I like Maureen Dowd's writing and parts of this book were very funny - NOT at all the man-hating diatribe some people have accused it of being. I did find though that it came across as a mishmash of thoughts and personal recollections and there were times when I found myself wondering what the point of the book was. A fun light read.
Maureen Dowd is a political columnist for the New York Times with a wicked sense of humor. In this book she wanders a little far afield into the contentious world of relations between the sexes. I'm not sure it is all completely accurate from a scientific point of view, but it is not a screaming diatribe against men, either. If taken in the proper spirit, this is a fun and funny series of columns about men, women and how they relate to each other.
Are men afraid of smart, successful women? Why did feminism fizzle? Why are so many of today's women freezing their faces and emotions in an orgy of plasticity? Is the idea of "having it all" just a cruel hoax?
In this witty and wide-ranging book, Maureen Dowd looks at the state of the sexual union, raising bold questions and examining everything from economics and politics to pop culture and the "why?" of the Y chromosome. These new writings will delight her devoted readers-and anyone trying to sort out the chaos that occurs when sexes collide.
Provocative title aside, I found that Maureen Dowd's Are Men Necessary?: When Sexes Collide consisted mainly of her private musing over American gender relations. The New York Times Op-ed columnist covers familiar ground including dating rituals and expectations, pop evolutionary psychobiology, Viagra, Botox, Anita Hill, and Hilary Clinton, with some Washington and elite journalistic name-dropping thrown in. One is either going to appreciate her acerbic wit (more likely if you share her liberal views) or find her biased and overgeneralizing. The book is very easy and quick to read, but I thought it lacked an overall coherent argument. Loved the dust jacket artwork, though.
Maureen Dowd, Pulitzer Prize Wining columnist for the New York Times digs into the Y and X files, exploring the muddles and mysteries of sexual combat in America. the battle of the exes will never be the same.
Joan R. reviewed Are Men Necessary? : When Sexes Collide on
This book was a gift to me and I hated the title so it took a while for me to read it. Once I got into it a few chapters, I actually enjoyed it. Ms. Dowd brings forth some interesting commentary and of course, her sense of humor. Give it a shot.