Are Men Necessary?: When Sexes Collideby Maureen Dowd
Are men afraid of smart, successful women? Why did feminism fizzle? Why are so many of today’s women freezing/b>/i>
Outspoken, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times Op-Ed columnist Maureen Dowd tackles the hot-button topic of gender politics in this “funny, biting, and incisive take on women's place in American society today.”*
Are men afraid of smart, successful women? Why did feminism fizzle? Why are so many of today’s women freezing their faces and emotions in an orgy of plasticity? Is “having it all” just a cruel hoax?
In this witty and wide-ranging book, Maureen Dowd looks at the state of the sexual union, raising bold questions and examining everything from economics and presidential politics to pop culture and the “why?” of the Y chromosome.
In our ever-changing culture where locker room talk has become the talk of the town, Are Men Necessary? will intrigue Dowd's devoted readers—and anyone trying to sort out the chaos that occurs when sexes collide.
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“Fun...plenty of style and wit.”—Baltimore Sun
“She'll keep you turning pages...Dowd has a voice that carries.”—People
“No one vets the culture with a keener eye than Dowd.”—Chicago Tribune
“Maureen Dowd has waded into the one topic more controversial than politics: sexual politics.”—Austin American-Statesman
“The New York Times columnist is dizzyingly well-read and well-rounded, with references from Oscar Wilde to Valley of the Dolls. My favorite part was when she casually flund the phrase 'as Carmen Miranda used to say' into a discussion of the Enron scandal...very lively...always entertaining.”—Chicago Sun-Times
“[Dowd] discusses sexual realities and absurdities, doing so with the same verve and nerve with which she handled the other hot-button topic—politics—in her 2004 bestseller, Bushworld...hilarious, cutting, and provocative.”—Booklist
“Readable, provocative, and entertaining.”—*Library Journal
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Meet the Author
Born in Washington, Maureen Dowd began her journalism career in 1974 as an editorial assistant for The Washington Star, where she later became a sports columnist, metropolitan reporter and feature writer. From there she went to Times magazine, then moved to The Times’s Washington bureau in 1986 to cover politics. She has covered seven presidential campaigns and served as a White House correspondent. In 1995 she became a columnist for The New York Times Op-Ed page and in 1999 won the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary.
In addition to her two New York Times bestsellers, Bushworld and Are Men Necessary?, Dowd has written for GQ, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, The New Republic, Mademoiselle, Sports Illustrated and others.
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Maureen Dowd is an witty, urbane writer with nothing nice to say. There is just a general cynicism and meaness in her point of view.
Mindless dribble and ramblings. Insane namedropping of male personalities centered along the Washington - N.Y. corridor.
She's been called acerbic and acid-tongued. She's been called witty and on-target. One thing Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd has not been called is dull. Her word play is rib tickling and she says it as she sees it, whether one agrees with her or not she is highly readable. It was some years ago that I first read her in The Wall Street Journal. Then as now, trenchant phrases that stick in my mind seem to pour from her pen. Mellow with the years? Avoid hot-button topics? Not Maureen Dowd. She courts controversy again as she culls from her New York Times columns to ask 'Are Men Necessary?' Listen as she takes on a subject fascinating to all - men and women or, as she frequently finds them, men vs. women and, of course, sex. She roadmaps the decline of feminism and explains why men are not biologically suited to hold higher office. Botox and breast implants take hits for turning women into Barbies, while men are seen as having to make themselves feminine in order to come out ahead in love, work, and war. Cosmo girls better take cover when Dowd's on the prowl, but they'll need to make room for Hillary Clinton, too. Whether you love her or demonize her, the pleasure for me was hearing her read the audio version. Of course, her voice is not stage trained, but it is definitely Dowd - sounding a bit 'scratchy' at times as if she'd pulled too many all-nighters yet always placing the emphasis exactly where she wants it to be. You wouldn't think she would and she doesn't resort to employing a 'little girl' voice when asking questions. She seems to be standing there firing them at you then, not missing a beat she responds. (She knew the answer all along). Such is the dilemma - is the highly intelligent Dowd a darling or a devil? Whatever the case, this audio edition is well worth a listen. - Gail Cooke
I was intrigued from this book which tends to be oriented towards relationships. I didn¿t know what to expect at first but let me tell you this book is wonderful and will make you laugh a lot. I agree that the title sounds quite feministic. Dowd has shown the good, the bad and the ugly of both sexes however, which makes it more or less objective. It is really thought provoking and it made me think: ¿are they¿. Then I looked at my hubby and realized that ¿they are¿. Sometimes it may be a little bit difficult but at the end it is worth it. Another ¿man¿, who set our bed on fire several weeks ago is Alan Ritz with his bestseller. Dowd also agrees that eventually ¿they are¿ and I am thankful to God for that.