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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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In The Disposable Male, Michael Gilbert takes on the important questions in lifewho we fall in love with and why, how we feel about sex, marriage, family and careerexposing the deep and fundamental underlying forces that continue to shape the pivotal issues of vital concern to us all. In the early chapters, the author frames an evolutionary perspective for readers with an entertaining, informative, and original look at how we humans got here before deploying this unique and powerful lens in a searching examination of our modern, high-tech world. Bold, irreverent, funny and thought-provoking, The Disposable Male will provide you with fresh and penetrating insights, and valuable tips for dealing with the issues that matter so much in our hectic contemporary lives. It will have you looking at your world in new and exciting ways.
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This book belongs to the bourgeoning genre of "masculinist" literature, a genre that argues that men, and consequently society as a whole, have become the victims of the agenda of radical feminists (I guess that would be me). The author tries to "seduce" women into accepting a passive and submissive role by telling us we have the moral high ground, that we women, with our lofty goals of marriage and motherhood, tame the savage (and very horny) beast called man when we insist on marriage in return for sex. While there may be some truth to this stereotype, it is not universal, nor is it a recipe for strong, lasting and sexually healthy, heterosexual relationships.
I would argue that if men are aimless, goofballs these days (and I don't think this is so), it's their responsibility to turn themselves around. Going back to the fifties: "no sex for you until you get a good job, marry me, and give me babies," is not going to give men a "real purpose" in life. Men, like women, need to find their own purpose in their lives. This is a human (existential) struggle, and for most of us it goes beyond (although for many it does include) the realm of our reproductive drives.
I've decided to give the book three stars this time (first review was not a hit), as as I found it thoroughly entertaining. No book has gotten me this worked up in a long time. I'm going to recommend it to all my "radical feminist" friends.
A heterosexual male