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Sex-Ploytation 1st Edition

3.3 out of 5 stars 96 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0966963908
ISBN-10: 0966963903
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"The central thesis of the book--that women are nothing but prostitutes preying on the hard work and sexual vulnerability of men--has hit the target dead on. It's all true, every guy knows it--but you're not supposed to say this stuff!"

About the Author

Matthew Fitzgerald is a social critic.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: April House Pub; 1 edition (June 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966963903
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966963908
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,009,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on June 2, 2002
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Yes, this book is inflammatory and somewhat repetitive. No, the author does not back up his facts too well, nor is it well-organized. And no, not all women are like the ones the author describes here.
And yet, I feel this book needs to exist as a howl of frustration in the face of an overly-PC world. Have you ever wondered why there are countless books on relationships about "what women want" and how men "need to change"? Matthew Fitzgerald claims here that it is because women essentially *don't* know what they want, other than money and any excuse not to have to work for a living.
You will not find an extensive bibliography or statistics here, but the author speaks from the gut, discussing the following points:
1. If a man acts like a jerk, he is a jerk. Except if he has a lot of money; then women consider him a "challenge".
2. Women are not interested in finding a true loving partner; they are only interested in finding a free ride through life, financed by a man.
3. Women are raised to essentially use their bodies as a bargaining tool.
This is risky stuff to put in print, and although Fitzgerald is not a very skilled writer, I feel this book is important because someone has to fire a salvo in retaliation for years and years of books and TV shows which claim men are the ones doing everything wrong.
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I have read all 72 reviews of this book. What Fitzgerald wrote about women is generally true and applies to MOST of the women MOST of the time. If you are a woman whom this material does not apply to and you're one of the few exceptions it still does not disprove what Fitzgerald wrote is GENERALLY true-the exception to the rule simply proves the rule is true. This book should be required reading for every twelve and thirteen-year-old boy (before their hormones fully take control and become blinded by their want for sex at any cost) they should have their fathers, uncles and or older brothers go over the material with them and help them fathom the expedient and subversive nature of woman before it is too late. Every young man should read this book, if only to rip the rose-colored glasses from his eyes and help him see women more realistically. If you're a man over 30 you won't find anything in this book that life experiences with women haven't taught you the hard way. And I commend the handful of women who reviewed this book and were actually brave enough to admit the truth to themselves and to the world that what Fitzgerald wrote is generally true. I had always wondered why my mother never told me about the nature of woman and what goes on inside her head when selecting a mate and after reading this book I now know why. And you ladies can malign Fitzgerald's jejune writing style all you like I don't believe his ambition was to win the Pulitzer Prize when he sat down to write this book as he stated in the introduction on pg ix, "This is an incendiary book."
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My boyfriend gave me a copy of Sex-Ploytation to read, and at first I was boiling mad, but then I re-read it and realized that everything the author says is absolutely true. I have used sex to get things from men, and I pretend afterward that I haven't. I see women doing this all the time, and now it disgusts me. Matthew Fitzgerald is right: women are basically prostitutes. They put on tight dresses and show cleavage strictly to scam drinks, meals, vacations, etc. from men. It's a very sad situation, but as the books says, dating and marriage should be abut partnership, not a whore/john relationship. From now on I'm splitting the bills with my boyfriend!
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If you are a baby boomer and single, you need to read this book to put relationships in perspective. Portions of it are a little extreme, but need to be to make the point.
If you have every been burned, divorced or just raked over the coals by a woman...you will enjoy this book.
Women hate this book and with good reason...
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Several reviewers have pointed out that this book is nothing more than a rant, a letter to the editor. That is exactly what it is: a one hundred page rant. Not even that, really, since many pages are taken up with "man on the street" quotations that may or may not be the work of the author.
However, for ten bucks, this book will give you a respite from the deluge of self-help nonsense, Oprah reruns, and venomous hatred spewing from Women's Studies types. Fitzgerald slams American women, those who claim to be "liberated" but switch back to good ol' tradition whenever it suits them (meaning most American women).
If you're the type who thinks that women are goddesses then this book will either hit you like a freight train or you won't believe a word of it. If, on the other hand, you've always suspected that the PC hordes were reading from a script written by females, that all of this stuffabout men being responsible for everything bad in society and everything bad in women's lives may be hogwash, then this book will make you breathe a sigh of relief: you're not alone, after all.
Some reviewers have complained that Fitzgerald doesn't back up his assertions with any kind of evidence. Get over it, folks. It's a rant. Sure, Fitzgerald writes about the history of the feminist movement, but I read that bit in the spirit in which it was written: it's one man's impression, not a meticulous research paper.
The same goes for his slamming women for their greed. You have to read it as a rant: he's complaining about a quality of women, not their entire nature, not all that women are. Sure, he's susceptible to hyperbole but it comes with the territory... it's a rant, for heaven's sake!
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