A Gender Handbook for Western Man [NOOK Book]

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In his book “A Gender Handbook for Western Man,” author Elder George states that Western thought suffers from a gender imbalance, specifically from a lack of masculine influence, and does not understand the purpose of human existence. George maintains that mankind’s purpose on Earth is the propagation and preservation of humankind while on its spiritual journey. Consequently, Western thought has pursued a grossly materialistic lifestyle, leading to the destruction of the family ...
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A Gender Handbook for Western Man

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Overview

In his book “A Gender Handbook for Western Man,” author Elder George states that Western thought suffers from a gender imbalance, specifically from a lack of masculine influence, and does not understand the purpose of human existence. George maintains that mankind’s purpose on Earth is the propagation and preservation of humankind while on its spiritual journey. Consequently, Western thought has pursued a grossly materialistic lifestyle, leading to the destruction of the family and consequently an implosion of society.
George attributes the issues facing society, such as high prison populations, high divorce and adultery rates, the growing dependency on medication, and the increasing incidence of mental illness, to Western thought’s ignorance of gender and the patriarchal structure necessary for the well-being of humankind. George believes that those with a marriage, a family, and a spiritual orientation realize the limitations of the materialistic society that engulfs them. In need of direction, “A Gender Handbook for Western Man” offers hope and direction by describing in logical, non-technical, and readily understandable terms the natural patriarchal way of life that supports family.
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This book will polarize...and will cause you to think and certainly talk about what is happening in the world, OUR world, today.Elder George states some astonishing facts... Read this book. Not to enjoy necessarily, but to learn and spark heated discussion on both sides of the fence!
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016669311
  • Publisher: Men's Action, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/2/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 411 KB

Meet the Author

Elder George has devoted a major portion of the last 20 years to explaining the principle of gender and how it affects the functioning of the universe. He hosted a public access television program in Manhattan for nine years in which he explained his message in detail and to which he received an unusually high following for this medium. He served as a paid weekly columnist for seven ethnic newspapers in which he related the needs of society to gender.
Elder George is chief of Men’s Action to Rebuild Society, a spiritually-based and gender-oriented organization that promotes a more natural way of life for humankind. He is also the author of "Dear Brothers and Sisters: Gender and Its Responsibility. "
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2013

    Review: ¿A Gender Handbook for Western Man¿ by  Elder George  W

    Review: ‘A Gender Handbook for Western Man’ by  Elder George 

    Why is it that one side of public discourse is usually better presented than the other one? Thus in the left corner of the gender debate
    you have a  well-researched,  engaging book  ‘Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead’  by Sheryl Sandberg  and in the opposite
    corner -  Elder George’s  pamphlet  (66 pages plus essays, which served as drafts, 196 pages in total is not a book). 

    Elder George (EG) explains life, universe and everything in his “15 Maxims”,  which remind of a generic ancient mythology,
    where the picture of the Universe is a mechanic extension of everyday life. According to EG, everything, starting from the Galaxies
    and ending with subatomic particles, is either male or female; the first is active and dominant, the second is passive and receptive
     – this is the natural, patriarchal order.

    The author blames all Western society ills on the perversion of this fundamental patriarchal principle, illustrating it with fable-like
     examples from nature and some very biased 'facts'. For example, the explosion in  number of US  prisoners  (mostly male, but he
    doesn't mention this) and high level of the depression among women (again,  there is no statistics for men) are the result of the broken
     down patriarchal society in general and women with ideas above their natural place in particular. The author waxes lyrical about
    a primitive societies, where women “cook, clean, sew, mend, wash, nurse, and nurture“ and men, according to Elder George,
     do nothing, waiting for a lion or to attack, so women can tell them to organize the defense.

    He decries a necessity for a male to work in routine jobs, 9 to 5, while he should sit around and contemplate abstract thoughts women
     are incapable of. Working emasculates men, leading to the chaos we are in. We should  renounce this unnatural state of things and
    all go back to the noble savage society, where only women work; otherwise we are doomed.

    Just as printing press led to the explosion of different quality publications including anonymous religious pamphlets, which try
     to persuade the reader to embrace The Sacred Truth using quotes from the sacred text, digital revolution lead to the proliferation
    of self-published treatises like “The Western Man” - badly written without any research. EG says in the preface that you don't need
    research to understand and accept his Universal Patriarchal Truth.

    But even if contradictory evidence such as high level of prostitution in countless ancient civilizations and raise of mass-consumption
    of antidepressants among women in more patriarchal American post-second World War society are too much to expect from
    a polemic publication, reader could expect the scientific facts such as an alleged non-existence of electrons without a nucleus or
     simultaneous presence of tigers and lions in Africa and America, to be checked, if the facts illustrate a point. Even more the reader
    deserves to know basis of completely incorrect assertions such as “all female organisations fail”, while nuns' monastic orders
     are 1,500 years old.

     And even a purely speculative publication should be well-written to have a chance of an impact on a reader, but EG's thoughts are not
    clear. For example, there would be no point in the “Gender Handbook” if, as the writer states, the western man had no concept of
    gender. What he probably means is that the current gender roles are incorrect. The spelling and punctuation could be better as well
     -  my favorite typo/wrong title is 'Forward' instead of Foreword and it is really a Preface.

    “The Handbook” should be reclassified from “Gender studies”, because any scholarly element is absent . Summarising, I prefer
     religious pamphlets to this treatise it for the three main reasons:  The pamphlets contain quotes from the best gems of human culture,
     professionally edited and almost never openly misogynistic.
                                                        
                                                  Dr. Victoria Doronina, a non-depressed, married mother of one

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