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The Rational Male

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1492777862
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492777861
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (237 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,349 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I really enjoyed this book and will certainly re-read it.

All men have to navigate the sexual marketplace and relationships with women throughout their lives, and most men instinctively want a more sophisticated understanding of how that market really works. At least I always have. Unfortunately the modern media is so terrified of offending women and losing the marketing cashflow associated with them, it's become aggressively anti-male to the detriment of the average guy. Most men spend their entire lives perceiving the gender power dynamics around them almost as white noise, with no real ability to tune into what's actually happening in their interactions. Many men perceive their own gender and even themselves to be unworthy of the respect, dignity and options our society is so desperate to guarantee for the average woman, without really understanding why they feel this way.

The Rational Male is an easy to digest set of essays that essentially tune men into the real dynamics of the sexual marketplace, and the cultural/political forces surrounding it. It's easy to see when reading it that the author's primary intent is to educate the average guy about his potential, options, leverage and best strategies when interacting with women. It's particularly valuable because it does an excellent job of explaining women's sexual and relationship strategies, and some of the most common social conventions used to leverage guys into acting against their own best interest in their relationships without them even realizing it.

If you read and appreciated books like Men on Strike by Dr Helen Smith or The Myth of Male Power by Warren Farrell, you will probably enjoy this book as well, because although they cover different subjects they frequently touch on similar themes.
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About 4 years ago I watched a TV ad. Ad was about a fat boy (male in his 30) crying in his bed calling for his mother, because he was sick. At the same time his wife was standing beside, looking pity and giving him an advertised pill. I sat there with only one thought: " what the hell." That night I watched only ads. I was shocked with what I found. Almost every ad had the same concept of crying, weak or somehow passive man and woman in dominant role. I couldn’t fully comprehend the stuff I was seeing at that time. And so it began.
I wanted to understand. I wanted to know why. I wanted to know if I'm the only one or am I just going crazy. I've been in serious relationships, in playful, I had ONS, but when I tried to understand and rationalize my behavior and behavior of other people around me, I failed to make the correct order out of it.

This book in particular, was one of the first semi-serious evaluations I read about this topic. It helped me to structure my thoughts and understand my own actions, as well as people around me. For me it was like reading in the native language I knew when I was a kid, but then lost overtime, and when I started reading again, the language came back to me, and I could fully understand and enjoy the full power and passion of it, even more comparing to when I was a kid.

However, there is a downside. The downside comes not from the book itself, but rather from us and our own ego. Unintentionally we were set up that way that when you read the book, and you have your own “aha” moment, people tend to go from one extreme to another. They feel burned, they feel like they were lied to their whole life, and so their first reaction is anger, its irritation, its generalization of facts and actions of other people.
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This morning I stumbled upon a blog, [...] I noticed that the author of the blog had a recently released book of the same name, and so I bought the Kindle edition and read the entire book. Some of you are questioning my owning a Kindle, as I am admittedly somewhat anti-technology. However, I live in limited space environments and read prodigiously, so despite my preference for the physical book, a Kindle has become my standard method of reading. Here's my take on The Rational Male.

Rollo examines gender interactions quite thoroughly in this book, and clearly shows his knowledge. I found the book to be quite interesting, however, I was distracted several times by poor editing which caused me to have to re-read a number a passages. I also found the general structure of the book less than ideal-it reads like a number of blog posts put together without much thought as to the order. Halfway through the book you may get a section defining a term that has been used throughout the preceding portion of the book. However, the quality of the ideas makes up to some extent for the poor editing and presentation.

Rollo presents a path for men to recognize their own value in the sexual marketplace and enhance both their options and value through diversification, or as he puts it, "plate spinning." The book is primarily written in a way that assumes that fornication is a necessity for his readers, although he does say that those with religious or moral codes can apply his principles in a modified way and receive the same benefits. As a savage that rebels against the free sexuality of the Brave New World, I still appreciate and agree with many of his concepts.
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