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More than a classic bestseller...

"a bombshell"* in the battle between the sexes.

Beyond anger. Beyond controversy. Beyond dogma...

...lies understanding. This is what bestselling author Warren Farrell discovered when he took a stand against established views of the male role in society, and pursued a course of study to find out who men really are. Here are the eye-opening, heart-rending, and undeniably enlightening results...

A deeply liberating work that empowers both sexes and deepens love...Read it, please. (Harold Bloomfield, M.D.)

A bombshell...Forces us to see our everyday world from a fresh perspective. (Camille Paglia, The Washington Post)

This is one terrific book...As groundbreaking and provocative as The Feminine Mystique was decades ago. (Carol Cassell, Ph.D., author of Tender Bargaining)

Provocative ideas likely to challenge...should be a part of any future discussion of the gender issue. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Powerful insights...For men and women, The Myth of Male Power could be an unforgettable wake-up call. (David Kaplan, Houston Post)

Intellectual dynamite...Farrell continues to open genuine communication between the sexes. (Anthony Robbins)

Impressive and important. (Nancy Friday)

Explosive...armed with hundreds of thoroughly documented statistics and legal citings...its very provocativeness.... (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

The bestselling author of Why Men Are the Way They Are sheds new light on the state of men in today's society, arguing that male power is a myth with startling and eye-opening facts. Farrell brilliantly illusrtrates how the male-as-oppressor image has fueled hatred between the sexes: making women feel angry and victimized and men unloved and unappreciated.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Men who make their way through the interminable subtitle and embark on this orignal and significant study will find that they haven't lost the ability to cry after all. While some feminists may assert that it is an attack on women, the book attempts to show areas in which males operate at a disadvantage without claiming that women are responsible for their plight. Psychologist Farrell stresses economics, pointing out that the 25 worst types of jobs, involving the highest physical risk, are almost all filled by men. He also considers warfare, in which virtually all of the military casualties are men; the justice system, where sentences for males are customarily heavier; and sexual harassment, which has become a one-way street. He concludes with helpful advice on ``resocializing'' the male child, adolescent and adult. Clever cartoons enliven the text. Aug.
Library Journal
Consider this: a professional football game between the Atlanta Munchkins and the Dallas Fairies! Farrell, the only man ever elected three times to the board of the National Organization for Women in New York City, juxtaposes this incongruity with our normal reference to more powerful images in order to call attention to the myth that males are the more powerful sex. He defines power as the ability to control one's life and explains that men do not possess this power to the degree that most people think. Farrell cites numerous statistics about higher workplace death rates for men, military role inequities, and examples from violent sports to illuminate his unique perspective. Glib statements abound, so the printed text is essential for anyone seeking to ascertain Farrell's factoids. His anthropological and historic analyses, combined with his thoughts on the male psyche, will surely stimulate discussion.-- Dale Farris, Groves, Tex.
Kirkus Reviews
The War Between the Sexes escalates considerably with this broadside attack in which men's-movement leader Farrell (Why Men Are the Way They Are, 1986, etc.) contends that the more subjugated sex is...the male. Farrell was on the board of directors of NOW in N.Y.C. until he realized that he'd "been listening to women but men." What he finally heard from men—and from his research into socioeconomic issues—is explosive. Through numerous short-take paragraphs, Farrell—armed with hundreds of thoroughly documented statistics and legal citings—argues that men are oppressed by several "glass cellars," among them war (in which it's mainly men who die); suicide ("A husband whose wife dies is about ten times more likely to commit suicide than a wife whose husband dies"); and "the death professions" ("The Jobs Related Almanac...found that twenty-four of the twenty-five worst jobs were almost-all-male jobs"). He emphasizes that women live, on average, seven years longer than men, and that men's health issues, unlike women's, are basically ignored. He contends that women's net worth exceeds men's, and that economic power, if measured by spending rather than by earning, belongs primarily to women ("Both sexes buy more for women"). Farrell accuses government of becoming a "substitute husband" through welfare and through discriminating in favor of women in cases of murder, sexual harassment, and rape; castigates current laws regarding date rape and spousal rape; and claims that many accusations of rape are false. Finally, he predicts that the "mythopoetic" men's movement will become "political and activist"—a prediction he seems to be trying to fulfill through thisbook. Farrell's claimed aim is to heal through rebalancing, not to wound. But as a veteran of confrontational TV (Oprah, Donahue, etc.) and other media, he must know that this work will cause far more dissension than dialogue—and that its very provocativeness may well make it the hottest men's book since Iron John. (Illustrations)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425181447
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Warren Farrell, Ph.D., is the author of Women Can't Hear What Men Don't Say and The Myth of Male Power. Dr. Farrell taught at the School of Medicine of the University of California in San Diego, and has taught psychology, sociology, and political science at Georgetown, Rutgers, and Brooklyn College. He is the only man elected three times to the board of N.O.W. in New York City. He lives in Encinitas, California.

