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Sexual Suicide Mass Market Paperback – 1975

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (1975)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000GH88BA
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,011,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By John Yuskaitis on June 1, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The Sexual Revolution is now complete - anything and everything is looked upon as normal and there are very few inhibitions, if any at all. Thirty-three years ago Gilder tried to show us why we were embarking on a suicidal mission, but we didn't receive his message very well, did we?

His most essential premise is that men and women are different, not only sexually and physically, but emotionally and even intellectually. The second important point he makes is that women are not inferior to men, and in fact are superior in sexual matters for the simple reason that they are constructed physically and emotionally to handle the new lives that result from sexual unions, whereas men lack the rudimentary necessities for doing so. This idea contrasts sharply with the feminist assertions that men consider women inferior and treat them that way. Gilder doesn't have anything very favorable to say about the feminist movement, which he feels is, in large part, responsible for the present-day attitudes about sexual relationships between men and women.

The author is an advocate of strong families, which has ALWAYS been the cornerstone of a strong society, and he reasons that the breakdown of heretofore normal sexual relationships is leading to the breakdown of families. Sure enough, 33 years later we can see just how badly the family structure is breaking down, and it is not hard to imagine the almost total demise of the family.

Gilder makes so many good points in his analysis that it is hard to zero in on which are the most important, but one such point that needs and deserves comment is the one on gender roles.
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Format: Hardcover
I bought and read "Sexual Suicide" when it was out in the 1970's. It was an eye-opener, reminescent of Alexis de Tocqueville's "Democracy in America" [...]. Since he has written a new book (1992) called "Men and Marriage," (which I confess I have not yet read,) that might be a more up-to-date statement of the consequences of the sexual revolution than is his 1973 writing.

The value of the 1973 writing is still great, partly because it demonstrates that before the sexual revolution had "won" our society, a thoughtful sociologist could predict accurately what would be the consequences of women giving men the opportunity to sexually use them outside of marriage:

1. One MAJOR reason males married was to have a sex life. Post-Sexual Revolution, marriage becomes unnecessary to have sex,

2. so women find it difficult to find men to marry. They become increasingly willing to settle for a live-in boyfriend or a series of one-night stands.

3. The live-in boyfriend is far more likely to sexually or physically abuse his girlfriend's children than would be their own father. (The emotional and physical consequences of this abuse are immense.)

3. Children born to single mothers must either be given up in adoption (which is now rarely done), or the mother must try to go it alone financially. Especially if the mother is not through school, she will have great difficulty getting enough education to make an adequate income. She and her children often live in poverty.

4. Poverty often means attending sub-adequate school systems, and see undesirable examples of choices in the neighborhood around them.

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Format: Hardcover
Gilder once wrote a book proving a very simple point - men should have all the jobs to equalize all the babies for women. Instead, we have foolishly given women all the jobs in addition to all the babies. Gilder correctly predicted all that has come to pass - which is why his analysis is indisputably correct. Of course, he could have mentioned that feminist movements have proved equally disastrous in the past - ancient Sparta and Rome, for instance. But that is a minor criticism of an otherwise excellent - and very prophetic - book.
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