Are Men Necessary?: When Sexes Collide

Are Men Necessary?: When Sexes Collide

by Maureen Dowd


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Four decades after the sexual revolution, nothing has worked out the way it was supposed to. The sexes are circling each other as uneasily and cimically as ever, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist digs into the Y and X files, exploring the myths and muddles of sexual combat in the modern world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399153327
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 11/08/2005
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.24(w) x 9.26(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About 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 GQVanity FairRolling StoneThe New RepublicMademoiselleSports Illustrated and others.

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Are Men Necessary?: When Sexes Collide 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
extrajoker on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Are Men Necessary? examines perceptions and portrayals of women, from pop culture to politics. Some of the topics disturbed or frustrated me (and the section on the prevalence of cosmetic surgery really squicked me), but it's definitely a worthy read. Intelligent without being tedious.This book was my introduction to Dowd (the NYT op-ed columnist who also authored Bushworld). She seems to be a person of true integrity...who's taken a lot of flak...for being a person of true integrity. I think what really proves this integrity is that she's not so partisan as to deny the failings of Democrats...while sniping at the Republicans. ;P
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I purchased this book for my wife because we both enjoy Maureen Dowd's newspaper columns. We both had a good time reviewing and comparing notes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mindless dribble and ramblings. Insane namedropping of male personalities centered along the Washington - N.Y. corridor.
GailCooke More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.