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"Timely when originally published, Men and Marriage is essential now given the the warlike climate of
male-female relationships, unfortunately fostered by radical feminism."
Men and Marriage is a critical commentary that asks the
burning question, How can society survive the pervasive disintegration of the
family? A profound crisis faces modern social order as traditional family
relationships become almost unrecognizable.
George Gilder's Men and Marriage is a revised and expanded
edition of his 1973 landmark work, Sexual Suicide . He examines
the deterioration of the family, the well-defined sex roles it offered, and how
this change has shifted the focus of our society. Poverty, for instance, stems
from the destruction of the family when unmarried parents are abandoned by
their lovers or older women are divorced because society approves of their
husbands' younger girlfriends. Gilder claims that men will only fulfill their
paternal obligations when women lead them to do so, and that this civilizing
influence, balanced with proper economic support, is the most important part of
maintaining a productive, healthy, loving society. He offers a concrete plan
for rebuilding the family in America. His solutions challenge readers to return
to these roles and reestablish the family values that were once so crucial in
staving off the ills that plague our country.
Gilder insists that it is time to reexamine what "liberation" has
wrought and at what cost. Only a return to traditional family values, he
contends, can stem the tide of disaster.
George Gilder is the author of Wealth and Poverty , the
best-selling critique of Reaganomics, The Spirit of Enterprise ,
Visible Man , Naked Nomads , and The Party That
Lost Its Head . He was a speechwriter for Ronald Reagan and now writes
regularly for The Wall Street Journal and National Review about
material advances and their effect on society. His most recent books include
two other well-known social commentaries, Microcosm and Life After
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"Men and Marriage . . . is an outstandingly important and well-argued book."National Review
Drug Addiction, lack of education, welfare, children in poverty, violence, unemployment, single-parent homes-these critical problems facing our country today. Many ideas have been presented regarding the cause of these problems, but only George Gilder speaks directly and with authority about their one undeniable source: the disintegration of the American family.
Men and Marriage examines the loss of the family and the well-defined sex roles it used to offer and how this loss has changed the focus of our society. Poverty, for instance, comes from the destruction of the family when single parents are abandoned by their lovers or older women are suddenly divorced because society approves of the husband's new, younger girlfriend. Gilder claims that men will only own up to their paternal obligations when the women lead them to do so and that this civilizing influence, balanced with, proper economic support, is the most important part of maintaining a productive, healthy, loving society. He offers a concrete plan of action for rebuilding the family in America. His solutions challenge readers to return to these roles and reestablish those family values which were once so crucial in staving off the ills that plague our country.
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