A Man's World: How Real Is Male Privilege - And How High Is Its Price?

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The author reports on the discontent and confusion men are feeling as changing gender roles and expectations challenge the very core of male identity. The author makes clear that white men are the only males feeling vulnerable and off balance. Black men are considered a pathologically dangerous and endangered species. But, many men regardless of race or ethnicity fear that their rights and roles are shrinking before their eyes.

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Are men really under siege in today's society? The author of The Rage of a Privileged Class now reports on the discontent and confusion men are feeling as changing gender roles and expectations challenge the very core of male identity.

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Newsweek editor Cose follows his successful summary of the continuing discomforts of middle-class black Americans, The Rage of a Privileged Class , with a report on an old, reliable topic, the war between the sexes, as regarded from a fairly new perspective, that of the "masculinist" reaction to contemporary feminism. Citing prominent ideologues and authorities of both sexes and on both sides of the issues while maintaining neutrality himself, Cose expresses facets of his argument in terms of media catchphrases, "Man as Victim" (title of the first chapter), the endangered black male, the men's movement, the sensitive man, Mr. Mom, date rape, "Men Who Just Don't Get It" (another chapter title), fathering, feeling our (male/female) pain, and battered spouse syndrome. (The most absorbingly treated of these is fatherhood; all opinions seem to be converging in the understanding that fathers are essential to children's healthiest psychological development.) As usual for this kind of once-over, there's much here that is provocative, such as the many enormous discrepancies between the findings of sound social science and the claims ostensibly based on them made by radicals, both feminist (e.g., Andrea Dworkin) and masculinist (e.g., Warren Farrell). Although Cose's flat, reportorial style gets tiresome, particularly when one reads more than a chapter at a time, his book is a current awareness briefing well done. Ray Olson

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