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Is there anything good about men? : how cultures flourish by exploiting men

Author: Roy F Baumeister
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2010
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Have men really been engaged in a centuries-old conspiracy to exploit and oppress women? Have the essential differences between men and women really been erased? Have men now become unnecessary? Are they good for anything at all? In Is There Anything Good About Men?, Roy Baumeister offers provocative answers to these and many other questions about the current state of manhood in America. Baumeister argues that  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Roy F Baumeister
ISBN: 019537410X 9780195374100
OCLC Number: 769094569
Notes: What a question!. Are women better than men, or vice versa?. The most underappreciated fact about men. Are women more social?. How culture works. Women, men, and culture : the roots of inequality. Expendable beings, disposable lives. Earning manhood, and the male ego. Exploiting men through marriage and sex. What else, what next?
Description: viii, 306 s
Contents: What a question!. Are women better than men, or vice versa?. The most underappreciated fact about men --
Are women more social?. How culture works --
Women, men, and culture : the roots of inequality --
Expendable beings, disposable lives --
Earning manhood, and the male ego --
Exploiting men through marriage and sex --
What else, what next?.
Responsibility: Roy F. Baumeister

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Have men really been engaged in a centuries-old conspiracy to exploit and oppress women? Have the essential differences between men and women really been erased? Have men now become unnecessary? Are they good for anything at all? In Is There Anything Good About Men?, Roy Baumeister offers provocative answers to these and many other questions about the current state of manhood in America. Baumeister argues that relations between men and women are now and have always been more cooperative than antagonistic, that men and women are different in basic ways, and that successful cultures capitalize on these differences to outperform rival cultures. Amongst our ancestors--as with many other species--only the alpha males were able to reproduce, leading them to take more risks and to exhibit more aggressive and protective behaviors than women, whose evolutionary strategies required a different set of behaviors. Whereas women favor and excel at one-to-one intimate relationships, men compete with one another and build larger organizations and social networks from which culture grows. But cultures in turn exploit men by insisting that their role is to achieve and produce, to provide for others, and if necessary to sacrifice themselves. Baumeister shows that while men have greatly benefited from the culture they have created, they have also suffered because of it. Men may dominate the upper echelons of business and politics, but far more men than women die in work-related accidents, are incarcerated, or are killed in battle--facts nearly always left out of current gender debates. Engagingly written, brilliantly argued, and based on evidence from a wide range of disciplines, Is There Anything Good About Men? offers a new and far more balanced view of gender relations.

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"[Baumeister] does make the fascinating point that men operate at the extremes, socially and biologically." --Bitch 'Male readers may find some solace in Roy F. Baumeister's "Is There Anything Good Read more...

 
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