I have complete confidence that when my own daughters attend college they will be able to listen to virtually any academic opinion and make up their own mind. She also devotes considerable space to the old nature v nurture debate. People are not going to be persuaded to change their thoughts and ideas because they are being lambasted, even if the facts back you up. Feminists will find her arguments problematic, but those who espouse a more conservative philosophy will enjoy her paean to complementarian gender roles. Here is an author who boldly speaks moral truth to cultural power. Motherhood is not oppression ; Social engineers strike out ; The mommy track ; Human flourishing.
While feminists argue that this is formed by a patriarchal society Charen can cite various studies that prove this concept wrong. Charen is the ideal candidate to write about this topic. That she does so as an intelligent woman who cares deeply about women and children only adds to the books efficacy. This book was very well written and easy to follow along. Mona Charen is a conservative columnist, but her professional focus is on personal and family life, rather than sweeping public policy proposals. Sex Matters tracks the price we have paid for denying sex differences and stoking the war of the sexes--family breakdown, declining female happiness, aimlessness among men, and increasing inequality. Feel free to challenge it and look deeper for something to refute it if you can.
Toxic masculinity ; A nostalgia trap? Mine enjoyed the audio version, which Mona herself narrates. In the end, however, I believe she falls short for the simple reason that she falls into the same trap that she accuses those she disagrees with of falling into. That concept is that feminism has failed those they claimed to want to help and in the process affected us al It will be incredibly difficult to digest this book into the short space I have to write a brief review. The book starts with a detailed history of the feminist movement and the individuals behind it. Here, she upends the feminist agenda and the liberal conversation surrounding women's issues by asking tough and crucial questions, such as: Did women's full equality require the total destruction of the nuclear family? Charen's major thesis is not that feminism is bad, but that it is too narrow-minded.
Feminism promises that we can have it all, do it all, and be it all. I had higher hopes for this book. Why should women give that up? Motherhood is not oppression ; Social engineers strike out ; The mommy track ; Human flourishing. But, again, the culture is pretty steeped in the Kool-Aid at this juncture for us to see any major improvements any time soon. The E-mail message field is required.
Marshaling copious social science research as well as her own experience as a professional as well as a wife and mother, Mona Charen calls for a sexual ceasefire for the sake of women, men, and children. The more time we waste chastening individuals—liberal or conservative—the further we get from making real progress. Have the strides of feminism made women happier in their home and work life? It's a thought-provoking attempt to induce those willing to liberate themselves from contemporary pieties to think anew about the family, about equality, and about the nature of men and women. Disappointing as this is a very important topic that deserves a non politically correct reappraisal. Will feminists give it a fair read? She rightly notes that if the media, Hollywood, music, etc. Her book will be widely praised and widely attacked. The author also does an excellent job of exposing the hypocrisy behind radical feminism.
The author insists that a code of acceptable male behavior is needed, but then makes the further leap most liberal critics will not: if there are going to be rules for men, there must be rules for women, also. This passage from the first chapter is one of many quips and observations demonstrating that Charen is not one to hold back. The belief that women should have no particular responsibility for their own safety in a community that expects excesses of the male half of its members, writes Charen, actually makes it more difficult to understand and prosecute rape on campus—which is a real, frightening criminal activity. The campus rape industrial complex ; Star chambers ; Victim blaming ; The elusive numbers ; Crimes ; Sexual assault is not a myth ; Believing victims ; Something is very wrong: it must be men -- Family. As someone who holds traditional marriage and family values, I felt that Mona Charen helped defend those beliefs in a very scientific and unbiased way. Sex Matters is essential reading for any woman looking to see through the fiction that women are not only the same as men, but that they should want to be as well. Charen also cites the widely dispelled, and yet still-touted, wage disparity myth that fails to account for choices made by women and men in the arcs of their careers.
She also makes note of the fact that several of them came to their theories not based on the situations of all women but based on individual occurrences in their personal lives that scarred them and made them go in the direction they chose; they chose to force their personal issues onto the entire fate of womanhood. He is originally from Tampa, Fla. Comments on the website or technical programs? Syndicated conservative columnist, and contributor to National Review. This is what men are, as a sweeping generalization, when it comes to relationships: idiots. Baby Boomers and give or take a year on that can relate to this book because we are all part of this period in history. But I think I do understand why.
Charen is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, a New York Times bestselling author, a syndicated columnist, and a frequent radio and television guest. She shows that stoking the war of the sexes has led to family breakdown, declining female happiness, aimlessness among men, and increasing inequality. Even if you decide it sucks, you will get an education in the process and it will make you start thinking. Charen notes the biological nature of men and women, ingrained not by social structure but by the way nature has groomed both to behave differently to one another. This book is so relevant, especially with the current political and socio-economic climates. Sex Matters is essential reading for any woman looking to see through the fiction that women are not only the same as men, but that they should want to be as well.
Her insight and wisdom, coupled with her clear and engaging writing style, are a strong combination. Children are not capable of making such life-altering, drastic decisions for themselves, certainly not when they are preschoolers. Syndicated conservative columnist, and contributor to National Review. The notion that you would interfere with that is really scary. I find this whole thing very, very dangerous.
She draws upon considerable scholarship to make her points. Most of us, it should be said, have problems with the world we live in and wish the world to be otherwise. Honest, fearless, and insightful, it's a polemic that's more than a polemic. Charen looks at their conclusions in light of contemporary studies and statistics to show where these thinkers were right — and where they went wrong. The author also dispels several myths that far-left feminists have pushed into the news cycle. Charen delves into the biological and physiological realities that set the sexes apart, and documents the extensive damage that denying these differences has done to both men and women. The essential core that she wants to come to, however, is this: Sexual differentiation has been a feature of life on Earth for millennia.