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Table of Contents

Part I: The Myth of Male Power
1. Is Male Power Really a Myth? A First Glance
2. Stage I to Stage II: How Successful Men Freed Women (But Forgot to Free Themselves)
3. Are "Power," "Patriarchy," "Dominance," and "Sexism" Actually Code Words for Male Disposability?
Part II: The "Glass Cellars" of the Disposable Sex
4. The Death Professions: "My Body, Not My Choice"
5. War Hero or War Slave?: The Armed Prostitute
6. The Suicide Sex: If Men Have the Power, Why Do They Commit Suicide More?
7. Why Do Women Live Longer?
8. The Insanity Track
9. Violence against Whom?
10. If We Cared As Much about Saving Males As Saving Whales, Then...
Part III: Government as Substitute Husband
An Overview
11. How the System Protects Women, Or... Two Different Laws We Live In
12. Women Who Kill Too Much and the Courts That Free Them: The Twelve "Female-Only" Defenses
13. The Politics of Sex
14. The Politics of Rape
15. From Husband Sam to Uncle Sam: Government as Substitute Husband
Part IV: Where Do We Go From Here?


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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2003

    read this book

    First introduced to Mr. Farrell¿s books at the age of 18 I responded with righteous indignation, ¿just a man making excuses¿ for his behavior and discarded the book. Now age 35 I have read every book he has written. His writings changed my relationship with myself (as a man), every man in my life (father, brothers grandfathers, friends and strangers) and woman in my life. I consider my vocabulary inadequate to accurately articulate the quality and integrity of Mr. Ferrell¿s thoughts and conclusions. Although many of Warren Farrell¿s ideas are contrary to common thinking --- 100 percent of his conclusions are consistent with my experience as a growing man. Purchase this book for yourself and all others that you love.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2001

    Dr. Farrell makes no assertions he can't back up

    'It's a man's world'? Not really, and Warren Farrell carefully documents the ways that it isn't. He has great insight into the workings of our culture, but at the same time many of the things he points out should be obvious but aren't, because of the pervasive anti-male attitudes in this society. I've heard all my life about how men have all the advantages, and about how men are disrespectful towards women, and about how women are nobly suffering in an opressive society. I believed this for a long time, and while it caused me a good deal of self-hatred, I resolved not to be like other men who abuse and discriminate against women. As I got older I began to notice 2 things: (1) I didn't know of any other men who abused or discriminated against women and (2) although I was always careful to treat women with respect, few women were willing to do the same with me. This got me to think that perhaps there is little truth in the the things I learned about male inferiority and male priviledge. Then Dr. Farrell provided the evidence I needed to validate that observation. The truth about men, I believe, can be summed up in the following quote from THINK AND GROW RICH by Napoleon Hill: 'Man's greatest motivating force is his desire to please woman!...It is this inherent desire of man to please woman which gives woman the power to make or break a man.' Many feminists (but not all) are gleefully and successfully encouraging women to use their power to break men, and it is men's desire to please women that keeps the silence on the truths expressed in Dr. Farrell's book. As he puts it, only one side has shown up in the war between the sexes. I should point out that Dr. Farrell is careful to express that not all of feminism is bad. He wants to 'cherish feminism's baby, but not its bathwater.' He is compassionate toward BOTH sexes, and he has an optimism about the future of gender relations which is infectious. I would like to recommend ALL of his books. THANK YOU, WARREN!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2005

    Black people have all the power, too.

    Now someone needs to write a book about the myth of white power. Everyone seems to think black people make less money and have fewer opportunities than whites, but it's really whites who are suffering. Farrell needs to get on this right away!

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