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According to columnist Parker, men are an endangered species struggling against everything from mere hostility to literal emasculation. Starting in elementary school, where a teacher most likely a feminist will demand that boys sit still and listen and continuing through college, where freshmen must endure rape awareness workshops, men are besieged by disrespect. Belittled by bumbling portrayals in sitcoms, their importance as fathers is so devalued that they are perceived as little more than sperm and a wallet. Parker trots out the usual suspects—mass culture, unspecified feminists, The Vagina Monologues, Murphy Brown, metrosexuals and girlymen—to propose that a feminist campaign is afoot and eager to effeminize, denigrate and destroy American men. Although Parker's deliberate provocations make for lively reading, the majority of her claims are too fanciful and unsubstantiated to be genuinely thought provoking or even interesting (erectile dysfunction is caused by young, sexually aggressive women; women serving in the army put the nation at risk). Parker makes a poor conspiracy theorist, and her statistics and unverifiable theories are unable to make her case, however vehement or entertaining their presentation. (June)
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Although its title makes it sound like a comedy in the vein of Dave Barry’s Complete Guide to Guys (1995), this book by syndicated newspaper columnist Parker is fairly serious, even though it’s written with the author’s customary semi-acidic tongue. Parker wants no part of the conventional gosh-aren’t-men-doofuses position; instead, she asks why men are so frequently portrayed (especially, but not only, on television) as clumsy, inept, slow-witted dolts. She asks other startling and politically incorrect questions, too, including why some elements of the legal system, especially those involving parental rights and child care, favor women; why feminism, which began as the quest for equality between the sexes, now seems to have mutated into a quest for female superiority; and why men are becoming ever more marginalized in American society. Parker’s against-the-grain opinions are sure to provoke criticism, controversy, and condemnation, but she is a lively writer who argues her points with great enthusiasm and often compelling logic. Expect to see Parker on plenty of talk shows. --David Pitt --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks; Reprint edition (November 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812976959
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812976953
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #252,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kelley Dupuis on July 4, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I read this book in two sittings. I could not put it down. Kathleen Parker comes out into the open and talks plainly regarding a phenomenon about which a great many American women are in denial: that over the past 40 years feminism and its evil twin political correctness have tweaked our culture in a decidedly anti-male direction. Lots of laughs for women who hate men, maybe, and as Kathleen herself told me, "a huge bonding agent for women."

Swell. But I have a message for all those "Jerry Maguire" American women out there who meet to congratulate each other on being women and to vilify men: we American men are beyond sick of it, and getting mad enough to fight back. You want that? Because here's the form that the "fighting back" will take: we'll go elsewhere to meet women. If despising us is how you puff yourselves up, who needs you?

That's a little blunt, but it needs saying. I'm an American man, and in a perfect world I would dearly love to value and honor the women of my own country. But I can't. Not now, anyway. Kathleen is absolutely correct: American women have made such a fetish of themselves, and of blaming men for all of their problems including those they bring upon themselves,that in recent years I have wondered why on earth American men should want to have anything to do with them. I'm married, so I don't have to worry about such things, (and yes, I am married to an American woman.) But I don't blame my fellow American men for going on the Internet and seeking female companions in Europe, South America or the Phillipines. I once adopted a cat who turned out to be so violently hostile to me that I returned it to its original owners. I wanted a companion, not a live-in enemy.
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This was a very well-written, reasoned book about why men are important. Most importantly, without men, there are no women, and vice versa. Being opposite and different is what makes us important and worthwhile. This book helps lay out the case that our pornographic and male-phobic society has helped encourage men to believe that they are not useful in our society. The policies of our government and how we treat men in our advertisements, schools, and homes tells them they are not worthwhile and that they should be feared in many cases (no men can sit next to unaccompanied minors in Australia: are men really guilty by default? On college campuses faces of random [not guilty] students are plastered around campus as "potential rapists": are men rapists simply for being men?). These and many more stunning and depressing cases are laid out to show how prevalent and pervasive these opinions are, as well as how foolish they really are and the consequences of such mysandry.
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I read a lot of contemporary non-fiction. Kathleen Parker's Save the Males stands out in a overcrowded field. With a light and clever hand, this southern lady works to save the males and Western Civ. "You'll laugh, you'll cry" may be a cliché but it's true here.

Save the Males has something for everyone. Young women will read Save the Males and have an appreciation for what their male contemporaries are up against. Mothers will read Save the Males and recognize a familiar story. Hardened feminists may read Save the Males and feel remorse. Men will appreciate that they're appreciated. Everyone should read, can read, and will enjoy reading Save the Males.
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As a reader from Spain, this book is a good warning on what is coming from the politically correct USA . Our "progressive" socialist government is importing all the failed policies inspired by radical feminist in the States. The result will be the same inequalities, with a Spanish accent, but happy brainwashed voters.
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This well researched and thought-out book puts the, "We don't like men and we don't need men" rhetoric of the feminist educators and mass media into a present day context. It's the latest snap shot of our society post modern feminism, and things are worse than ever.

Men won't or can't ever be victims of a social movement they supposedly perpetuated. What they want is simply to STOP BEING BLAMED and stop being forced to PRETEND women are the same as men just for the sake of keeping the hoochie door open at home. Instead we're told everywhere men and women are equal in all regards except women are given special privilages because they can give life, (or legally take it depending on the situation at that time).

It's very sad to me that this book will never come close to making the NY TIMES best seller list or here at Amazon. The author/publisher had to know that "You Shall Non Criticize Feminism" is commandment #1 in the Feminist Manifesto, but yet she bravely proceeded onward to write a terrific and worthwhile observation of the gender wars today. I can only hope that someday it becomes a classic as more confused men and thoughtful women seek answers to the question, "Why do we hate each other so much?". This book contains many of those answers.
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An excellent, very well-researched, informative, very readable must-read. Parker is to be commended for clearly demonstrating the fallacies of the politically correct ways in which male and female roles have been steered in recent decades. She brings much-needed sanity to this discussion, and she does it with a delightful wit that comes through on every page.

She is particularly effective in assessing the harmful way that the US Military has dealt with women. She points out exactly how the current use of women endangers both male and female soldiers and unit morale. (My discussions with my son, who served 27 months in Iraq, strongly support her conclusions.)

Save the Males also offers most valuable analyses of the current American family structure and of teen and young adult sexual activity. Her conclusions are searingly accurate, and are based not on dogma, but on the realities of what is good for society and what most definitely is not.

This is not, however, a negative book. Parker sees the honor, worth, and desirability of both the male and female as they truly are and should be. Despite the setbacks that males and females have suffered due to attempts at social engineering, Parker concludes with a well-charted course that we can follow.

Bravo to her for creating this excellent work.

John L. "Jay" Holcomb, Greenfield Center, NY
Former US Air Force Officer
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