Does Feminism Discriminate Against Men?: A Debate / Edition 1

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Does feminism give a much-needed voice to women in a patriarchal world? Or is the world not really patriarchal? Has feminism begun to level the playing field in a world in which women are more often paid less at work and abused at home? Or are women paid equally for the same work and not abused more at home? Does feminism support equality in education and in the military, or does it discriminate against men by ignoring such issues as male-only draft registration and boys lagging behind in school?
The only book of its kind, this volume offers a sharp, lively, and provocative debate on the impact of feminism on men. Warren Farrell—an international best-selling author and leader in both the early women's and current men's movements—praises feminism for opening options for women but criticizes it for demonizing men, distorting data, and undervaluing the family. In response, James P. Sterba—an acclaimed philosopher and ardent advocate of feminism—maintains that the feminist movement gives a long-neglected voice to women in a male-dominated world and that men are not an oppressed gender in today's America. Their wide-ranging debate covers personal issues, from love, sex, dating, and rape to domestic violence, divorce, and child custody. Farrell and Sterba also look through their contrasting lenses at systemic issues, from the school system to the criminal justice system; from the media to the military; and from health care to the workplace.
A perfect book to get students thinking and debating, Does Feminism Discriminate Against Men? A Debate is ideal for courses in gender studies, sociology, psychology, economics, feminist philosophy, and contemporary moral issues. It is also compelling reading for anyone interested in the future of men and women.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Lucid in argument and presentation, beautifully organized, highly readable, very engaging, and well-documented. Both contributions to the volume are rich with examples, which are bound to speak to a very large spectrum of readers. The two pieces balance each other beautifully. I cannot think of anyone better qualified than these two writers to take on the tasks of presenting and examining critically these arguments. This is a book that I would seriously consider using in a course on contemporary moral issues."—Claudia Card, University of Wisconsin-Madison

"The relationship between men and feminism has never been addressed in such an exciting and accessible way, or with such extensive and engaging evidence and anecdotes."—Tom Digby, Springfield College

"Farrell contributes countless concrete examples, so that it is easy for the reader to understand his points. Sterba contributes a model of philosophical argumentation in action in the real world."—Alison Jaggar, University of Colorado at Boulder

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195312836
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/10/2007
  • Series: Oxford Point/Counterpoint Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,173,446
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

University of Notre Dame
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Table of Contents

1. Do We Need Men's Studies? History Is Men's Studies, Right?
2. Do Men Have the Power?
3. What the All-Male Draft and the Combat Exclusion of Women Tell Us About Men, Women, and Feminism
4. Why Do Men Die Sooner, and Whose Health is Being Neglected?
5. Domestic Violence: Who Is Doing the Battering, and What's the Solution?
6. The Politics and Psychology of Rape, Sex, and Love
7. Does the Criminal Justice System Discriminate Against Men?
8. Why Men Earn More: Discrimination? Choices?
9. Are Women Doing Two Jobs While Men Do One?
10. Marriage, Divorce, and Child Custody
11. Does Popular Culture Discriminate Against Men?
12. Are Schools Biased Against Girls? Or Boys?
13. The Future of Feminism and Men
1. Do We Need Men's Studies—Or Is History Men's Studies?
2. Do Men Have the Power—And If So, Would They Want to Change?
3. What the All-Male Draft and the Combat Exclusion of Women Tell Us About Men, Women, and Feminism
4. Why Do Men Die Sooner, and Whose Health Is Being Neglected?
5. Domestic Violence: Who Is Doing the Battering, and What's the Solution?
6. Rape, Date Rape: How Should We Respond?
7. Is the Criminal Justice System Sexist?
8. Why Men Earn More: Discrimination? Choices?
9. Are Women Doing Two Jobs While Men Do One?
10. Marriage, Divorce, and Child Custody
11. Do Popular Culture and the Media Discriminate Against Men?
12. Are Schools Biased Against Women? Or Men?
13. The Future of Feminism and Men
Selected Bibliography

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2007

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    The book is described as a debate. This is not a debate. James Sterba has an overwhelming advantage because he scrutinizes Warren Farrell's claims without allowing Farrell a rebuttal. Nevertheless, Farrell writes in lucid, to-the-point style, while Sterba cherry picks Farrell's arguments for criticism. Sterba is one of those feminists who cannot fathom that there is any legitimate argument against feminist ideals. He is a follower of these ideals, but he seems to ignore reality. He brings to mind the mentality of a cult member: He will go to exhaustive and tedious lengths to disprove anything that contradicts his beliefs, and he seems to believe that society should take any precautions necessary to prevent any one female from any injustice no matter the expense of others and no matter how many males may suffer injustices because of it. Sterba couldn't possibly have a son nor could he possibly know any divorced fathers with vindictive ex-wives. Without Sterba's biased input, this book would be an excellent read.

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