- Paperback: 254 pages
- Publisher: Open Court (January 22, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0812692373
- ISBN-13: 978-0812692372
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 24 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,508,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Why Men Rule: A Theory of Male Dominance Paperback – January 22, 1999
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A subject this large cannot be adequately covered in a book this short. But, within the constraints of space of a single book, I think that the author makes a reasonable case. There is definitely some truth in this book.
Sadly, many people reject the thesis because it appears to conflict with desirable social goals. I fully endorse the fundamental goal of absolute equality for women in EVERY corner of our society. I am deeply disturbed by the misogyny appearing here and elsewhere on the Internet. The ghastly and disgusting campaigns waged by misogynists against such figures as Kathy Sierra (see http://www.wired.com/2014/10/trolls-will-always-win/) leave me shaking with anger. But the evils committed by misogynists do not justify a denial of truth in any form; Mr. Goldberg's book must be evaluated on its own merits or failings, not because of its political implications. Indeed, if his thesis be correct, I think that our society would be advanced by bringing our attitudes into conformance with the thesis. This does not mean that we should condone one iota of gender bias, one brusque dismissal of a woman's ideas, or one sexist slur. The world is a complicated place, and we do not achieve social justice by denying truth.
Much of the Marxist/feminist ranting against so-called "biological determinism" of the past 20 years has been an attempt to refute Goldberg, and it is extremely revealing that they have been unable to do so without misrepresenting his arguments. Here Prof. Goldberg replies to his Marxist/feminist critics, showing why biological factors are extremely likely to be the cause of the universality of human patriarchy, and why the purely environmentalist explanations fall short.