce risk factors for certain cancers, he states "Early pregnancy, multiple pregnancies, and breastfeeding are simply healthy. Childbirth carries risk, of course, but so does crossing the street or taking an aspirin. Not giving birth seems riskier still." Phew! I guess he's never heard of the term "maternal mortality.Read more ›
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Considering how much men and women have worked at communicating in the 21st century and the strides made at equality in the home and workplace, it seems the ultimate goal for... Read morePublished on June 3, 2014 by uno
Bitter old man laments cultural shifts, loss of male privilege and power. Idiotic rants with no substantive research to back it up. Skip it.Published on January 2, 2014 by Ché Orion Cheff
It gave me information I wasn't aware of, and was very well written. Good research by the author. Buy it and learn a lot.Published on December 12, 2013 by Mike g
Author gave a talk at our school and seems to come from the "old school" of "one man/one woman", failed to understand that gender relations evolve through time,... Read morePublished on March 17, 2013 by Anthony
Feminism and liberalism are destroying the American Family? Seriously, that's what Gilbert concludes. Read morePublished on July 16, 2012 by 420funk
Mr. Gilbert uses information from studies (that have no footnotes) to imply a causation that there is simply not evidence for. Read morePublished on October 2, 2011 by Katherine R Brown
This is a great book that I recently finished reading. I have read several books on the subject of EP and have found them all very informative. Read morePublished on September 14, 2010 by Charleston,SC
I finished this book yesterday, but today nothing has stuck to the wall of my memory. It's lack of footnotes and citation of sources makes it appear to be more of a political... Read morePublished on August 26, 2009 by W. Reynolds
This is a witty and informative look at life from the perspective of evolution. It's loaded with interesting ideas and lots of "ah ha!" moments. Read morePublished on August 18, 2009 by Arlene S.