The Manipulated Man Author:Esther Vilar The Manipulated Man is modern man, grinding away at a dull but fairly lucrative job, so that as a person he is not much more exciting than a robot. His intelligence has been numbed into believing that his sole function is to provide for his parasites, one wife and one or more infants. — From earliest childhood, men are emotionally blackmailed by... more » women, first by their mothers, then by their wives. As a child, a man becomes addicted to a maternal praise; as an adult, he marries a woman who will maintain this addiction as well as enhance it by gratifying his sexual needs. This is the relationship commonly called "love."
Woman uses her brain as infrequently as possible except to deceive and control man. Her primary goal is to keep herself beautiful and to give the illusion of being intensely busy (while, in fact, doing mindless chores). At all costs she will avoid doing work that is really exacting.
The author's intention is not misogynous: it is to place the blame for sexual inequality squarely where it belongs, on the shoulders of women themselves. As Esther Vilar puts it: "Only women can break this vicious circle of exploitation. But they will not break it, for they have no rational reason for doing so. Thus the world will continue to sink into a kitschy, barbaric, and feebleminded morass of femininity."« less