- Hardcover: 95 pages
- Publisher: Sinclair-Stevenson Ltd; 1st ed edition (September 28, 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1856191915
- ISBN-13: 978-1856191913
- Package Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,801,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lyndon applies what must be described as a Marxian analysis of second wave feminism, seeing the rapid change in the position of women in the 60's and 70's to be nothing more than a response to the demands of capitalism and the requirements of a modern labour market. The development of technologies such as the contraceptive pill and in utero abortion were introduced in order to facilitate the fulfilling of these economic needs, themselves of course having unforeseen social and cultural effects.
According to Lyndon, feminism quickly claimed the credit for the social changes that were happening when in fact the second wave was itself no less a product of the deterministic tide - a new dominant capitalist ideology fulfilling the intellectual and emotional needs of men and women who had suddenly been forced to live in ways that no other generation prior ever had, and of course, ironically justifying itself through appeals to (pseudo) Marxist theory.
What is so important about Lyndon's work is that it completely pulls the rug from under the sanctified feet of the second wave feminists. Their feminism was not a rational, purposeful struggle that successfully achieved equality for women but rather simply a blind, emotional and extremely vicious response to events that were under the control of nobody (and certainly not the likes of Germaine Greer). The similarities with Lionel Tiger's theory of second wave feminism as a largely subconscious response to the contraceptive pill are absolutely striking.
Many people know that the publication of No More Sex War had a terrible cost upon both Neil Lyndon's career as a successful journalist and also his personal life. This, despite the fact that the book reads as a model of how to conduct a crtique of feminism whilst pointedly making clear you are not attacking women. In fact, one of the text's many powerful and oft repeated messages is that feminists have shamefully betrayed not only the hopes and ideals of an entire generation, but above all the mass of ordinary working women, still largely bound by economic servitude.
A brilliantly original classic, this should be essential reading not only for men's rights activists but also for anyone seeking a fresh insight into the extraordinary social changes begun in the 60's.
Basically, the author seeks to dismantle some of the feminist 'myths' that have pervaded western societies. He blames Germaine Greer (and others of her ilk) for actually destroying the issue of women's rights by going too far - proving this by arguing (sometimes with conviction and accuracy; other times not) that Greer recanted some of her earlier statements regarding issues such as bra-burning and the protests against house-bound mothers. Interestingly, he lays the seeds of feminism (and ultimately of it's failure) on the invention of the contraceptive pill.
What will be interesting to see is whether some of his predictions are fulfilled. While he makes sense on the whole, it is not always comfortable (or even worthwhile) agreeing with his outlook.