One of the most depressing books I’ve ever read…and it went on, and on, and on.
Flipping the script of ‘male as oppressor’. I think there’s a lot of truth to what he says, though I’ll admit, the author has a bitter tone and some of his reasoning doesn’t seem rationale.
Where to start? How to summarize this book?
After reading the book, you understand how disadvantaged the man is in society, legally and socially. The woman gets a lot of leeways, even when it comes to killing (for example, there are 12 women-only defense for murder), than the man does not.
The author provides a lot of ancedotal reasoning which is invalid from a persuasion point of view. More stats and less indiviudal cases which I’ll admit are gruseum.
The author provides a unique viewpoint for why homosexuality is not accepted: a gay man does not provide adequate protection for women. For this, we called homosexuality immoral. The fear of homophobia was that no one would be providing for the next generation. Historically, we only tolerated it when we were no longer worried about survival (ie USA after WWII, Greek and Romans once they had the security of an empire). Do we really care less about the lives of men who are unwilling to reproduce and protect? Our initial lack of attention to AIDS – until it became apparent that heterosexuals were also at risk – makes our attitude quite transparent.