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The Hazards of Being Male: Surviving the Myth of Masculine Privilege

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A book that needed to be written

By Gregory Naylor - August 30, 2001

I came across a copy of this book waiting to be picked up by the trashmen. I read it and passed it around to all of my male friends. It is amazing both that despite the age of the book it still rings so true, and that every girl girl who so much as saw the cover, instantly denounced it as sexist filth, thereby proving the need for this work as a part of the lives of American men.

Why is this book not required reading in schools?

By Lauren Marie Owen "Lauren Marie Owen" - October 24, 2007

A must-read for men! So many of my male friends dislike feminism. Why? Because of the way feminism is taught. When I went to college 4 years ago, men were consistently shown how unfairly privileged they were; that they had a multitude of extra privileges as males. Then they were told to "acknowlege" these priveleges - aka - feel consistently guilty about them.
All I wanted was for them to acknowlege that women were to be seen as equal. These friends who are seemingly put off by feminism, do in fact make that acknowlegement. But I knew we had an acknowlegement to make, as well. They might have had an even tougher time growing up in our society. And this rigid upbringing might actually prevent them from truly seeing women as equals. For instance: men are rigidly trained never to hit a woman. Why? Because she is a delicate flower that he could easily crush. In truth, people should not hit anyone, and if they must, only in self-defense (not just ego defense). The perpetuating of the... read more

Guilt is Not Power!

By Carmen Matthews "The Serene Samurai" - November 29, 2002

This is a wonderful book for both men and women to read, to get more out of our lives. And read it more than once, because by the time you finish you will want to step back into the world of the scenarios described in this book, to travel further along your ability to appreciate humanity.When we keep in mind the message from William James, "Sow a thought; reap an action. Sow an action; reap a habit. Sow a set of habits; reap a character. Sow a character; reap your destiny," as we read a book like "The Hazards of Being Male," we will have many "Oh yeah's. That explains it."This book also helps men to be men, while they face their authentic selves.Without the right to feel; have a male friend; share financial responsibility with women; participate as involved, playful fathers; no longer be self-destructive; and no longer harbor extreme guilt, traditionally thinking men, that is most men, are not living the life that they deserve to live."The male has paid a heavy price for... read more

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