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From The CriticsAccording to DeMott, cultural critic and author of The Trouble With Friendship: Why Americans Can't Think Straight About Race, women are becoming more emotionally distant and less sympathetic and kind. In their race to the top, he contends, women are abandoning the very principles on which feminism was founded. With an impressive array of facts and examples, this book makes a headlong attack on gender shift, the wholesale acceptance of male-associated characteristics as the ideal building blocks of successful people. With forceful language the author argues that it is this acceptance that has led to an egotistical frenzy of emotional estrangement and profit for profit's sake, which is diametrically opposed to the original, socially beneficial goals feminism first embraced. Only through "gender flexibility," DeMott explains—the acceptance of all kinds of personalities and characteristics in all kinds of people—can men and women come to an understanding of what is and what is not toxic in their natures. Throughout the book, DeMott deconstructs media representations of women and critiques feminist scholarship, making a though-provoking argument that asks readers to re-examine society's beliefs about women and success.