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The Manipulated Man Paperback – January 16, 2009
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'A provokative, runaway bestseller.' Newsweek'Extraordinary... a vigorous answer to Women's Lib.' The Times'No one escapes her icy scrutiny.' The New York Times
About the Author
Esther Vilar was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She studied medicine and sociology before becoming a writer. She followed the world-wide success of The Manipulated Man with two more books about the relationship between the sexes, The Polygamous Sex and The End of Manipulation, the novels The Mosquito and The Mathematics of Nina Gluckstein and numerous plays, including The American Popess and Speer. Her latest play is Jealousy.She lives in Barcelona and London.
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Emma Watson's 2014 UN speech called "He for She" is a good example of the current politically correct attitudes on gender. In her speech, Ms. Watson acknowledged that men have problems, but that men's problems will be resolved when they help women solve women's problems. Therefore, the "He for She" title. This attitude implies that men should suppress their problems and feelings for the betterment of women, and that women have little to no agency in resolving their and society's problems. Of course, this is complete non-sense, and should be considered an insult to all women because it implies that women do not have equal agency as men. Children are attributed low agency status, and it's an insult to call a grown adult a child. Without equal agency, can there be equality? Or maybe by deliberately ignoring women's agency, politically correct attitudes on gender do not seek equality? In addition, this attitude also ignores the relationship between the genders.
Esther Vilar has some very insightful and politically incorrect observations about women's bad behavior. She attributes women's bad behavior to culture and learning, which implies agency, and therefore, also implies equality. If men can act badly, why do we become so defensive when someone points out the bad behavior of women? This is definitely a subject that needs to be explored to fully understand the human experience.
The book was written over 40 years ago. It's more likely many of the author's observations are the result of biological impulses that evolved in our distant past instead of learned behavior. EO Wilson's "The Social Conquest of the Earth" is a good book that describes our evolutionary history, and some of the biological impulses that are the result of that history. Video blogger Karen Straughan (aka Girl Writes What) also discusses many of the topics described in this book within the context of contemporary research on evolutionary biology. However, this doesn't invalidate Esther Vilar's observations, which are a little extreme at times but also based on accurate observations. Her observations will help both men and women recognize the toxic behavior of some women that is otherwise ignored by a politically correct society. And for that reason, the book is worth a read.
You will never be the same person again, you will never look at them the same again, such is the price of an education.
It's a short, easy read (semantically, syntactically, lexically, but not emotionally).
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