- Paperback: 488 pages
- Publisher: Berkley Trade; Reissue edition (January 9, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425181448
- ISBN-13: 978-0425181447
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (196 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly
Men who make their way through the interminable subtitle and embark on this orignal and significant study will find that they haven't lost the ability to cry after all. While some feminists may assert that it is an attack on women, the book attempts to show areas in which males operate at a disadvantage without claiming that women are responsible for their plight. Psychologist Farrell stresses economics, pointing out that the 25 worst types of jobs, involving the highest physical risk, are almost all filled by men. He also considers warfare, in which virtually all of the military casualties are men; the justice system, where sentences for males are customarily heavier; and sexual harassment, which has become a one-way street. He concludes with helpful advice on "resocializing" the male child, adolescent and adult. Clever cartoons enliven the text.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Library Journal
Consider this: a professional football game between the Atlanta Munchkins and the Dallas Fairies! Farrell, the only man ever elected three times to the board of the National Organization for Women in New York City, juxtaposes this incongruity with our normal reference to more powerful images in order to call attention to the myth that males are the more powerful sex. He defines power as the ability to control one's life and explains that men do not possess this power to the degree that most people think. Farrell cites numerous statistics about higher workplace death rates for men, military role inequities, and examples from violent sports to illuminate his unique perspective. Glib statements abound, so the printed text is essential for anyone seeking to ascertain Farrell's factoids. His anthropological and historic analyses, combined with his thoughts on the male psyche, will surely stimulate discussion.
- Dale Farris, Groves, Tex.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
What I appreciate most is that this book presents facts that are difficult to argue with and speak for themselves. In fact, I think that if there was a "cliffs notes" version of this book that included only the stats then it might be even more influential to some who have a closed mind to the idea that men actually have it quite rough in our country.
I found myself thinking about how many times I have heard men be labeled as the "privileged" gender, as if it were that black and white and always easier to be a man. Now I finally know why those conversations always seemed severely oversimplified.
One recent reviewer simply said "A whiney book". I think this is a good example of Dr. Farrell's thesis. When a woman writes a book about how women are treated unfairly, it is usually called feminist progress, strength, courage, activism, advocacy, and a step towards equality. When a man writes a book about how men are treated unfairly, someone calls it "whining" in an attempt to mock/shame men into silence and not speaking up for change, by applying a label (whiner) that implies weakness for expressing vulnerability.
To any woman who feels confused about why men might be angrier than she would like, I urge you to read this book. As comes up over and over again in this book, most men want most of all to have female love, and we base our lives on how to obtain it and prevent losing it. As Dr. Farrell points out, teenage boys suffer more emotionally than girls when a breakup of a love relationship occurs, and men are far more likely to commit suicide when left by a woman than the other way around. I think most of us men don't even realize how powerless we feel to get women to appreciate us, especially since society is constantly telling us how powerful we are. If you want a loving connection with a man, this book might help you build empathy and appreciation for them, which could be a good step.
I also recommend SEX AND CHARACTER by the great Otto Weinenger, for those who really wish to delve more deeply into the nature of the female psyche.
Warren Farrell spends time carefully demonstrating the ways in which masculinity has been constructed to serve elites and not the common men and women. How "manliness" has been constructed to both our detriment and women's. He follows this through to explain why most men do not occupy a place of special privilege but rather a symbiotic place of mutual survival with women.
All of this lays out a clear need for a gender liberation for men as being just as essential to our continued happiness and a free and equal society as feminism is.